GFA Super Semi-final
Ten men Sporting Clube de Goa stormed into the finals after edging past Ten men Salgaocar Football Club 2-1 in Gfa’s Super Cup semi-final at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Friday. Sporting Goa 1-0 led through a Juan Pena strike at half time.
In the second session Dawson Fernandes doubled Sporting Goa’s lead, while substitute Josimar Da Silva pulled back a consolation goal for Salgaocar.
Salgaocar had Augustin Fernandes sent off in the 85th minute for his second bookable offence and just four minutes later, Sporting Goa were reduced to ten men after substitute Mackroy Peixote received his marching orders for his second caution of the game.
Sporting Goa showed maturity as they battled throughout the game to get the necessary result. The midfield supported the defence well and stayed focused till the final whistle.
Salgaocar were very unlucky as they rattled the cross bar in both halves and missed a penalty.
Salgaocar started on a bright note and came close in the opening sixty seconds, when Milagres Gonsalves shot was saved by the Sporting Goa custodian and Marcus Mascarenhas’ follow up flew over the cross bar.
Nine minutes before the break, Salgaocar’s Marcus saw his effort cleared off the goal line, while Augustin’s rebound cannoned back of the cross bar.
Deep into injury time of the first half Valerio Rodrigues sent in a lofted ball to the back post and Juan Pena marvelously controlled before putting Sporting Goa ahead.
Five minutes into the second half, Sporting Goa’s Ogba kalu played in Victorino Fernandes and he laid the ball on for Dawson Fernandes who took the ball in his stride before placing the ball into the back of the net.
In the 52nd minute, Salgaocar were awarded a penalty after the ball had clipped Pratesh Shirodkar on the hand when a short corner was quickly taken.
Salgaocar’s Rahul Kumar stepped up to take the spot kick, but unfortunately for him the ball was mishit and it flew wide of the goal.
In the 67th minute, Salgaocar’s Marcus saw his header come crashing back of the woodwork as he attempted to score from a Godfrey Silva corner.
In the 81st minute Josimar Da Silva pulled a goal back for Salgaocar, when his shot took an unfortunate deflection off the leg of a Sporting Goa defender and wrong footed the goalkeeper as it looped in slow motion in the air.
Despite Salgaocar’s constant attacks, the Flaming Oranje managed to hang on for victory. They will now play the winners of the second semi-final between Sesa Football Academy and Dempo. The final is scheduled for Monday.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Saurav Chakroborthy (gk), Keenan Almeida, Adil Khan, Clemente Joseph, Rovan Pereira (c), Valerio Rodrigues, Xavier Dias, Kalu Ogba, Pratesh Shirodkar, Juan Pena, Dawson Fernandes
Subs: (Victorino Fernandes in/ Xavier out ‘41), (Mackroy Peixote in/ Valerio out ‘69), (Freiman Peixote in/Juanfri out ’74)
Salgaocar: Vinay Singh (gk), Rosario Rodrigues, Augustin Fernandes, Rahul Kumar, Collin Abranches, Gilbert Oliveria, Rocus Lamare, Francis Fernandes, Brian Mascarenhas, Marcus Mascarenhas, Milagres Gonsalves
Subs: (Josimar Da Silva in/ Collin Abranches out ’51), (Godfrey Silva in/ Brian Mascarenhas out ‘59), (Beevan D’Mello in/ Marcus Mascarenhas out ’79)