Sporting Clube de Goa held to a 1-1 draw by ONGC

Sporting Goa's Rojen Singh keeping possession of the ball

Sporting Goa’s Rojen Singh keeping possession of the ball


Ten-men Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 1-1 draw by ONGC in the AIFF’s I-League Football at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Thursday.
Sporting Goa’s Dawson Fernandes headed home to give ONGC the lead after just twenty minutes. In the 69th minute Sporting Goa’s Samananda Singh received his second yellow card off the match and was sent off, which allowed ONGC back into the game and Hassan Odeola eventually found the equaliser in the 77th minute.
In the very second minute, Sporting Goa’s Freiman Peixoto’s corner got a flick on from Juanfri but the ball was eventually cleared to safety.
Two minutes later, Sporting Goa’s Dawson was released by Ogba Kalu, but the ONGC custodian was alert and ran out of his goal to save at the feet of Dawson.
From another well delivered corner taken by Sporting Goa’s Freiman, Juanfri got on the end of it but was denied yet again by the ONGC goalkeeper.
In the 20th minute the Flaming Oranje swept the ball forward, with Juanfri crossing for Dawson Fernandes to finish off with a thumping header.
Moments later at the other end, Katsumi Yusa hit the side-netting from close range.
On the half hour mark, ONGC’s Eric swayed past Angel Berlanga, but the Sporting Goa goalkeeper Bruno Colaco made a fine save. From the rebound ONGC’s Jatin Bisht hit the post.
Sporting Goa was reduced to 10-men in the 69th minute after Samananda Singh fouled Yusa Katsumi.
Thirteen minutes from the end, Hassan Adeola sliced the ball in from a Parwinder Singh corner to equalise for ONGC.
In the final four minutes ONGC substitute Kailash Patil found the back on the net, but the goal was ruled off side.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Bruno Colaco (gk), Mathew Gonsalves (c), Samananda Singh, Freiman Peixote, Kalu Ogba, Dawson Fernandes, Juan Pena, Jovel Martins, Rojen Singh, Angel Berlanga, Rovan Pereira.

Subs: (Stephen Barretto in/ Freiman out ‘57), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Rojan out ‘67), (Joe Pereira in/ Joval out ’88)

ONGC: Rehenesh T.P. (gk), Parwinder Singh, Eric Brown, Sachin Gawas, Jatin Bisht, Yusa Katsumi, Robin Gurung, David Lalrinmuana, Fanai Lalmuanpuia (c), Wahid MD. Sali, Hassan MD Adeola.

Subs: (kailash Patil in/ Jatin Bisht out ’59), (Muritala Ali in/ Eric Brown out ’67), (Kunal Ghosh/ Fanai lalmuan Puia ’81)


Sporting Clube de Goa ready for ONGC challenge

Sporting Clube de Goa coach Oscar Bruzon and ONGC coach Santosh Kashyop sharing a few words ahead of the big game

Sporting Clube de Goa coach Oscar Bruzon and ONGC coach Santosh Kashyop sharing a few words ahead of the big game


Sporting Clube de Goa will look to extend their winning run as they take on ONGC in the Aiff’s I-League football at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Thursday.

Sporting Goa has won their last five I-League matches against Dempo, Salgaocar twice, Churchill Brothers and Pailan Arrows. If you include the local league they have currently gone eight matches unbeaten.

This success has not gone to the players head as Coach Oscar Bruzon has warned his players about complacency.  “After you win a few matches people will clap and give you flowers, but we must maintain our focus,” remarked Oscar.

Sporting Goa will be missing midfielder Pratesh Shirodkar and central defender Joyner Lourenco through suspension, while Rojen Singh and Rowllin Borges could come into the team to replace them respectively, although there are a few other players who have worked hard in practice and could get the nod.

ONGC have also pulled of a magical turn around since the start of the season and will be looking to improve on their position.

When the two teams met in the first leg the score was a 2-2 draw and so both teams will be eager to out fox each other.

After their recent string of great results, the Flaming Oranje have moved up to sixth in the table with 29 points from twenty one games, while ONGC are seventh with 28 points from the same number of games.

 “If you look at the results from the second half of the I-League than ONGC and Sporting Clube de Goa would be the best performing teams so far. From the fans point of view this makes for a very exciting game,” signed off Sporting Clube de Goa coach Oscar Bruzon.

