Federation Cup Semi Final
Sporting Clube de Goa
Two successful penalty conversions from substitute Arturo Garcia help book Sporting Clube de Goa’s place in the final after overcoming Dempo Sports Club 3-2 after extra time, in the semi-finals of the Federation Cup at JN Stadium, Cochin, in Kerala on Thursday. The match was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time.
Boima Jerry Karpeh gave Sporting Goa the lead with a delightful turn and strike into the corner of the net, midway through the first half.
After the breather Dempo started to pressurize more and finally found the equalizer after Roberto Silva slipped the ball through for Tolgay Ozbey to stroke home.
With time running out, Sporting Goa took the lead once again after Arturo’s corner was handled by a Dempo defender and the referee pointed to the spot. Arturo confidently converted the penalty.
Just when the game looked dead and buried, Amiri managed to sneak in and equalize for Dempo.
As the match moved into extra time, Sporting Goa once again was awarded a penalty when Pratesh was pulled to the ground. Arturo stepped up once again to score and send the Flaming Oranje into the final.
Sporting Clube de Goa will play Churchill Brothers in the final of the Federation Cup on Saturday.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (gk), Mathew Gonsalves, Keenan Almeida, Kalu Ogba, Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Rowlin Borges, Rovan Pereira (C), Boima Karpeh, Joyner Lourenco
Subs used: (Mackroy Peixote, Arturo Garcia, Jovel Martins)
Dempo SC: Debabrata Roy, Simon Colosimo, Peter Carvalho, Roberto Silva, Clifford Miranda (C), Haroon Fakhruddin, Tolgay Ozbey, Laxmikant Kattimani, Alwyn George, Narayan Das, Pronay Halder