Sporting Clube de Goa defeat ONGC in Durand Cup

After converting two second half penalties, Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) finished their campaign on a high as they defeated ONGC 3-1 in the quarter-final group stage of the 125th Durand Cup at New Delhi on Tuesday. The match was tied 1-1 at the interval.

For the second match in a row, Sporting Clube de Goa were forced to play in heavy rain which left the surface in a mucky state, but this time around the Flaming Oranje were determined to brave the weather and get the desired result they were looking for.

There were a whole host of changes to the team which played against Assam rifles in the last match. Goalkeeper Agnelo Gomes came in for Gerard D’mello, Joyner Lourenco came in to partner Adil Khan in defence, while Jovel Martins was moved onto the left wing in place of Joseph Pereira which allowed Roven Pereira to start at left back.

Boboi  (rb), Velito Cruz (rw), Ogba Kalu (mid) and Mackroy Peixoto (mid) maintained their positions. The other expected change was Victorino Fernandes coming in to partner Dawson Fernandes up front.

Five minutes before the break, Sporting Clube de Goa took the lead through Victorino Fernandes who got himself into a good position to tap home a cross from Jovel Martins. Within two minutes ONGC pulled a goal back with a quick move started from a throw in.

In the second session, ONGC continued to push forward, which allowed Sporting Clube de Goa to continuously catch them on the break. Fifteen minutes from time Dawson Fernandes was brought down in the box, which allowed Ogba kalu to score from the penalty spot.

Seven minutes later, another clumsy challenge from an ONGC defender on Jovel Martins resulted in another penalty. Substitute Pratesh Shirodkar slotted home to give Sporting Clube de Goa a satisfactory victory.

“Although we have left the tournament prematurely, our young squad has grown in confidence as a unit and we have also improved tactically, “remarked Sporting Clube de Goa technical director Alex Alvares.

Assam Rifles topped the group with 4 points from two matches and qualified for the semi finals, Sporting Clube de Goa finished second with 3 points and ONGC were last with 1 point.


Sporting Clube de Goa to meet ONGC in Durand Cup

Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) have only pride to play for when they face ONGC in a quarter- final group match of the 125th Durand Cup in New Delhi, on Tuesday at 2.45p.m.

Assam rifles equalised in the fifth minute of injury time, to draw 1-1 with ONGC on Sunday which means Sporting Clube de Goa have already been eliminated from the competition.

Assam Rifles are currently top of the group with four points from two matches and ONGC must win by two clear goals to progress into the semi-finals, which makes the final group game even more exciting.

Sporting Clube de Goa will be missing two of their foreign recruits, namely defender Keita Boubcar who was injured in the last match and striker Bong Takwi Betrand who is unwell, but will still look to go all out in search of victory.

Sporting Clube de Goa Technical director Alex Alvares is not down beat in regards to the injured players as he feels this will give others in the team a chance to prove their credentials. “We will give some players a rest due to injuries, but I can assure the fans of the Flaming Oranje that we will be taking this game very seriously,” remarked Alex.

Joyner Lourenco is set to deputise for Keita in defence, while Victorino Fernandes could replace Bong and is set to partner Dawson Fernandes upfront, in an attacking line up.

The two sides are also due to meet in next month’s Federation Cup group stage and so it will be an early opportunity for Sporting Clube de Goa to size up the opposition.

Sporting Clube de Goa go down fighting

Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) went down 2-3 to Assam Rifles in their opening quarter-final group match of the 125th Durand Cup at Delhi on Friday.

Sporting Clube de Goa took the lead after just five minutes, after a move started at the back with Keita Boubcar, who pushed the ball through to Mackroy Peixoto and he played in Dawson Fernandes who crossed from the left side for Bong Betrand to volley home.

Sporting Clube de Goa had a number of chances to increase the lead with Ogba Kalu, Joseph Pereira and Bong coming close.

Just before the break Assam moved in front after scoring two quick goals in succession through M.Kamei and Bulu Jingdung, after a lapse in concentration from the defence.

The rain poured down heavily after the break which hindered both the teams playing style.Midway through the second half, Assam netted their third through Ajit Kumar Singh.

In the last ten minutes, kalu controlled a neat pass from substitute Rowlin Borges to pull a goal back for the Flaming Oranje, but it proved too little too late.

Sporting Clube de Goa set to meet Assam Rifles in Durand Cup opener

SCdG ready for tough battle!

Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) will lock horns with Assam Rifles in their opening quarter-final group match in the 125th Durand Cup at Delhi, on Friday. The kick off time is slated for 1.45p.m.

The Flaming Oranje departed from Goa on Wednesday and was in high spirits after great performances in recent friendly matches, which included a win over Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim and a draw against Salgaocar Sports Club. This gave technical director Alex Alvares and coach Ekendra Singh many options to think about when finalising the twenty player squad.

Once reaching Delhi, the only setback for Coach Ekendra Singh was finding out about the early kick off. “We tried to move the time of the game to later in the evening, when the temperature would be more conducive for a football match. But the organizers did not budge and so the show must go on,” remarked SCdG coach Ekendra.

