Sporting Clube de Goa put end to Salgaocar’s unbeaten run

Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Cajetan Fernandes, Victorino Fernandes)
Salgaocar FC 1 (Gilbert Oliveira)


Sporting Clube de Goa put end to Salgaocar’s unbeaten run

Goals from Cajetan Fernandes and Victorino Fernandes ensured Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Salgaocar Football Club 2-1 in the Airtel Goa Pro-League, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the breather.

The Flaming Oranje took the lead through Cajetan Fernandes after Jerry Karpeh and Jovel Martins combined well to set him up.

After the lemon break both teams had chances to increase the lead, but the supporters had to wait until the last five minutes for more goals.

 In the 85th minute, Sporting Goa’s Jerry received a pass from Keenan Almeida on the right side, but his powerful shot was saved by the Salgaocar custodian, luckily the ball fell to the feet of Victorino Fernandes, who snapped up the rebound to double the lead.

Deep into added on time, the young Gilbert Oliveira pulled a goal back for Salgaocar, but it proved too little too late.

After five matches, Salgaocar are 2nd in the table with12 points, while Sporting Goa is 3rd with 10 points.



Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (gk), Rovan Pereira (c), Rojen Singh, Arturo Garcia (F), Jesmon Carvalho (U-20), Jovel Martins, Pratesh Shirodkar, Rowllin Borges, Cajetan Fernandes, Boima Karpeh (F), Mauvin Borges (U-20)

Salgaocar FC:
Albino Gomes (gk/U-20), Nicolao Colaco (c), Cheka Wale (F), Augusten Fernandes, Milagrio Gonsalves, Gilbert Oliveria, Clifton Dias, Jeevan Narge, Karma Tsu wang, Aslon Oliveria (U-20), Marcus Mascarenhas


Churchill Brothers squeeze past Sporting Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Victorino Fernandes)
Churchill Brothers SC 2 (Bineesh Balan, Henri Rebenoit)

Churchill Brothers attack the Sporting Goa goal

Churchill Brothers managed to squeeze past Sporting clube de Goa with a narrow 2-1 win, in the Airtel Goa Pro-League, round four match, played at Duler stadium, Mapusa, here on Tuesday.

Sporting coach Oscar Bruzon partnered Mathew Gonsalves with new import Spanish Arturo Garcia in the defense, while for Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias tested his foreign import Portuguese Euripedes Amoreirinha along with Ravanan Dharmaraj.

In the 37th minute, a fine corner by Alesh Sawant to the far corner of the goal was crossed by Richard Costa, to an unmarked Bineesh Balan, who connected into the goal, 1-0.

A minute before the breather Churchill keeper Arindam Bhattacharya, came with a superb collection off a cross by Rovan Pereira.

On crossing over Sporting Goa attackers Victorino Fernandes and Liberian Jerry Karpeh played with more aggression and thrust, but their opponents defense marshalled by skipper Ravanan Dharmaraj and Euripedes Amoreirinha, along with keeper Arindam matched them with equal determination.

In the very 6th minute, the Churchill defense was really tested, where Rowllin Borges header off Pratesh corner was blocked on the goal line by defender Elvis Baretto and Jerry’s follow up was pushed for a corner by the keeper.

Moments later Jerry relayed the ball to Victorino Fernandes, but before he could pull the trigger Euripedes Amoreirinha came with a timely clearance.
The Churchill keeper came with two outstanding saves as he blocked Victorino’s close range shot and minutes later flew to his right to block Arturo Garcias’ free kick from the edge of the box.

After Alesh Sawant scorching left footer was parried for a corner by the Sporting Goa keeper Ravi Kumar, Churchill doubled their lead in the 73rd minute as Henri beat the off side trap to, get hold to a through pass from Richard Costa and score past the helpless keeper, 2-0.

The Flaming Oranje after persistent attacks, finally reduced the margin, as Victorino Fernandes also beat the off side trap and scored from Pratesh Shirodkar’s pass, 2-1.

Ten extra minutes of injury time was added by referee Valenton Fernandes, who cautioned five Churchill players and three Sporting players in a hot tempered encounter.

During that period Sporting Goa had at least four to five scoring chances, where Vitorino and Jerry failed to get past the stiff Churchill defense.

