New comers Panjim Footballers overcome St Sebastian
Newly promoted Panjim Footballers swept aside St Sebastian Sports Club, Santa Cruz 3-0 in their opening game of Gfa’s 2nd division at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Monday. Panjim led 2-0 at the interval. Aniket Mandraker gave Panjim the lead on the half hour mark with a neat finish. Within five minutes Papai Biswas hammered home after receiving a pass from Jesus Estrocio to double Panjim’s lead. In the second session, St Sebastian put up a stronger performance and managed to hold their opponents until the very last minute of play. Papai was fouled in the box, which allowed Arnold Fernandes to convert from the spot and give Panjim a 3-0 victory. The Panjim Footballers team is made up largely of Sporting Clube de Goa Academy players.
Sporting Clube de Goa back in training
After a well deserved Christmas vacation, the Sporting Clube de Goa squad returned to training at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Monday as they gear up for the upcoming Federation Cup.
A phenomenal start to the I-League where they finished the first stage in second place with a game in hand over leaders Bengaluru Football Club, was rewarded with an eight day holiday to spend the festive period with their friends and family.
During the break, the Sporting Goa physio’s Brian D’Costa and Abhinandan Chaterjee had devised an elite training plan for the players to follow in order to stay fit.
“It is important that the players maintain their aerobic capacity and speed as there is still a long way in the season to go, with many challenges ahead in which they will have to be at peak performance,” remarked physio Abhinandan.
The training plan was formulated in such a way that it gave the players many options to select what type of activities suited them best.
“Footballers tend to enjoy different forms of exercise and so we gave them a variety. What was also important is the sufficient rest days in between and consumption of a well balanced diet,” stated physio Brian.
The Calorie conscious Panjim outfit had four choices namely swimming, jogging on damp sand, cycling in the gym and running in the park. These sessions were complimented with an abdominal work out.
The most popular routine among the SCG squad was a combination of swimming and jogging in the park on alternate days.
Monday morning was a light practice session at the training ground, followed by the gym in the afternoon. Judging by the movement and enthusiasm of the squad, they followed the programme to the last letter.
Oscar Bruzon’s men kick off their Federation Cup campaign in Kerala, with a sizzling showdown against Bengaluru Football Club on January 15th, followed by East Bengal on January 18th and their final group “B” encounter is against Rangdajied United on the 21st of January.
Name: CAJETAN FERNANDES
Date of birth: 28th February 1989
Previous Club: Salgaocar Football Club
Highlight of your football career: Scoring against Portugal in the Lusofonia games
International Club you support: Manchester City
International team you follow: India
Favourite footballer: Xavi Hernandez
Music you enjoy: Pop music
Favourite music artist: Adele
Favourite actor/actress: John Abraham/ Priyanka Chopra
Best movie of all time: Pearl Harbour
Alternate career had you not been a footballer: Doctor
Know your SCG stars!!!!
Date of birth: 18th March 1995
Previous Club: Sesa Football Academy
Highlight of your football career: Making my debut in the I-League for Sporting Clube de Goa at the age of 18.
International Club you support: Chelsea
International team you follow: India
Favourite footballer: Fernando Torres
Music you enjoy: Rock Music
Favourite music artist: Pit Bull
Favourite actor: Tom Cruise
Best movie of all time: Pirates of the Caribbean
Alternate career had you not been a footballer: Chartered Accountant
Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Rojen Singam “4)
United Sports Club 0
@ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Midfielder Rojen Singam netted in the fourth minute as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame United Sports Club 1-0 in the Airtel I-League organised by the AIFF at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday.
Sporting Goa took a surprise lead in the fourth minute, after Arturo released Jerry on the left wing and he brilliantly cut past his marker and served the ball on a platter for Rojen to pounce and send the crowd into raptures.
The remaining of the first half was restricted to the midfield, without any real goal mouth action. United Sports Club was kept in check by the splendid marshalling in defence of Sporting Goa’s Gonzalo Neila.
Changing over, the Flaming Oranje started to look bright again with the introduction of Beeven D’Mello who created havoc on the left wing after coming on for Rojen. His delicate interchanging of passes nearly opened up the opposition on a few occasions.
In the closing stages, Sporting Goa’s Boima Karpeh saw his shot well kept out by the United Sports Club custodian and moment’s later Ogba kalu was also denied with an instinctive save.
At the other end, United Sports Club attempted long range shots which never really troubled Ravi Kumar in the Sporting Goa goal.
Sporting Goa’s Spanish defender Gonzalo Neila was adjudged the man of the match.