Sporting Clube de Goa defeat Dempo

Sporting Goa and Dempo players embracing after final whistle

Sporting Goa and Dempo players embracing after final whistle


An own goal by Rowilson Rodrigues in the 51st minute was enough to give Sporting Clube de Goa a 1-0 win over Dempo Sports Club in the Aiff’s I-league at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The match was goalless at the interval.
Six minutes into the second half, Sporting Clube de Goa worked the ball nicely down the left side with Juanfri sending in a cross to the near post, which was unfortunately guided into the bottom corner by Rowilison Rodrigues who was under pressure from two Sporting Goa players breathing down his neck.
Sporting Goa usually come out stronger in the second half, but for this game decided to start all guns blazing from the first minute and played with plenty of invention. The likes of Pratesh Shirodkar and Freiman Peixote battled in the midfield allowing Dawson Fernandes, Ogba kalu and Juanfri to break forward.
Dempo had their moments to shine, but was a pale shadow of the team that defeated Sporting Goa 5-0 in the first meeting between the two sides. The Dempo attack flourished at times and kept the ball well in the final third, but they failed to penetrate largely due to the decisive tackles of Angel Berlanga.
In the 16th minute Dempo’s Anthony Pereira sent in a delightful cross for Ryuji Seoka, but Sporting Goa custodian Bruno Colaco made a fine save to prevent his header.
Two minutes later Dawson laid the ball off for Juanfri and he squared the ball back for kalu, but the Dempo goalkeeper had the ball covered.
Five minutes later Sporting Goa’s Joval Martins did well to cut past his marker and break into the box, but with a sea of Oranje shirts queuing up in the area he decided to go it alone and hit the side netting.
At the other end Dempo captain Clifford Miranda crossed for Anthony Pereira but he volleyed wide of the goal.
Changing over, Sporting Goa surged ahead after Juanfri’s cross was turned in by Rowilson. Sporting Goa started to grow in confidence from this moment on and nearly doubled the lead when Joval essayed a cross for Dawson to head which was just wide of the mark.
Dempo’s best chance for the equalizer came when John Menyongar dribbled through two Sporting Goa defenders and had the goalkeeper at his mercy, but his shot was cleared off the line as it smacked Freiman Peixote bang in the face.
Sporting Goa’s Victorino Fernandes had hardly been on the field for five minutes after replacing Dawson, when he terrorized forward at pace and just as he was about to release the trigger in came a delightful slide tackle from Debrata Roy to deny him.
With ten minutes to go, Sporting Goa looked in control with captain Mathew Gonsalves even making a run forward from defence with the ball, only to be disposed on completing his marathon.
In the 87th minute, Sporting Goa’s kalu ran though on goal and fell to ground after making contact with the Dempo goalkeeper, but the referee instead booked Kalu for diving.
Kalu soon made up for it by threading a defence splitting pass for substitute Seiya Sugishita who managed to round the goalkeeper but his shot was cleared off the line by an alert Dempo defender.
The Flaming Oranje’s Nigerian midfielder Ogba kalu was adjudged the man of the match and received his prize from India assistant coach Savio Medeira.

“Goan El Clasico” set to enthrall fans

 Sporting Clube de Goa captain Mathew Gonsalves and Dempo captain Clifford Miranda will put their good friendship on hold for ninety minutes.

Sporting Clube de Goa captain Mathew Gonsalves and Dempo captain Clifford Miranda will put their good friendship on hold for ninety minutes.


All ready locals have labeled it “the Goan El Clasico” when Panjim heavy weights Dempo Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa battle it out in the Aiff’s I-League at Duler Stadium, on Sunday.
Both clubs had the pleasure of training at Duler Stadium, on Saturday morning. As the Dempo squad finished their slot and the Sporting Goa players started to pour in, both teams happily embraced and greeted each other.
Next it was the coach’s turn and despite the nearly 25 year’s difference in age between the two coaches, there was a mutual respect for each other.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco who recently picked up a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Goan Football wished Sporting Goa coach Oscar Bruzon in Spanish, while Oscar reciprocated in Konkani and the conversation surprisingly continued in Spanish. A possible clue to why the fans have labeled it “the Goan El Clasico”.
The second clue comes in the current performance of the two sides. Sporting Goa has stayed unbeaten in their last five matches and is currently in 8th place with 26 points from twenty games. This unbeaten run includes two wins against Salgaocar and a victory over Churchill Brothers. “The pressure is not on us to win, so my players can go out and enjoy the derby,” commented Sporting Goa coach Oscar.
Dempo on the other hand are in 3rd place with 35 points from nineteen games, but have only won one of their last five games and will desperately looking to get back to winning ways as they attempt to retain the I-League crown.
Sporting Goa coach Oscar has got a fit squad and only defender Joyner Lourenco will be missing after receiving a red card in the last battle. Adil Khan or Rojen Singh is the likely replacement.
Dempo have also got injury doubts in the defence, but have got good cover to deputise and so the Dempo tactician Armando will not be losing any sleep over it.
With both teams missing at least one of their regular defenders, this epic game could be a real treat for goal poachers, with Dawson Fernandes, Victorino Fernandes, Kalu Ogba and Juan Pena the usual suspects for the Flaming Oranje. While Dempo will have the likes of Koko Sakibo, Ryuji Seoka, Anthony Pereira and Climax Lawrence hungry for goals.