Sporting Clube de Goa:
Ravi Kumar (gk), Clemente Joseph, Mathew Gonsalves (c), Arturo Garcia (F), Rovan Pereira, Mauvin Borges (U-20), Pratesh Shirodkar, Rowllin Borges, Lesten Martins (U-20), Boima Karpeh (F), Victorino Fernandes
Churchill Brothers SC: Varindam Bhattacharya (gk), Elvis Barreto (U-20), Vrauanan Dharmaraj (c), Euripedes Amoreirinha (F), Raju Yumnam, Jaison Vales, Richard Costa, Asley Fernandes, Alesh Sawant (U-20), Henri Arnaud Rebenoit (F), Bineesh Balan

AIFF’s Scott O’Donell inaugurates SCG Football Academy

SCG Academy being inaugarated

SCG Academy being inaugarated

AIFF’s Scott O’Donell inaugurates SCG Football Academy

AIFF Academies Technical Director Scott O’Donnell inaugurated the SCG Football Academy on the occasion of Sporting Clube de Goa commencing their 15th year, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Friday.

Rev. Fr. Ian Figueiredo, Provincial, Panjim Province also opened the renovated football ground on the 198th birth anniversary of Don Bosco.

After the traditional ribbon cutting and kicking off the football’s, the event was celebrated with the hosting of a Grassroots football festival for 120 Don Bosco youngsters in the U-10, U-12, U-14 and U-16 categories, who took part in various fun activities, which included a 4 v. 4 competition, penalty shoot-outs, dribbling and skill contests, ten-pin foot bowling, among other small sided games.

Besides the festival, the parents and dignitaries were kept very entertained by the lively International dancers performing the Sporting Clube de Goa theme song “Flaming Oranje”. The African acrobats carried out an exciting routine to enthrall the crowds, but the day belonged to the Flaming Oranje mascot “Zumba” who kept everyone smiling, including the Sporting Goa senior team who had gathered to meet and greet the young wards.

During the school recess breaks, the students of Don Bosco poured out of their classrooms to get a first hand glimpse of the lucky students who got to play on the lush turf.

The uncompromising weather did not even deter the participants, as it went from hot sun to wet monsoon rain. The wards stayed hydrated with the numerous drink stations positioned around the ground.

A special penalty shoot-out was held between the grown-ups which included members of the GFA, GFDC and Sporting Clube de Goa members. SAFF Secretary Alberto Colaco and Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz were introduced to the players, before the U-16 final.

After the anniversary cake was cut, the prizes were handed out and the guests were presented with exclusive bespoke gifts to commemorate the historic function. It was now time for the players who had worked up an appetite along with the guests and dignitaries to have lunch.

After the feast, most of the players were tired and were taken home by their parents, but the really hungry players were back on the neighboring ground honing their skills further, as they now know that there is a great platform right on their doorstep to help them realize their dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz thanked all those present and made a special mention of the media for doing a great job in promoting youth football in the state.

“I feel truly blessed to have been able to complete my dream project. In order to excel, young players need access to quality coaching, quality infrastructure and quality competition. This is what I had in mind for my former school when designing the Academy structure,” added Peter Vaz.

“When the Indian national coach Wim Koervermans told me about the work being carried out at Don Bosco, Panjim I was pleased. After seeing the ground in person, it is beyond my expectations,” summed up the Aiff academies technical director, Scott O’Donell.

Rev. Fr. Savio Gomes, Rector –Don Bosco, Panjim and Rev, Fr. Avin Carvalho, Principal – Don Bosco High School, Panjim, were among those present to grace the occasion.

Sporting Clube de Goa held by Wilred Leisure

Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Cajetan Fernandes)
Wilred Leisure SC 1 (Bruno Fernandes)

Ogba kalu winning the ball

Ogba kalu winning the ball

Sporting Clube de Goa held by Wilred Leisure

Wilred Leisure Sports Club fought hard as they rallied to salvage their first point with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Clube de Goa in a round three match of the Airtel Goa Pro League football at Duler Stadium, here, on Friday. The Flaming Oranje led 1-0 at the breather.

Wilred played their hearts out, but poor finishing let them down as they conceded in the 36th minute when Cajetan Fernandes slotted home to give Sporting Goa the lead.

