Sporting Clube de Goa leave for U-20 I-League

"Growing Goa's Game!"

“Growing Goa’s Game!”


A happy Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors team left early morning on Thursday, for Jamshedpur, in preparation for the AIFF’s I-League U-20 tournament which kicks off from 5th March.
Sporting Goa will play United Sikkim on 5th March, Prayag United on 7th March, Pune FC on 9th March and Salgaocar FC on 11th March in group A.
The Flaming Oranje Juniors have been preparing well under the tutelage of experienced coach Severino Fernandes. “When we participate in a competition, we always go with the intention to be successful,” remarked Severino who guided Sporting Clube de Goa to the I-League U-19 title in 2010.
Severino also hopes his players can pick up valuable experience as they come up against some of the best age group teams in the country. “We are investing in these players with the hope that they can someday become regulars in the senior team and this trip will definitely be good for their career,” stated Severino.
The likes of Joyner Lourenco, Stephene Barretto, Mackroy Peixote and Pedro Gonsalves were part of the class of 2010.
This year Sporting Goa has a talented squad some of which are survivors of the team that lifted the coveted GFA Taca Goa trophy in 2012.
Mario Lobo and Xaiver Dias have played regularly in the Goa Pro League this season for the club and interestingly both players share their birthday on 6th March, but both will be keeping their celebrations on hold until after they return from the tournament.
Sporting Clube de Goa Squad: Subhajit Basu, Rahul Yadav, Ashwyn D’Souza, Jyotesh Palkar, Akshay Dabholkar, Charles Cardoz, Shane Temudo, Jesmon Carvalho, Leichombam Singh, Jesus Estrocio, Saurabh Gurung, Nikhil Naik, Lesten Martins, Mario Lobo, Sameer Govenkar, Xaiver Dias, Pandhari Chopdekar, Pritam Ningthojam, Vikram Singh, Melwin Carvalho, (Coach) Severino Fernandes, (Manager) Anthony Vaz.


Sporting Goa U-20 held to a 2-2 draw

U-20 Friendly

Akshay Darbolkar netted in the final minute as Sporting Clube de Goa U-20 drew 2-2 with Civil Services in a friendly match at Santa Cruz ground, on Tuesday morning. Sporting Goa Juniors were leading by a solitary goal at the breather.

Sporting Goa Juniors opened the scoring after Pandhari Chopdekar smashed in a cross from Jesus Estrocio.

In the second half a resurgent Civil Services, moved ahead after scoring two goals in quick succession.

The Flaming Oranje Juniors continued to throw everyone forward in search of the equaliser and the moment finally arose when Mario Lobo sent in a looping long ball from the defence, which Akshay controlled and punted home with seconds to spare.



Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors qualify for U-14 Zonal play-offs


Glevito Miranda netted four times as Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors hammered Santo Estevam 7-0 in Gfa’s U-14 league at Santo Estevam ground, on Monday. Sporting Juniors led 2-0 at the lemon break.
Eutace Fernandes bagged a brace, while Samuel D’mello was also amongst the scorers.
With this win, The Flaming Oranje Juniors topped the group with 12 points after four wins out of four and have now qualified for the Ilhas playoff semi-finals.

Sporting Goa Men bow out at Semi’s

All-Goa Mens Hockey Championship

Despite putting up a gallant performance, Sporting Clube de Goa were edged out 2-3 by SAI Guddi, Ponda in the semi-finals of the All Goa men’s hockey championship, outside Fatorda ground, on Monday. The score was tied 1-1 at the interval.
Sunny Gaonkar struck in the first half while Praful Magelaya was on target for the Flaming Oranje in the second session.
Meanwhile, Sporting Goa eves missed out on the girl’s U-18 title on goal difference. Guirim Warriors took top honours after both teams finished level on 4 points.

Sporting Clube de Goa overwhelm Salgaocar 4-1 in Goa Super League

GFA’s Goa Super League


Spanish Super Sub Juan Pena a.k.a ‘Juanfri’ scored a second half brace as Sporting Clube de Goa came from behind to defeat Salgaocar Football Club 4-1 in Gfa’s Goa Super League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday. The match was tied 1-1 at the breather.

Sporting Goa managed to win their fifth game in a row after some clinical finishing in the second half, which proved to make the difference after Salgaocar initially enjoyed good possession in the opening exchanges.

Salgaocar raced into the lead after just four minutes, when a goal kick from Sporting Goa custodian Sourav Chakraborthy was headed forwarded by Salgaocar’s Randeep Singh and Angel Berlanga failed to clear the danger, which allowed Gabriel Ojimi to capitalise and whack the ball into the top corner.

