Sporting Clube de Goa defeat Kalighat 3-2
Dawson Fernandes netted a first half brace as Sporting Clube de Goa edged out Kalighat 3-2 in the Federation Cup at Silliguri, West Bengal on Sunday. Sporting Goa led 3-1 at the interval.
Nigerian Christopher Chizoba scored a brace for Kalighat, but his efforts went in vain as they crashed out of the tournament after suffering their second defeat of the campaign.
Sporting Goa were forced to make one change to the side that drew with East Bengal in their opening match, as Guinea defender Keita Boubcar who incidentally suffered a dislocated finger in that tie, went down with fever on the eve of the game. Rojen Singh came in to deputise and partner Adil Khan at the heart of the defence. Mackroy played in the hole as a deep lying striker in a preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Sporting Goa took the lead within the first quarter of an hour after Jovel Martins burst down the left flank and hoisted in a well driven cross, which eluded the opposition defence and fell for Mackroy Peixoto who flung his head bravely at the ball to score.
Seven minutes before the break, Christopher struck a cracking equalizer for kalighat from outside the box, which gave the Sporting Goa custodian Ashok Singh very little chance of keeping out.
Sporting Goa was determined to restore their lead before the interval and exploded lively forward at every opportunity. In the 42nd minute, Dawson cut past his marker and flew into the box, only to be toppled over by a kalighat defender. Dawson jumped up, brushed the mud of his knees and coolly slotted in the penalty as Sporting Goa went 2-1 ahead.
Within the space of two minutes Dawson struck again with a low driven angular shot to give Sporting Goa a two goal cushion going into the breather.
In the 72nd minute, Christopher bagged his second goal of the game as he tricked his way into the box, using sublime skill to reduce the margin for Kalighat.
The closing stages was exciting, as Kalighat’s Christopher went forward in search of the equalizer, linking up nicely with James Jiblee, while the Flaming Oranje continued to counter attack at every given opportunity, being egged on by the appreciating neutrals in the crowd.