FULL TIME: Sporting Clube de Goa 1 – Margao SC 0

Sporting Goa seeking possesion

Sporting Goa’s Pratesh Shirodkar seeking possession

Victorino comes of the bench to give the Flaming Oranje victory

GOA PRO LEAGUE

Super sub Victorino Fernandes scored the all important goal in the 58th minute as Sporting Clube de Goa defeated Margao Sports Club 1-0 in the kingfisher Goa Pro League at Raia Panchayat ground, on Thursday.

With less than 13 minutes of coming off the bench Victorino latched onto a neat through ball from Obiora Anorue and still with some work to do wonderfully rounded the goalkeeper and placed in from an acute angle to give Sporting Goa the win.

With this victory Sporting Goa moved up to 5th place with 9 points from seven matches. The Flaming Oranje still has two more matches against Dempo Sports Club and Goa Velha Sports Club in December to cement their place in the top five.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Saurav Chakraborthy, Charles Cardoza, Mathew Gonsalves, Joyner Lourenco, Jovel Martins, Velito Cruz, Pratesh Shirodkar, Mario Lobo, Joseph Pereira (C), Obiora Anorue, Seiya Sugishita.

Subs: (Victorino Fernandes on/Seiya off ‘H/T), (Mackroy Peixote on/Mario Lobo out ‘H/T), Mohammed Ali on/ Charles Cardoza off “59).

Margao SC: Bruno Colaco, Francisco Calado, Lenny Pereira, Benzy Clemente, Vijay Rego, Ashley, Araujo, Sunford Cardoza, Mavesh Oliveira, Mario Fernandes, Gammy Costa, Joel Camara.

Subs: (Shelton Dias on/ Joel Camara off ’62), (Godfrey Rodrigues on/ Francisco Calado off ’84).

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Sporting Clube de Goa face important test against Margao

Sporting Goa players in practice

Goa Pro League

 Sporting Clube de Goa will face Margao Sports Club in a Kingfisher Goa Pro League match at Raia Panchyat ground, on Thursday. The match is scheduled to kick off at 4p.m.

The game is important for Sporting Goa as a win would edge them closer to qualifying for the five-team super league, which is set to start shortly after the first round finishes.

Sporting Goa is currently on 6 points from six matches and a win would propel them from 9th position to fifth place. Margao is currently in sixth position with 8 points from seven games and are also looking to finish the first stage on a bright note in the hunt for a top five spot.

In their last Goa Pro League outing the Flaming Oranje lost 1-3 to Salgaocar Football Club, while Margao lost 0-3 to Dempo Sports Club and both teams will be looking to bounce back and make amends for the defeats.

When the teams met last season at this stage, at the same venue, on 15th October 2011, Sporting Goa won convincingly 3-0 over Margao.

Pune edge out Sporting Clube de Goa

Moga sharing a moment with friends

I-LEAGUE

Sporting Clube de Goa had what looked like a clear goal disallowed, as they were edged out by Pune FC 1-2 in an I-League match organised by the All India Football Federation, at PJN stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. The match was level 1-1 at the interval.

Pune FC striker James Moga tried his level best to score against his former employers, but could not quite find the mark. It was left to team mate Subhash Singh to rustle up a brace and sink Sporting Goa.

Sporting Goa opened the scoring in the 21st minute, when Adil Khan  pushed the ball neatly back for Jovel Martins and from the right flank he spun a sweet cross to the back post, where Anorue Obiora was lurking to toe-poke home.

Three minutes before the breather, Pune FC found the equalizer after the ball was lofted into the danger area and it fell kindly for James Moga who blasted it powerfully at goal, which the Sporting Goa custodian could not quite hold onto and allowed Subash Singh to tap in from close.

Changing over, Sporting Goa received a blow early on when Adil Khan who was filling in at right back, had to come off with a shoulder injury.

In the 65th minute Sporting Goa worked the ball to the left, with Jovel Martins’ cross headed out to the edge of the box, only as far as Freiman Peixote who steamed forward at full throttle and drove the ball at goal. The ball kissed the cross bar and flew down at which point looked like it was over the line, but it was not given by the referee (Sporting Clube de Goa fans can check it out on www.istream.com and judge for themselves).

Worse was to follow as within seconds, Pune FC pumped the ball  long to the left flank where Subash was perfectly placed to drive in a cross and with his good fortune the ball managed to whirl in the air and crash down of the cross bar on its way into the net.

The Flaming Oranje pushed forward for the equalizer, but was closed out on entering the final third of the field and Pune held on for a vital three points.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ashok Singh (gk), Mathew Gonsalves, Adil Khan, Keita Boubcar, Freiman Peixoto, Kalu Ogba, Dawson Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Pratesh Shirodkar, Rovan Pereira, Obiora Anorue.

