Unlucky Sporting Clube de Goa go down to two late goals
Two very late goals, allowed United Sports Club to snatch all three points as they overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 in the Airtel I-League organised by the AIFF at Kalyani Stadium, West Bengal on Sunday. United Sports Club led 1-0 at half time.
United Sports Club opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after Vineeth did the spadework before releasing the mercurial Ranti Martins to score.
In the second session, the Goan side came out strongly in search of the equaliser. Within eleven minutes the Flaming Oranje pulled level after Jovel Martins did well to capitalise of a defensive lapse and feed Victorino Fernandes, who coolly fired in from close range.
Just as the game looked to be ending in a draw, United Sports Club’s Biswajit Biswas was lurking to place home the rebounder after a shot from Ranti was parried.
Deep into injury time, Eric Brown galloped forward on a very long solo run to add the third for United Sports Club.
With this victory, United Sports Club moved to the top of the league with 6 points from two games, while Sporting Goa stays on 1 point after the same number of games.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa and United Sports Club player’s together before kick off
(PHOTO Courtesy/ United Sports Club)
Sporting Clube de Goa meet United Sports Club
In a round 2 match, Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with United Sports Club in the Airtel I-League organised by the AIFF at Kalyani Stadium, West Bengal on Sunday.
The match was supposed to kick off at 3p.m., but due to the cloudy weather it was decided at the managers meeting that the game will now start at 2.30p.m.
Sporting Goa drew 1-1 with Mumbai FC in their opening game of the season and is eagerly in search of their first win to get their campaign well and truly going. Against Mumbai it was Nigerian midfielder Ogba Kalu who netted a second half equalizer from the spot.
Sporting Goa’s Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon believes Kalu is a little bit short of match fitness having joined the pre-season training late and has left him out of the squad for this tie.
“Kalu has been the club’s top goal scorer for the last two seasons and his consistency has made him one of the greatest players to have played in the I-League. I am sure he will return sharper than ever and show the fans what he is really capable off,” reasoned Oscar.
Dawson Fernandes, Victorino Fernandes and Liberian Boima Jerry Karpeh are expected to spearhead the attack for Sporting Goa.
After a very good display against Sesa Football Academy in the Goa Pro League recently, Sporting Goa defender Joyner Lourenco has been rewarded with a recall into the squad.
United Sports Club come into the game with 3 points have defeated new-comers Rangdajied 2-0 in their opening encounter, with danger man Ranti Martins and the Liberian Eric Brown on target.
Interestingly when the two clubs met last season in the I-League, it was the Flaming Oranje who won 3-1 in Kolkata, while in the return game United Sports Club won 2-1 in Goa.
Photo: Sporting Clube de Goa gear up for the task ahead
Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Victorino Fernandes “47, Boima Jerry Karpeh”61)
Sesa Football Academy 0
Sporting Clube de Goa overcome Sesa
Second half goals from Victorino Fernandes and Boima Jerry Karpeh was enough to give Sporting Clube de Goa a 2-0 win over Sesa Football Academy in the Airtel Goa Pro League, organised by the GFA at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Tuesday. The match was goalless at the breather.
“I was happy with the overall performance. I felt our defence did well to create 2 v/s. 1 situations to snuff out any danger. Our forward line was initially attacking to deep in the first half, but after the break the ball was getting pushed in the right places and we came out with the desired result,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.
Victorino Fernandes was made captain for the day in the absence of Mathew Gonsalves.
Midway through the first half, Sporting Goa’s Keenan Almeida tried an ambitious long range chip, which was acrobatically kept out at the last moment by the Sesa custodian.
Seven minutes before the break, Victorino laid the ball back for Jovel Martins to cross for Boima Jerry karpeh who cushioned the ball towards Mauvin Borges and his spectacular volley was saved by the Sesa goalkeeper.
At the other end, defender Gonzalo Neila slipped allowing Sesa’s Chikwudi Chukwuma to race in on goal, but the angle was to acute as his shot raced passed the far post.
Just before half time, Jerry tricked his way into the box and set up Victorino, but he failed to connect properly and the ball sizzled past the post.
Less than two minutes after the interval, the Flaming Oranje took the lead after captain Victorino tapped in a cross from Jovel Martins.
In the 60th minute, Sporting Goa’s Victorino headed the ball down into the path of Jerry who took a touch before blasting into the top corner his 11th goal of the season.
Four minutes later, the Sesa goalkeeper pulled off a one handed save to stop a Pratesh Shirodkar power packed free kick.
