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.