Sporting Clube de Goa earn first win against Shillong Lajong


Goals from Ogba Kalu and Adil Khan gave Sporting Clube de Goa a 2-1 victory over Shillong Lajong in the Aiff’s I-League football competition at J N stadium, Shillong on Sunday. Lajong led 1-0 at the breather.

After keeping good ball possession in the first half, Lajong found themselves ahead just before the breather as Friday Gbeneme headed in from a pin point cross which was hoisted into the danger area from the right flank.

Sporting Goa soon equalized after resumption, when Ogba Kalu managed to steer home a cross from the wing which flew past the helpless Lajong goalkeeper.

In the closing stages, Adil Khan intelligently shot into the net from a goal mouth melee to find the winner for Sporting Goa.


Sporting Clube de Goa to play Shillong Lajong


Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Shillong Lajong in the 3rd round of the AIFF’s I-League football competition at the JN Stadium, Shillong on Sunday.

Sporting Goa played East Bengal in the first round which ended in a goalless draw and lost to Dempo 0-5 in their second game, leaving them with only a point from two outings.

This time out they hope to do a lot better, after gaining confidence with a recent win over Goan giants Churchill Brothers in the Goa Pro League.

Despite beating Shillong Lajong at home and away last season, it will be by no means a roll over  for the Flaming Oranje as their opponents can rely on a technically sound team sent out by coach Desmond Bulpin, backed up with a large vocal home support to make the occasion a deafening spectacle.

Sporting Goa will hope the current good form of Ogba Kalu continues as they attempt to wrestle all three points from Lajong.

Sporting Clube de Goa defeat Churchill Brothers


Victorino Fernandes and Rowllin Borges netted in the second half as Sporting Clube de Goa defeated Churchill Brothers Sports Club 2-0 in GFA’s Kingfisher Goa Pro League on Sunday. The match was goalless at the breather.

It took a long time coming; five games to be exact, but the Flaming Oranje finally won their first game in this season’s Goa Pro League and that to in an extravagant fashion.

After a baron first half which saw plenty of goal mouth action from both sides, Sporting Goa took the initiative nines minutes  after the break when Rowllin Borges shot at goal, which was charged down by team mate Victorino Fernandes and he took one deadly  swipe at the ball which found the back of the net.

Sporting Goa continued to grow in confidence and could have swelled the lead further. Substitute Stephen Barretto hit a pearl of a shot which was destined for the top corner, but the experienced Churchill custodian Felix D’souza was clasped at full stretch to provide a net defying save.

Deep into injury time Stephen slid the ball through for Rowllin and he kept his shot low to add the final blow in a pulsating end to proceedings.

Before kickoff, a one minute silence was held in respect for the former Sporting Clube de Goa striker Rakshek Naik who passed away on Saturday after he was involved in a tragic road accident. Rakshek was currently playing for Margao Sports Club, before his premature death. Rakshek will be sadly missed by the Goan football fraternity.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ashok Singh, Joyner Lourenco, Samananda Singh, Rojen Singh, Mathew Gonsalves, Freiman Peixote, Rowlin Borges, Ogba Kalu, Joseph Pereira, Mario Lobo, Pandhari Chopdekar.

Subs: (Victorino Fernandes in/ Mario Lobo out “34), (Stephen Barretto in/ Pandhari out “66) Rowan Pereira in/Rojen out “72)

Churchill Brothers: Felix D’souza, Satish Singh, Ravanan Dhakmaraj, Sanjay Balmuchu, Raju Yumnam, Steven Dias, Bikramjit Singh, Sclache Cardozo, Hasten D’Costa, Ajay Singh, Henri Rebenot.

Subs: (Amandeep Singh in/Hasten out “H/T), (Asley Fernandes in/ Sclachie out “H/T), Gurtej Singh in/ Bikramjit Singh out 68”)

Sporting Clube de Goa to meet Churchill Brothers


Sporting Clube de Goa will meet Churchill Brothers Sports Club in Gfa’s Kingfisher Goa Pro League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday. The kick off time is 4p.m.

The Flaming Oranje have so far collected 3 points from four matches and will be hoping for a big performance from their stars as they try to take all three points in this hotly awaited encounter for Goan Football Fans.

This will not be at all easy as Churchill Brothers are currently on 7 points from three games and a win would see them climb to the top of the table.

Sporting Goa will have to try and contain danger man Ajay Singh who has scored a brace in his last two outings for Churchill Brothers and is currently the league’s top goal scorer.

Sporting Goa’s goals have so far come from the midfield with Ogba Kalu and Joseph Pereira in good form.

Sporting Clube de Goa rescue a point against Cavelossim


A superb volley from Ogba Kalu deep in injury time saved Sporting Clube de Goa from defeat as they drew 1-1 with Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim in Gfa’s Kingfisher Goa Pro League at Poriat ground, Calangute, on Thursday. Cavelossim led 1-0 at the interval.

Cavelossim were reduced to ten men in injury time after Plecio Carvalho rather unnecessarily lifted a reckless flying boot to leave a footprint in the chest of substitute Stephen Barretto.

Sporting Goa dominated the game and should have really been ahead. Right winger Freiman Peixoto was unlucky to hit the cross bar twice in the second half.