Wilred Leisure fought their way back into the game and equalized in the second session when skipper Bruno Fernandes scored from a penalty.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (gk), Clemente Joseph, Mathew Gonsalves (c), Keenan Almeida, Jesmon Carvalho (U-20), Lesten Martins (U-20), Cajetan Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Beevan DMello, Rowllin Borges, Boima karpeh (F)

Wilred Leisure SC: Jovial Coutinho (gk/ U-20), Meldon D’Silva (U-20), Bonny Niasso, Bruno Fernandes (c), Benzu Clemente, Johnny DCruz, Bazileo Rego, Agnelo Colaco, Mario Fernandes, Jerose Oliveira, Melwin Fernandes

Sporting Clube de Goa lock horns with Wilred Leisure

Sporting Clube de Goa's ace midfielders Pratesh Shirodkar and Valerio Rodrigues at the Airtel Goa Pro League Launch

Sporting Clube de Goa’s ace midfielders Pratesh Shirodkar and Valerio Rodrigues at the Airtel Goa Pro League Launch

Sporting Clube de Goa lock horns with Wilred Leisure

Sporting Clube de Goa will look to climb back to the top of the table when they lock horns with Wilred Leisure Sports Club in the Airtel Goa Pro league, organised by the Goa Football Association at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Friday. The kick off is scheduled for 4.15pm.
Sporting Clube de Goa is currently on six points from two matches after recent wins against Margao Sports Club and Goa Velha Sports Club.
Wilred are yet to open their account after two matches, after losing to current league leaders Churchill Brothers and Goa Velha Sports Club.
When the Flaming Oranje met Wilred Leisure last season at Raia ground, the match ended in a goalless draw.

Sporting Clube de Goa to launch Academy



A warm welcome to this press conference to announce the launch of the Sporting Clube de Goa Football Academy and the inauguration of the renovated football ground at Don Boscos, Panaji.

Sporting Clube de Goa  in their 15th year of foundation has had a meteoric rise in Indian Football, rising from Goa’s 1st Division  in 1999 to the top echelons of Indian football in a short span of four years and then staying there, winning laurels in the form of Super Cup Champions, twice runners-up of the Federation Cup , runners-up of NFL, also winning  Goa Professional league, Goa Governors Cup, Taca Goa U-20 twice, and Goa U-19 besides being the first and only Goan Club to win the Junior I-League(U-19).

 All this has encouraged the Club to keep striving for a professional set-up in the form of infrastructure, Coaching Professionals and best practices.  Although being the youngest amongst the four Goan I-League clubs, Sporting has been in the forefront leading the way for other clubs in Goa and in the country to follow.  Sporting was the first to organize its own home matches with the Sportainment concept, the first to introduce ZUMBA as its live mascot,  and the first club  to release its own theme song “Flaming Oranje”.

 In its efforts to follow the state of the art practices Sporting has built the Don Bosco Club House with well equipped dressing rooms of international standards, office, medical room, conference room and other facilities and now Sporting is on the cusp of another first- the first to launch its own Football Academy. 

 The football Academy is the dream project of Mr. Peter Vaz founder and President of the Club and is set to be launched along with the inauguration of the renovated football ground on the occasion of the 198th birth anniversary of Don Bosco on 16th August, 2013. 

 Mr. Scott  O’Donnel ,Technical Diretor Academies, AIFF  will launch the Academy  followed by  the inauguration of the  renovated football ground at Don Bosco, Panjim at the hands of Rev. Fr. Ian Figueiredo, Provincial, Panjim Province.

 The Academy in various age groups, namely U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20, will have a coaching team built around Spanish coach Javier Fernandez who will be assisted by coaches Norbert Gonsalves,  Ashwin Crasto, Francisco Raposo and Freddy Gomes and will work under the overall supervision and guidance of Sporting’s Head coach Oscar Bruzon in order to implement the Sporting Clube de Goa Youth Development  Plan.

 With Spain leading the world in football, and with the Spanish influence already present in the form of our Head Coach Oscar Bruzon, we opted for the Spanish model.  Football is now a science, which the Spanish have mastered and we are indeed privileged to have access to that knowledge and its practices, through our two Spanish coaches.  We have also ensured, that continuity is maintained right through, from the junior level to the senior level.