Sporting Goa finished the first half of the league in a respectable second place with 27 points from fourteen matches and a game in hand over league leaders Bengaluru Football Club who has 30 points. United Sports Club stays on 18 points.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (gk), Mathew Gonsalves (c), Deepak Devrani, Keenan Almeida, Gonzalo Neila, Kalu Ogba, Arturo Garcia, Pratesh Shirodkar, Rojen Singh, Rowllin Borges, Boima Karpeh
Subs: (Beevan D’Mello in/ Rojen out “63), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Boima out “83), (Cajetan Fernandes in/ Rowllin out “90+2)
United Sports Club: Dhanachandra Singh, Bello Rasaq, Lalkamal Bhomwick, Ranti Martins, Eric Brown, Deepak Kumar Mandal (c), Asif K., Baldeep Singh, Souvik, Abhijit Das (gk), Hasan Hamid
Subs: (Vineet C. K. in/ Ranti Martins out “60), (MD Rafique in/ Souvik Chakrabarti out “66), Surajit in/ Baldeep out “82)
Bookings: Vineeth C. K. (“90)
Sporting Clube de Goa will aim to continue their good run of form when they go head to head with United Sports Club in the Airtel I-League organized by the AIFF, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Saturday. The match will kick off at 3.30pm.
If results go Sporting Goa’s way then they could be sitting on top of the table for the first time this season, but this is the last thing own Coach Oscar Bruzon’s mind right now.
“United is a very good side and are competing for a top five finish just like us. I have told my players that our objective is to improve on the results from the first half of the league,” stated a relaxed Oscar.
When the two clubs met this season, United SC won 3-1 in Kolkata with Ranti Martins, B.Biswas and Eric Brown the scorers. India International Victorino Fernandes grabbed a goal that day for the Goan outfit.
Oscar has adapted the training slightly this week to reduce United’s combined mobility in midfield by cutting out the fluid ball possession. Sporting Goa forward Mauvin Borges will sit out this game after succumbing to an ankle injury in the 5-1 demolition of Shillong Lajong, while left back Jovel Martins also has an ankle problem and is doubtful.
The Flaming Oranje will welcome back Captain Mathew Gonsalves and midfielder Pratesh Shirodkar from suspension which will give the side a big boost as they look to rack up their fourth victory in succession heading into the long I-League break, which will only resume in February.
Sporting Goa is currently second in the standings with 24 points from thirteen matches and has one match in hand over current leaders Bengaluru Football Club who has 27 points. United are currently in seventh position with 18 points from fourteen games.
The encounter has gained added interest as it could be the last I-League match to be held at Duler Stadium this season.
Sporting Clube de Goa 5 (Ogba kalu “26, ’59, ’67, Boima Jerry Karpeh ’65, Victorino Fernandes 90+2)
Shillong Lajong 1 (Taisuke Matsugae ’14) @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (GOA)
Man-of-the match Ogba Kalu netted a fine hat-trick as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Shillong Lajong 5-1 in the Airtel I-League organised by the AIFF at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. The score was 1-1 at half-time.
Shillong took the lead in the 14th minute when Taisuke Matsugae perfectly controlled the ball, before finishing clinically.
A few minutes later Kalu converted with a spectacular bicycle kick, but the goal was not given and Kalu was booked for his protest. This was the turning point as from then on, Kalu was intent on stamping his presence on the game and that is exactly what he achieved.
In the 26th minute Kalu did well to head in a Mauvin Borges cross to equalize for Sporting Goa.
Changing over, Sporting Goa continued where they left off when Arturo Garcia cleverly squared a free kick to the edge of the box and Kalu neatly turned and buried the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Midway through the second session, Jerry was played through on goal and he placed the ball in the far corner to make it 3-1 to Sporting Goa.
The Shillong team had barely any time to get their breath back as Sporting Goa’s Kalu struck within two minutes to grab his third of the game with a delightful tap into the back of the net.
Eighteen minutes from time, the home crowd applauded Kalu for his marvelous performance as he was substituted for Victorino Fernandes.
Two minutes into injury time substitute Victorino took on the goalkeeper to place in and round off a famous 5-1 victory for the Flaming Oranje.
Sporting Goa stay in 2nd place with 24 points from thirteen games and puts them just 3 points behind leaders Bangalore Football Club.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (gk), Deepak Devrani, Keenan Almeida, Gonzalo Neila, Kalu Ogba, Arturo Garcia, Jovel Martins, Mauvin Borges, Rojen Singam (c), Rowllin Borges, Boima Jerry karpeh
Subs: (Beevan D’Mello in/ Mauvin Borges out “52), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Ogba Kalu out ’72), (Velito D’Cruz in/ Rojen Singam out ’80)
Bookings: ( Deepak Devrani ‘5), (Ogba Kalu ’21),
Shillong Lajong: Laltuammawai Ralte(gk), Wailadmi Passah, Minchol Son(c), Ongnam Milan Singh, Cornell Glen, Taisuke Matsuge, C. Lallawmzuala, Boithang Haokip, Seikhohao Tuboi, Redeem Tlang, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai.
Subs: (Shaiborlang Kharpan in/ Redeem Tlang out ’67), (Samuel Shadap in/ C. Lalchhuanmawia Fanai out “85)
Bookings: (Cornel Glen ’24, C.Lallwmzuala ’61)