GOA PRO LEAGUE
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)