 The Sporting Clube Youth Development Plan is a quality driven programme, which supports football education as well as regular education with the best of coaches and curriculum which takes care of the players’ medical needs and inculcates the value of fair play on and off the field. It provides a positive and nurturing environment that promotes a passion for the game and help youngsters to develop their soccer ability, with the ultimate goal of creating a pool of ideally trained talented players, who will in the long term play for club and country.

            Sporting Clube de Goa with Mr. Peter Vaz at the helm, taking note of the type of basic infrastructure available for the kids, most of which was not up to international standards, embarked on a mission to improve the same.  The Don Bosco fraternity,   taking a broad long term view, enthusiastically supported and cooperated in the mission.  The result is the renovated football ground which is another small step in providing our players from the School/Academy level to the first team level, a world-class natural grass all weather playing surface. 

           The playing surface has been renovated, with the installation of sub-surface slit drainage combined with the laying of perforated drainage pipes.  The original mud topping has given way to sand based top layer, which encourages drainage, healthy grass growth and provides a level and cushioned playing surface.

The main football ground and the smaller ground adjacent to it, along with the small pitch for futsal type football will surely motivate potential up-coming players of the club as well as the Don Bosco School and College complex students, who will utilize the facilities to develop their footballing talent.

Friday, 16th August, will also mark the commencement of the Club’s 15th year and to commemorate our crystal year Sporting Clube has planned various initiatives like organizing grassroots football festivals and various competitions.



Jerry nets another 4 to down Goa Velha

Sporting Clube de Goa 5 (Jerry Boima karpeh 4, Lesten Martins)
Goa Velha SC 1 (Manuel Crasto)


Jerry nets another 4 to down Goa Velha

For the second match in succession, striker Jerry Boima karpeh hit an amazing four goals as ten-man Sporting Clube de Goa hammered Goa Velha Sports Club 5-1 in Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday.  The match was surprisingly goalless at the interval.

Despite Jovel Martins being shown a straight red card in the 65th minute, the Flaming Oranje still managed to dominate proceedings.

Sporting Goa coach Oscar Bruzon made four changes to the team that demolished Margao 11-1 recently. In came goalkeeper Sourav Chakroborthy, defender’s Joyner Lourenco and Charles Cardoz, as well as winger Valerio Rodrigues.

After a baron, first half shy of any real goal mouth action, Sporting Goa made a double substitution at half time, which made an immediate impact and considerably changed the destiny of the game. In came Ogba kalu and Beevan D’Mello in place of Valerio and Cajetan.

Within five minutes, Jerry was played on to goal by Beevan and he calmly slotted home to give Sporting Goa the lead.

Just four minutes later, Beevan was in the thick of the action again as he curled in a delightful corner which eventually was scrambled in by the young Lesten Martins.

Just when Goa Velha looked down and out, Manuel Crasto blazed a 35-yard screamer into the top corner, to give his side a fighting chance.

Despite Goa Velha’s spirited attempts to grab the equalizer, Sporting Goa had enough ammunition to continually pushed forward and punish them.

Nine minutes from the end, Sporting Goa’s Prateshs’ corner was met by the head of Jerry and as if by slow-motion it crept into the roof of the net.

Four minutes later, Sporting Goa’s Jerry ran onto a neat chip from Rowllin Borges to spectacularly smash into the goal on the half volley, leaving the rival goalkeeper with next to no chance of saving.

In the 88th minute, substitute Victorino Fernandes ran menacingly down the right side before carefully dribbling past his marker along the goal line and delivering the ball on a platter for Jerry to tap in from close range.

Sporting Goa has now collected six points from two matches and is leading the table on goal average, thanks largely to Jerry’s eight goals in two matches.


Sporting Clube de Goa: Saurav Chakraborthy (gk), Charles Cardoz (U-20), Mathew Gonsalves (c), Joyner Lourenco, Jovel Martins, Lesten Martins (U-20), Cajetan Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Valerio Rodrigues, Rowllin Borges, Boima Karpeh

Goa Velha SC: Milagrio Madeira (gk), Jeremy Menezes (U-20), Agnelo Barreto, Criston Fernandes, Cruz Gomes, Wellington Fernandes, Joy Gonsalves (c), Manuel Crasto, Atish Madkaikar (U-20), Nester Dias, Joe Colaco