Subs: (Boboi Singh in/ Adil out “57), (Seiya Sugishita in/ Obiora out ‘73), (Mackroy Peixote in/ Freiman out ’76)

Pune FC: Abhra Mondal (gk), Chika Wali, Gurjinder Kumar, James Moga, Douhou Pierre, Subash Singh, Karma Tsewang, Anas Edathodika, Khan Thang Paite, Mumthaz Akthar, Srikanth Ramu.

Subs: (Arata Izumi in/ Khan Thang Paite out ’62), (Shangum Venkatesh in/ Subash Singh out ’82), Daisuke Nishiguchi in/ Douhou Peirre out ’87)

Sporting Clube de Goa to meet Moga’s Pune FC

Sporting Clube de Goa ready Pune FC test

I-LEAGUE

Sporting Clube de Goa will look to summon all the ammunition they can muster as they take on Pune FC in a round eight I-League match, organised by the All India Football Federation, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. The kick off time is scheduled for 7p.m.

Despite dominating in their last match against Pailan Arrows, Sporting Goa suffered a shock 0-1 loss to the Aiff’s development outfit after freakishly being caught on the break early in the second half, which they never really recovered from.

Pune FC is coming into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with United Sikkim, after former Sporting Clube de Goa striker James Moga scored within 14 seconds to break the record for the I-League’s fastest ever goal.

Moga will pose a great threat for Sporting Goa especially in the air, but with the tough tackling defender Mathew Gonsalves back in contention after coming back from a two-match ban, the Flaming Oranje are more than ready to rumble.

Sporting Goa striker Victorino Fernandes is suspended after picking up a red card in the last encounter against Pailan Arrows, but the likes of Dawson Fernandes, Seiya Sugishita and Anorue Obieora provide more than enough cover upfront.

Pune are currently in 7th place with 10 points from six matches, while Sporting Goa is 9th with 7 points from seven games.

The last time the two sides met, Sporting Goa got the better of Pune FC 4-2. The fixture between the two sides has been a high scoring affair of late and neutrals in the crowd will hope that continues.

Pailan Arrows earn solitary goal victory over Sporting Clube de Goa

I-LEAGUE

Narayan Das scored a solitary goal in the 54th minute as Pailan Arrows defeated 10-men Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in the I-League at Pjn Stadium, Fatorda on Friday. The match was goalless at the interval.

“I feel there was clear partiality dished out to our opponents and I believe the association should think very clearly before appointing biased referees. There were so many fouls that went against us. We were not given a penalty we deserved and to make matters worse we were reduced to ten men,” stated Sporting Goa coach Ekendra Singh who could not hold back his disappointment and wanted to know why a referee from Bengal was allowed to officiate when a team from Bengal was playing.

Pailan Arrows coach Arthur Papas was also very vocal during the after match press conference. “After winning this match I want to state two things. “Firstly we are dedicating this victory to Shilton, who sustained a reoccurrence of a very serious injury this week. The second point was that we wanted to show certain sections of the media that there is nothing wrong with the discipline of our young team,” remarked Papas.

Sporting Goa started brightly and could have surged ahead after just three minutes, when Seiya Sugishita was played through on goal after a poor back pass in the Pailan defence, but the Pailan goalkeeper Soram Angamba was of his line quickly to smother the danger. Moments later the Pailan goalkeeper had to be replaced by Ravi Kumar after suffering an injury.

In the 37th minute Sporting Goa could have been ahead when Nigerian midfielder Ogba kalu played a neat return pass with Rowllin Borges, but his shot from 25 yards out fell whiskers short of the right post.

Dawson Fernandes nearly broke the dead lock sixty seconds later but his powerful effort was miraculously cleared of the goal line by the Pailan defence.

The Flaming Oranje continued to look in control and keenly entertained their fans with an elegant foray forward from the back, as Samananda Singh fed Rowllin and he used his spider long legs to coolly flick the ball over his marker and eventually laid the ball off for Dawson who helped the ball on for Pratesh Shirodkar, but his shot did not trouble the Pailan back line.

Just before the breather Dawson played a quick free kick to Pratesh, but from a similar right sided position Pratesh smashed the ball against the side netting.

After resumption, the Sporting Goa goalkeeper Gerard D’mello was involved in a head on collision on the edge of the box, which left him dazed. Five minutes later Pailan managed to stretch Sporting Goa on the break, with Alwyn George and Holicharan Narzary evading last-ditch challenges, leaving Naryan Das to slot home a rebounded shot.

Late on kalu was clattered to the floor under a desperate challenge from a Pailan defender, but the referee only gave Sporting Goa a free kick on the edge of the box when many felt the foul was committed inside the area.

Deep into injury time Victorino Fernandes, who had barely been on the field ten minutes, looked shocked as he was shown a straight red card for a foul in the 91st minute.