Sesa finally thought they had a break through when Chikwudi Chukwuma’s shot trickled off a team mate and ended up in the back of the net, but the referee disallowed the goal as when the ball deflected off the player he was in an offside position.
Sporting Goa finished the first stage of the league in second position with 23 points, just a point behind the leaders, while Sesa completed their outings with 13 points from nine matches and are placed fifth.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Melroy Fernandes (gk), Keenan Almeida, Gonzalo Neila, Joyner Lourenco, Jovel Martins, Lesten Martins (U-20), Pratesh Shirodkar, Mackroy Peixoto, Mauvin Borges (U-20), Victorino Fernandes (c), Boima Jerry Karpeh
Sesa Football Academy: Thockhom Singh (gk), Caitano Viegas, Ponif Vaz, Ashley Araujo, Chukwudi Chukwuma, Perryson Rebello, Paresh Korgaonkar, Yogesh Kadam, Jayganesh Goltekar (c), Glan Martins (U-20), George D’Souza (U-20)
Chikwudi Chukwuma Sesa Football Academy (yellow ’56)
Dawson Fernandes Sporting Clube de Goa (yellow ’85)
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In a repeat of last season’s Super Cup final, Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Sesa Football Academy in the Airtel Goa Pro League organised by the Goa Football Association, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Tuesday.
This is the final match of the first stage of the league. Both teams have already done enough to secure a place in the top five and have booked their seats in the Super League.
As the points are carried forward to the second stage of the league, there is still all to play for. Churchill is currently leading the table with 23 points from nine matches, while Sporting Goa has 19 points going into this game. Dempo are third with 17 points, followed by Salgaocar who has 15 points and Sesa are currently in fifth position with 13 points.
When the two clubs met last season on the opening day, Sesa defeated Sporting Goa 2-1. In the second encounter Sporting Goa came back from three goals down to win amazingly 4-3. The third meeting between the two sides was the Super Cup final in which Sporting Goa edged victory in the last minute thanks to a well executed Victorino Fernandes strike.
Sporting Clube de Goa will be missing the services of defender Jagdeep Singh who pulled up in training with a thigh strain, but the Flaming Oranje Coach Oscar Bruzon has plenty of handy replacements at his disposal.
“I feel this game is an opportunity to hand a start to one or two of our fringe players who have been knocking on the door of the first team for quite some time and are very eager to prove their worth, although we will be approaching this encounter with the same focus as always” stated Oscar.
Sporting Clube de Goa held to a 1-1 draw by Mumbai
Ogba Kalu scored from the penalty spot as Sporting Clube de Goa had to settle for a point in their opening match after being held to a 1-1 draw by Mumbai FC in the I-League on Saturday. Mumbai led 1-0 at the breather.
The Flaming Oranje had a good opportunity to take the lead through a corner mid-way through the first session, but Arturo Garcia’s attempt was wonderfully saved by the Mumbai custodian.
Mumbai broke the dead lock just before the break when John Coutinho managed to make good contact with the ball to finish cleanly after the ball had initially deflected off a defender.
A strong team talk from Sporting Goa coach Oscar Bruzon settled his players after the change of ends and they started to make more raids forward.
Sporting Goa’s Boima Jerry Karpeh was the target man and he worked hard to find an opening, but was patrolled by the stubborn Mumbai defence.
Sporting Goa finally found the equalizer in the 77thminute, as Ogba kalu steered home a penalty for Sporting Goa, after Jerry was brought down in the box.
Sporting Clube de Goa kick off I-League campaign against Mumbai FC
Celebrating the commencement of their 15th year recently, Sporting Clube de Goa are in good spirits as they get ready to kick off their I-League 2013/14 campaign against Mumbai FC at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune, on Saturday.
During the pre-season, Sporting Goa received a monumental make-over both on and off the field, with the start of the SCG Football Academy, catering to youngsters in the U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20 age groups, with the aim of providing a conveyor belt of quality stars for the senior team.
The Academy was complimented by the renovation of the training ground at Don Bosco, Panjim, where a beautiful, manicured sand-based turf was laid with a state of the art sub-based drainage system to ensure a quality playing surface throughout the year.
The club were also busy in the transfer market signing up the following players: Deepak Devrani, Ravi Kumar (both Pailan Arrows), Beevan D’Mello, Cajetan Fernandes (both Salgaocar), Mauvin Borges (Sesa FA), Melroy Fernandes (Churchill Brothers), Harshad Meher (Air India), Jagdeep Singh (Viva Kerala), along with foreigners Boima Jerry Karpeh (Australia), Arturo Garcia, Gonzalo Hinojal (both Spain).