Sporting Goa come from behind to snatch victory

Sporting Goa's top goalscorer Ogba kalu conragtulating Juanfri

Sporting Goa’s top goalscorer Ogba kalu conragtulating Juanfri

Juanfri, Victorino and Kalu netted as ten-men Sporting Clube de Goa came from behind to overcome nine-men Salgaocar FC 3-1 in the Aiff’s I-League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Wednesday. Salgaocar led through an Augustin strike at the interval.
In the second half Salgaocar custodian karanjit Singh and striker Josimar Da Silva were sent off, while Sporting Goa defender Joyner Lourenco was given his marching orders which changed the entire complexion of the match.
Salgaocar started with a very ferocious approach. This tough tackling definitely had Sporting Goa rattled, but also earned them four yellow cards in the opening half hour.
Salgaocar finally broke the dead lock in the 38th minute after Sporting Goa failed to clear the ball from a corner which allowed Augustin Fernandes to strike and give Salgaocar the lead with the final touch deflecting of a Sporting Goa player.
At half time Sporting Goa winger Stephene Barretto replaced midfielder Rojen Singh, while the tough tackling Pratesh Shirodkar moved from the wing into central midfield.
Salgaocar could have doubled their lead within ten minutes when Josimar Da Silva crossed from the left, but somehow Gabriel Obatola missed the target from hand shaking distance.
The Panjim outfit decided they could not continue in the same fashion and soon brought on striker Victorino Fernandes in place of Mackroy Peixote.
This had the desired effect as within ten minutes Sporting Goa’s Juanfri equalized from the penalty spot after Victorino was sent sprawling to the deck by the Salgaocar goalkeeper.
The referee checked with his assistant before awarding the spot kick and also sent off karanjit in the process. Gabriel had to be sacrificed for Salgaocar when they brought on their second goalkeeper Pavan kumar.
The drama did not end there as within three minutes, the busy referee reached for his pocket to send off Salgaocar’s Josimar for kicking out and Sporting Goa’s Joyner for retaliating.
With Sporting Goa having the numerical advantage, they continuously bombed forward at every occasion, pinning their opponents into their own half for long periods of the game.
In the last fifteen minutes, Sporting Goa replaced Joval Martins with winger Freiman Peixote to exploit his pace and add a further dimension to the side.
Deep into injury time the Flaming Oranje finally cracked the code, after kalu’s shot from a Stephene cross was hooked off the goal line, allowing the prowling Victorino to put Sporting Goa ahead.
With virtually the last kick off the game Sporting Goa’s top goal scorer Ogba kalu added his tenth off the season as he scooped the ball over the Salgaocar custodian to finish a neat pass from Juanfri.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Bruno Colaco (gk), Mathew Gonsalves, Samananda Singh, Kalu Ogba, Juan Pena, Jovel Martins, Pratesh Shirodkar, Mackroy Peixoto, Rojen Singh, Angel Berlanga, Joyner Lourenco.

Subs: (Stephene Barretto in/ Rojen out ‘H/T), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Mackroy out ’54), (Freiman in/ Joval Martins out ’78)

Salgaocar FC: karanjit Singh (gk), Fulgencio Cardozo, Agustin Fernandes, Gabriel Obatola, Nicolao Colaco, Rahul Kumar, Josimar Da Silva, Rocus Lamare, Randeep Singh, Francis Fernandes, John Wilkinson.

Subs: (Milagres Gonsalves in/ Randeep out ’58) (Rahul Kumar (gk) in/Gabriel out ‘59), (Collin Abranches in/ Francis Fernandes out ’90+1)

Sporting Clube de Goa face Salgaocar at Duler

Can Sporting Goa get the better off Salgaocar?

Can Sporting Goa get the better off Salgaocar?


For the fourth time this season, Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Salgaocar FC in the Aiff’s I-League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Wednesday.

When the two clubs met in the Goa Pro League in November it was Salgaocar that came away with a 3-1 victory. Since then Sporting Goa has defeated Salgaocar 2-0 in the I-league and again very recently 4-1 in the Goa Super League.

Sporting Goa is currently eight in the standings with 23 points from nineteen matches, while Salgaocar are ninth with 20 points from the same number of games.

The rivalry between the two clubs has sparked lots of interest and huge crowd’s recently, which created a lively atmosphere and also motivated the players to give their best.

With the I-League matches set to switch to the Tilak Maidan very soon, this could be one of the last opportunities for the Bardez football loving crowd to witness a real feast of football action.

Will the Flaming Oranje be able to get the better off Salgaocar for the third time or can the Mormugao outfit plot their revenge?

Sporting Clube de Goa bow out of U-20 I-League

Two goals in the last seven minutes gave Salgaocar FC a 2-0 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors in the Aiff’s I-League U-20 football tournament at Jamshedpur, on Monday.
Sporting Goa Juniors had several key players out through injury including Captain Mario Lobo (hamstring), Charles Cardoz (calf) and Jyotesh Palkar (finger).
In the first session Sporting Goa came close to scoring, but Xavier Dias and Vikrham Singh were denied by the rival custodian. Moments later, Sporting Goa’s Jesus Estrocio headed just wide of the goal.
In the final seven minutes, Salgaocar’s Raymond Fernandes’ shot came back of the post, but Mario Fernandes soon followed up with a powerful placement to score.
In the 89th minute Sporting Goa failed to clear the ball allowing Raymond to shoot in from close and double the lead.
The Flaming Oranje Juniors finished their campaign with two points from four games.