Cavelossim were happy to play on the counter which nearly worked for them as they hustled and bustled strongly to maintain their slender lead, but at the death they caved in to a late onslaught from the Flaming Oranje.

Sporting Goa nearly took the lead in the 34th minute, when Rojen Singh intercepted the ball in midfield and fed Ogba Kalu, but the Cavelossim goalkeeper Jason D’mello smelt the danger and stood tall to block the oncoming shot from close range.

In the 43rd minute, Perryson Rebello managed to get between the Sporting Goa defence and squeeze the ball past the helpless goalkeeper to give Cavelossim a shock lead.

In the second session, Sporting Goa played with more urgency as they tried to find a gap to exploit in the sturdy Cavelossim defence.

Midway through the half, Sporting Goa’s Freiman Peixoto sent in a hopeful corner to the back post which Joe Pereira played  across the face of goal, but substitute Victorino’s Fernandes’ firm header fizzled just over the woodwork.

In the third minute of stoppage time, Stephen Barretto floated the ball into the area, where Ogba kalu was lurking to execute a neat volley and equalize for Sporting Goa.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Gerard D’mello, Charles Cardoz, Clement Joseph, Keenan Almeida, Rovan Pereira, Rojen Singh, Freiman Peixoto, kalu Ogba, Joseph Pereira, Pandhari Chopdekar, Dawson Fernandes.

Subs: (Victorino Fernandes in/ Pandhari out “35), (Rowllin Borges in/ Charles out “71), Stephen Barretto in/ Freiman Peixoto out “76)

Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim: Jason D’mello, Agnelo Colaco, Mariano Fernandes, Juluis Akipele, Remus Gomes, Plecio Carvalho, Fredrick Endro, Perryson Rebello, Tunard Fernandes, Rayman Fernandes, Agnelo D’souza.

Subs: Semson Fernandes in/ Tunard Fernandes out “H/T), (Richard Colaco in/ Rayman Fernandes out “78), Gurpreet Singh in/ Jason D’mello out “88)



Sporting Clube de Goa take on Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim


Sporting Clube de Goa is set to do battle with Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim in the 4th round of the Kingfisher Goa Pro League at Poriat ground, Calangute on Thursday. The kick off time is 4p.m.

Surprisingly the Flaming Oranje is still searching for their first win of the season in the Goa Pro League. In their opening match they were narrowly beaten by Sesa Football Academy 1-2 and have since drawn matches, with Wilred Leisure 0-0 and NRB Vasco 2-2, which they should have quite easily won having been in the driving seat for the greater part of proceedings.

Cavelossim has only played two games so far, winning their opening match comfortably 3-0 against Margao on the opening day of the season. They have since lost 1-2 to Dempo Sports Club, but will be looking to return to winning ways.

In the last round both teams dropped points after conceding very deep into injury time, but you can be sure that the clubs will remain focused till the final whistle this time out.

This game is crucial for both clubs and is certain to tickle the taste buds of Goan football fans, especially along the coastal belt who crave to watch and cheer on the local talent of Goa in action.

NRB Vasco great escape against Sporting Clube de Goa


An injury time free kick from Agnelo Colaco helped NRB Vasco to come back from the dead and hold Sporting Clube de Goa to a 2-2 draw at Poriat ground Calangute on Tuesday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.

Sporting Goa made a super start after they took the lead within three minutes. A through ball was played for Stephen Barreto, who raced into the box and crossed for Joseph Pereira who seemed to have all the time in the world as he struck the ball low through a frozen Vasco defence, with it clipping the post on its way into the back of the net.

After resumption, the Flaming Oranje continued to maraud forward and was rewarded after substitute Victorino Fernandes was sent sprawling to the floor under a heavy challenge. From the resultant penalty Ogba kalu who was back in the first eleven after a bout of flu, stroked the ball into the corner to double the lead.

Not to be outdone, Vasco’s attacks continued to simmer and they finally stumbled on a ray of hope, when Elvino Fernandes was brought down on the edge of the 18 yard box. Agnelo Colaco managed to curl the ball up and over the wall and into the back of the nylons to pull a goal back for the Mormugao outfit.

The referee added  four minutes of injury time, which proved enough time for Vasco to nick the equaliser from yet another free kick courtesy of the lethal boot of Agnelo Colaco. This one was hit with venom and pinged of the wall as it deflected into the back of the net.

Seconds later at the final whistle, there were smiles all round from the Vasco players, while a horrific look of frustration hung on the faces of the Sporting Goa players, as they knew it was another two points dropped, rather than a point earned.

Gerard D’Mello, Charles Cardoza, Joseph Clemente, Keenan Almeida, Wellington Fernandes, Adil Khan, Stephene Barreto, Joseph Pereira, Ogba kalu, Pandhari Chopdekar, Pedro Gonsalves.

Subs: (Pandhari out/ Victorino Fernandes in “H/T), (Pedro out/ Bisheshwor Singh in 67), (Charles out/ Rojen Singh in 77)

Rajan Kumar, Elvino Fernandes, Anup Raj, Monday Felix, Agnelo Barreto, Jose Colaco, Rohan Kamble, Bitu Singh, Bruno Figueredo, Felix Odili.

Subs: (Anup Raj out/Rauf Khan in 21”), (Bitu Singh out/ Aiken Dias in “38), (Rohan Kamble out/ Mario Mascarenhas in “63)