The following stars who served the club well, left in the summer: Adil Khan, Bisheshwor Singh, Freiman Peixoto, Ashok Singh, Agnel Gomes, Rahul Yadav, Samananda Singh, Mario Lobo and Boboi Singh.
Sporting Goa’s Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon who has transformed the team since taking over last December, felt his first pre-season with the club has gone well. “The players have responded favourably in practice, with a great mental attitude and we have enjoyed a good run in the local league which has helped us to prepare for the I-League. This year I feel we can finish among the top five,” stated a confident Oscar.
Photo: Sporting Clube de Goa squad 2013/14 at the Don Bosco training ground.
Top row (left to right): Valerio Rodrigues, Rovan Pereira, Velito D’Cruz, Jagdeep Singh, Beevan D’Mello, Keenan Almeida, Mauvin Borges, Deeepak Devrani, Charles Cardoz, Joyner Lourenco, Lesten Martins, Joval Martins, Rowllin Borges.
Middle row (left to right): Suresh Kankokar (kit man), Rojen Singh, Victorino Fernandes, Cajetan Fernandes, Mackroy Peixote, Xavier Dias, Saurav Chakraborty, Melroy Fernandes, Ravi Kumar, Stephene Barretto, Pratesh Shirodkar, Joseph Pereira, Dawson Fernandes, Jesmon Carvalho, Joseph Clemente, Shanu Kankolkar (Equipment manager)
Seated row (left to right): Arturo Garcia, Boima Jerry Karpeh, Abhinandan Chaterjee (Physiotherapist), Alex Alvares (Technical director), Aldrid Da Costa (Media Officer), Angelo Albuerquerque (Manager), Victor Fernandes (CEO), Oscar Bruzon (Head Coach), Peter Vaz (President), Edward Noronha (General secretary), Mathew Gonsalves (Captain), Javier Fernandez (Academy director), Brian D’Costa (Physiotherapist), Kalu Ogba, Gonzalo Hinojal.
Sporting Clube de Goa 4 (Deepak Devrani “13, Jerry Boima karpeh “55 & “70 , Stephene Barreto “90+3)
Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 1 (Agnelo D’Souza “57)
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Sporting Clube de Goa hit four against Cavelossim
Jerry Boima karpeh was back to his scoring ways, as he netted a second half brace to help Sporting Clube de Goa overcome Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim 4-1 in the Airtel Goa Pro League, organised by the GFA at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the breather thanks to a Deepak Devrani header.
Dawson Fernandes was in the lineup after completing his national duty with the India team recently.
Sporting Goa custodian Melroy Fernandes was the hero after saving a penalty at a crucial point in the second half and also denying former Sporting Goa legend Wilton Gomes on two separate occasions.
Sporting Goa raced into the lead after just 13 minutes when Deepak Devrani headed in unmarked at the back post from a Dawson corner.
Ten minutes into the second session, Pratesh laid the ball off for Jerry who applied a deft finish to place home.
Cavelossim’s answer was immediate, as Agnelo D’souza managed to catch the Sporting Goa goalkeeper off guard with a delightful shot to pull a goal back.
This spurred Cavelossim on and two minutes later they were awarded a dubious penalty after the ball was adjudged to have been handled by Keenan Almeida.
Up stepped Prestly Colaco for Cavelossim but his thunderous effort was palmed away to safety by Sporting Goa’s Melroy.
The Flaming Oranje started to build up momentum again and was rewarded for their efforts when Jerry slotted home his tenth goal of the season.
Deep into injury time substitute Stephene Barretto captilised after a mistake at the back to seal victory for Sporting Goa.
Sporting Goa has now collected 19 points from eight matches and is just a point behind leaders Churchill Brothers.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Melroy Fernandes (gk), Mathew Gonsalves (c), Deepak Devrani, Keenan Almeida, Rovan Pereira, Lesten Martins (U-20), Kalu Ogba, Pratesh Shirodkar, Dawson Fernandes, Boima Karpeh, Mauvin Borges (U-20)
SCC Cavelossim: Johnson Fernades (gk), Inacio Colaco, Elvino Fernandes, Constancio Rodrigues (U-20), Mohamed Ali, Wilton Gomes, Mario Mascarenhas, Valinton D’Silva, Marcus Fernandes, Agnelo D’Souza (c), Prestly Colaco (U-20)
Mackroy Peixoto (yellow ‘87)
Dawson Fernandes (yellow ‘88)
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Stephene Barretto rises to head against Cavelossim’s Mario Mascarenhas