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)