Sporting Clube de Goa:  Gerard D’Mello, Samananda Singh, Keita Boubcar, Kalu Ogba, Seiya Sugishita, Dawson Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Joseph Pereira, Rowllin Borges, Rovan Pereira, Joyner Lourenco.

Subs: (Ashok Singh in/ Gerard d’Mello out ’56), (Anorue Obeira in/ Seiya Sugishita out), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Joseph Pereira out ‘81)

Pailan Arrows: Sora Angamba, Shouvik Ghosh, Ongnam Singh, Alwyn George, Holicharan Nazary, Pritam Kotal, Tirthankar Sarkar, Deepak Devrani, Prabir Das, Narayan Das, Pronay Halder.

Subs: (Ravi Kumar in/Soram Angamba out ‘8), (D. Ganesh in/ Holicharan Narzary out ’68), Rajinder Kumar in/ Narayan Das out ’88)

Sporting Clube de Goa to lock horns with Pailan Arrows

I-LEAGUE

In a seventh round clash, Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) will lock horns against Pailan Arrows in the I-league, organised by The All India Football Federation, at Pjn stadium, Fatorda on Friday. The kick off time is scheduled for 5.30p.m.

Sporting Goa recently got the better of Baichung Bhutia’s United Sikkim, with a 2-1 home victory in their last match. The mood in the camp is good, although the Flaming Oranje will not be taking a young Pailan Arrows team lightly as their opponents have looked tactically sound this year under Coach Arthur Papas.

So far this season, Sporting Goa was going through a challenging spell having started their first match against East Bengal with absolutely no foreigners amongst their ranks. But slowly Nigerian Ogba kalu came back from injury and he was later joined by striker Anorue Obiora.

In the last match against United Sikkim, Japanese Seiya Sugishita made an incredible impact on his debut, after scoring the first and setting up the winner. Defender Keita Boubcar also made a happy return from injury as he came on as a late substitute.

With all four foreigners ready to bolster an attacking Sporting Goa team made up of local talent, the question is which one will start on the bench as only three foreigners are allowed to be fielded at any given time. It’s a nice dilemma for the Sporting Goa technical director Alex Alvares to ponder.

United Sikkim went unbeaten in their first four I-League encounters, but have recently slipped up against the powerful Prayag United and Pune FC, to leave them currently lying in 7th place with 8 points from six matches, while Sporting Goa are hot on their heels, just below them in 8th place with 7 points from the same number of games.

What makes this game so exciting is that both clubs will not only be jostling for position on the field, but for position off the field as well!

Sporting Clube de Goa bowl over United Sikkim

Sporting Goa team celebrate win

I-LEAGUE

 Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Seiya Sugishita ’10, Ogba Kalu ’15)

United Sikkim Football Club 1 (Sandesh Jhingan ’45)

Japanese striker Seiya Sugishita scored on his debut to help Sporting Clube de Goa overcome United Sikkim Football Club 2-1 in the I-League, organised by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), at Pjn Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday.

In the 10th minute the experienced Sporting Goa captain Joseph Pereira chipped the ball into the danger area from the edge of the box and Seiya rose very high to send the ball crashing into the back of the net with a bullet header.

Just five minutes later, Seiya turned provider as he ploughed forward at pace and laid the ball gently into the path of Nigerian midfielder Ogba kalu and he steamrolled the ball into the goal from 20 yards out to double the lead and stamp his authority as Sporting Goa’s leading marksman so far this season.

Just before the interval, United Sikkim pulled a vital goal back after Michale Rodriguez floated in a free kick which was headed towards goal and Sandesh Jhingan was lurking to tap the ball in after the Sporting Goa custodian failed to hold on to the initial effort.

Changing over the pace of the game reduced dramatically, but there was some excitement for fans of the Flaming Oranje with the return of defender Keita Boubcar after nearly two months on the sidelines nursing an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

With fifteen minutes left on the clock, United Sikkim used their final trump card with the arrival of player cum Coach Baichung Bhutia coming off the bench. But even the legendry Indian striker could not inspire his team to force the equaliser and Sporting Goa held on for their first home win in this season’s I-League.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Gerard D’Mello (gk), Samananda Singh, Kalu Ogba, Seiya Sugishita, Dawson Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Rojen Singh, Joseph Pereira (c), Rovan Pereira, Boboi Singh, Obiora Anorue.

Subs: (Keita Boubcar in/ Obiora Anorue off “55), (Stephen Barretto in/ Joseph Pereira off “69), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Seiya Sugishita “90+3)

United Sikkim FC: Yoon Tae (gk), Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar (c), Zenith Mashangva, Nurudden Salau, Linekar Machado, Sahesha Ansari, Nadong Bhutia, Munmun Timothy, Michale Rodriguez, Safar Sardar.

Subs: (Monotosh Ghosh in/ Yoon Tae out “52), (Dosseh Attivi in/ Linekar Machado out “52), Baichung Bhutia in/ Zenith Mashangva “77)