Within fourteen minutes, the Flaming Oranje were back on level terms when Ogba Kalu played a crisp ball forward, which was plucked by Xaiver Dias and he laid the ball on for the overlapping Sporting Goa captain Freiman Peixote who cunningly managed to poke the ball into the roof of the net from an awkward angle. 

 At the breather Salgaocar brought on big Josimar Da Silva in place of Godfrey Silva, while Sporting Goa made a calculated double substitution as striker Xaiver Dias and left winger Joval Martins made room for Juanfri and Pratesh Shirodkar respectively.

Within four minutes of resumption the Panjim outfit took the lead as Rahul Kumar failed to deal with a low cross from Sporting Goa right back Samananda Singh, which allowed Juanfri to maneuver on the turn and blast into the bottom corner.

As the game grew older, Sporting Goa continued to move with confidence. In the 86th minute Sporting Goa substitute Stephen Barretto sprayed a through ball for Pratesh and he coolly held the ball up until he saw kalu running into a yard of space and the later carefully lifted the ball past the outrushing Salgaocar goalkeeper.

In the final minute, Stephen conjured up a fluent assist for Juanfri who majestically carved the ball over the Salgaocar goalkeeper’s head, with the ball nestling nicely in the top corner to cap off a convincing victory for the Flaming Oranje.

With this win, Sporting Goa moves to 17 points from ten matches, while Salgaocar stay second in the table with 23 points from eleven outings.    

Sporting Clube de Goa: Saurav Chakraborthy (gk), Samananda Singh, Joyner Lourenco, Angel Berlanga, Rovan Pereira, Freiman Peixote (c), Kalu Ogba, Rojen Singh, Jovel Martins, Mario Lobo, Xaiver Dias.

Subs: (Pratesh Shirodkar in/ Joval out H/T), (Juanfri in/ Xaiver out H/T), (Stephen Barretto in/ Mario out ’68)

Salgaocar FC: Albino Gomes (gk), Rosario Mendes, Rahul Kumar, Denesh Thoonaojam, Collin Abranches, Godfrey Silva, Beevan D’Mello, Randeep Singh, Gilbert Oliveria, Milagres Gonsalves, Gabriel Ojimi.

Subs: (Josimar D’silva in/ Godfrey out H/T), (Rocus Lamare in/ Collin Abranches out ’71), (Marcus Mascarenhas in/ Milagres Gonsalves out ’78)

Sporting Clube de Goa take on Salgaocar in Goa Super league


Sporting Clube de Goa meet Salgaocar Football Club in Gfa’s Goa Super League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday. The kick off is scheduled for 4p.m.
After Sporting Goa managed to secure the fifth spot in the Goa Pro League with a 7-1 win over Goa Velha recently, attention has now turned to improving their overall position in the Goa Super League and qualify for the Goa Super Cup.
Currently Dempo lead the table with 24 points from eleven games, Salgaocar has 23 points from ten matches, Sesa FA has 21 points from eleven games and Churchill Brothers are currently occupying 4th spot with 19 points from ten outings.
Sporting Goa is on 14 points from nine matches and are desperately playing catch up, but with the recent turn around in form with four wins out of four, there is no doubt that the Flaming Oranje has the potential to improve their position considerably.
In November, Salgaocar had defeated Sporting Goa 3-1 in the Goa Pro League, but since then Sporting Goa got their revenge with a 2-0 win over them in the I-League, with goals from Ogba Kalu and Angel Berlanga.
With the two teams set to play each other in March once the I-League resumes, this fixture will serve as a nice warm up for both sides.
A win would see Salgaocar climb to the top of the Goa Super League. Will the Flaming Oranje be able to stop them?

Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors defeat Don Bosco


Chandan Gupta netted a second half brace as Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors blanked Don Bosco Oratory 6-0 in Gfa’s U-14 league at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Saturday. Sporting Goa Juniors led 2-0 at the interval.

Aaryan Gonsalves opened the scoring for Sporting Goa early on with a neat solo effort. Dhiraj Chouhan soon doubled the lead with a rasping shot from 25 yards.

Clive Monteiro headed in a cross from Aaryan to send Sporting Goa 3-0 up at the break.

Changing over, Chandan curled in a 30 yard free kick and moments later Dwayne Britto made it five for Sporting Goa.

In the dying minutes, Chandan added his second of the match with another spectacular free kick effort.

The Flaming Oranje Juniors has now collected 9 points from three games.