The other team in Sporting Clube de Goa’s group is ONGC and they will meet each other on Sunday.

The following is the SCdG squad: Gerard D’Mello, Agnel Gomes, Wellington Fernandes, Adil Khan, Keita Boubcar (Guinea), Rovan Pereira, Boboi Singh, Joyner Lourenco, Ogba Kalu (Nigeria), Jovel Martins, Pratesh Shirodkar, Mackroy Peixoto, Valerio Rodrigues, Joseph Pereira, Rowllin Borges, Velito Cruz, Dawson Fernandes, Victorino Fernandes, Stephen Barretto and Bong Takwi Betrand (Cameroon).

The other team’s participating in the tournament at the quarter final group stage are (group 1) Pailan Arrows, Air India, Delhi Utd, (group 2) SCdG, ONGC, Assam Rifles, (group 3) Pune FC, Sesa FA, CRPF, (group 4) Punjab Police, Dodsal, Army XI.

Two Sporting Clube de Goa Academy players chosen for Airtel Rising stars


Akeraj and Ndidi along with Gawin and Joel

Ndidi Chukwuma and Akeraj Martins are the two Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) Academy players selected to participate in the next round of the ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ football talent hunt competition, after successfully coming through the final day of the trials which were being  held at Poriat ground, Calangute on Sunday. The third boy from Goa chosen was Joel Fernandes, while Gawin Pinto was selected as the goalkeeper.

Joel Fernandes of Holy Cross High school, Siolim, along with Ndidi Chukwuma and Akeraj Martins both of Don Bosco High School, Panjim have made it through to the All-India finals where they will battle it out with players from sixteen other Indian cities between the 10th and 15th of September.

Gawin Pinto of Sarsawat Vidayala High School, Mapusa has been chosen as the goalkeeper to represent Goa, but he will have to travel later this week to Mumbai to fight it out with goalkeepers from Pune, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in the West zone goalkeeper trial and if successful will only then be chosen to travel to Bangalore with the other three boys next month.

The three boys from Goa will join 45 other players, who will be divided into four teams of 12 and will be tested on all parameters, including physical attributes, individual skills, match situations and their performances in actual matches.  Twelve of the best players will be chosen to travel to Manchester United for a week to train alongside the Manchester United Academy team.

Sporting Clube de Goa academy players participate in Airtel Rising Stars!

Aspiring Airtel Rising stars in action

Twelve players from Don Bosco H/S, Panjim, representing Sporting Clube de Goa participated in the Airtel Rising stars talent hunt football competition at Poriat ground, Calangute on Saturday. The tournament is being held in partnership with Manchester United Football Club.

Close to 700 boys from the whole of Goa turned out for the trials and 115 were selected to come back for the second day, where only three players and one goalkeeper will eventually be chosen to participate in the All-India Inter-City leg.

Players were shortlisted for Day 1 purely based on their talent and expertise. These included technical and tactical skill, physical and mental strength, social skills, behaviour, communication, discipline, enthusiasm and fair play.

The final day will see the youngsters tested for individual skills, as well as see how they perform in a match situation.

Sporting Clube de Goa draw friendly match

SCdG striker Victorino steaming down on goal

Sporting Clube de Goa 0 – Salgaocar Sports Club 0

Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) played out a goalless draw with Salgaocar Sports Club in a pre-season friendly match at Dando ground, Benaulim on Friday morning. There was a heavy downpour fifteen minutes before kickoff, which made the playing surface a little waterlogged and hindered the artist’s of the team slightly.

This was the first time this season that all three Sporting Clube de Goa foreign recruits, namely Guinean Keita Boubcar, Nigerian Ogba Kalu and Cameroonian Bong Takwi Bertrand played together in the starting eleven and the early signs looked promising as the trio made up the backbone of the Sporting Club de Goa line up, as defender, midfielder and striker respectively, sprinkled in with the local Goan flair.

Salgaocar rested three of their foreigners which included Brasilian defender Luciano Sabrosa, Namibian midfielder Quentin Jacob and Australian striker Sean Rooney, but Spanish-Filipino striker Angel Guirado made an energetic entrance in the second session.

Sporting Clube de Goa started brightly and could have been ahead after just five minutes when Velito Cruz crossed from the right, which Bong wonderfully controlled and laid off for Victorino Fernandes, but his shot was saved.

Reliable midfielder Mackroy Peixoto curled in a free kick which dipped just over the crossbar. Moments later, Mackroy hit another long ranged shot, which was just wide of the target.

Just before the break Victorino Fernandes was involved in a goal mouth scramble, in which he managed to slip the ball past the on rushing Salgaocar goalkeeper, but the rival custodian managed to get back in the nick of time and clutch the ball before it could enter the goal.

In the second session Sporting Clube de Goa introduced a completely new eleven, for the second friendly match in succession as they threw their youngsters in at the deep end in a ploy to test their bench strength.

Salgaocar too upped the ante, in what resulted in a fast pace and end to end contest, but with both teams lacking that final killer touch in front of goal.

In the end both clubs went away with plenty to ponder and improve upon, before the season finally gets underway.