Sporting Clube de Goa aim to go to the top of the I-League

Race to the finish line

Race to the finish line


I-LEAGUE

With the finishing line in sight, Sporting Clube de Goa aim to move to the top of the table when they take on Mohammedan Sporting in the Aiff’s I-league at Salt lake Stadium, Kolkata on Friday. The kickoff is at 4pm and is being televised live on Ten Action.

Sporting Goa are currently comfortably perched at second place in the table with 28 points from fifteen games, while leaders Bengaluru FC who don’t take the field until 25 hours later, are on 31 points having played a game extra.

A 2-0 victory would be enough to see Sporting Goa occupy the top spot, but standing in their way is the challenge of Mohammedan, who incidentally is the only team to have beaten Sporting Goa at home this season.

In that ill-fated 3-1 victory it was the current I-League top goal scorer, Josimar Da Silva (9 goals) who grabbed a brace and will be the danger man for Mohammedan.

Sporting Goa’s Boima Jerry Karpeh is seeking his 23rd goal of the season in all competitions and will spearhead the attack. He could be joined by Victorino Fernandes who has recently been recalled in to the India squad for next week’s Bangladesh friendly.

The game could also see the long awaited debut of Sporting Goa’s new signing, Nigerian midfielder Martins Ekwueme alongside fellow countryman Ogba Kalu.

The Flaming Oranje is without Mackroy Peixote, Stephene Barretto and Jovel Martins who are all suffering from ankle injuries.

Mohammedan, who won the Ifa Shield recently to add to the Durand Cup won earlier in the season, is currently placed 2nd from bottom with 13 points from fifteen matches and will be desperately looking to avoid their fifth straight defeat in a row.

Sporting Goa has not been beaten in the I-League in the last five games and had the pleasure of sitting out the last round, which has given the team precious time to recover, refresh and rekindle the magic.

“We aim to come back to Goa with the three points,” summed up Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.

PHOTO: (left to right) Sporting Clube de Goa’s Joseph Clemente, Royston D’Souza and Deepak Devrani race to the finish line.

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Know your SCG stars: ROYSTON D’SOUZA

ROYSTON D'SOUZA

ROYSTON D’SOUZA


Know your SCG stars:

ROYSTON D’SOUZA

Date of birth: 28th October 1990

Nationality: Indian

Previous Clubs: Air India, Salgaocar FC, Mumbai Tigers

Position: Central midfielder

Highlight of your football career: My I-League debut season with Air India

International Club you support:
No specific club, but I like to follow the top leagues in Europe

International Country you follow: Spain

Favourite footballer: David Silva

Music you enjoy: All kinds of music, depending on my mood

Favourite music artist:
Bruno Mars

Favourite actor: Leonardo DiCaprio

Best movie of all time: Captain Phillips

Alternate career had you not been a footballer: A veterinary physician

Lesten seals victory to send Sporting Clube de Goa to the top of the table

Sporting Clube de Goa's Mauvin Borges on the attack

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Mauvin Borges on the attack


U-19 I-LEAGUE

Lesten Martins sealed victory with a marvelous touch, as ten men Sporting Clube de Goa moved to the top of the table after overcoming Dempo Sports Club 1-0, in the Aiff’s U-19 I-League at Sesa ground, Sirsaim on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the lemon break.
The game was a typical physical Panjim derby, where neither team could expect victory without breaking a sweat.
From the onset the referee was kept on his toes as Sporting Goa’s top marksmen Mauvin Borges was singled out for some heavy treatment, while his team mates retaliated which produced fireworks.
In the twelfth minute, Dempo had a fabulous chance to break the deadlock when Clencio Pinto clipped the ball over the goalkeeper, but it went marginally wide of the post.
At the other end, Sporting Goa’s Papai Biswas saw his superbly driven shot palmed over by the rival custodian.
The atmosphere was reignited on the half hour mark, when Sporting Goa defender Chingakham Singh received his marching orders after he brought down Clencio Pinto on the edge of the box, which was his second bookable offence.
Six minutes before the interval, Sporting Goa’s Jesmon Carvalho was sent crashing to the canvas by the opposition. Mauvin Borges provided the incision from the resulting free kick with a cute pass, allowing Lesten Martins to react quickest and squirt the ball past the outrushing goalkeeper to give the Flaming Oranje the lead.
The second half was full of action, as Sporting Goa attempted to defend their slender lead, while Dempo tried to make good use of their numerical advantage.
Sporting Goa took off striker Akeraj Martins and brought on Jovel Fernandes as a defensive midfielder at half-time, as the team move from a 4-2-3-1 line up to a tenacious 4-4-1 formation, which managed to keep Dempo at bay.
“We played 60 minutes with ten men and so I am happy with the defensive set up of my team, especially the wingers Lesten and Papai who had to work twice as hard to cover the whole field,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Javier Cabrera.
At the half way point in the Goa zone group, Sporting Goa moved to the top of the table with 9 points from four matches, while Dempo stay on 3 points after the same number of games.

PHOTO:Sporting Clube de Goa striker Mauvin Borges is stopped in his tracks on route to goal

Dempo Sports Club: Shilton Fernandes (gk), Shawyn Fernandes, Nerry Afonso, Dadio Rodrigues, Sahil Tavora, Clencio Pinto, Megan Silveira, Nickson Castanha (c), Yogesh Gauns, Nikhil Naik, Turnard Fernandes.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Alison Fernandes (gk), Charles Cardozo (C), Alfex D’Souza, Chingakham Singh, Jesmon Carvalho, Olan Chandran, Gaurav Kundu, Lesten Martins, Akeraj Martins, Papai Biswas, Mauvin Borges.

Know your SCG stars: NALLAPPAN MOHAN RAJ

Mohan Raj being wished by SCG assistant Coach Norbert Gonsalves

Mohan Raj being wished by SCG assistant Coach Norbert Gonsalves


New signing Mohan Raj turns 25 on Sunday. As the team is not training tomorrow, the boy’s sang Happy Birthday for him today. Make sure you wish him a Happy Birthday. We hope you enjoy reading his profile!!!

Know your SCG stars:

NALLAPPAN MOHAN RAJ

Date of birth: 23/02/89

Nationality: Indian

Previous Clubs: HAL, Mohun Bagan, Pune FC, Mumbai Tigers

Position: Left back

Highlight of your football career: Winning the Nehru Cup with the Indian national team in 2009.

International Club you support: Chelsea and Real Madrid

International Country you follow: India & Spain

Favourite footballer: Ashley Cole

Music you enjoy: South Indian music

Favourite music artist: Illayaraja (South Indian singer)

Favourite actor: Rajinikanth/ Deepika Padukone

Best movie of all time: Gridiron Gang and Warhorse

Alternate career had you not been a footballer: Can’t imagine life without football.

Sporting Clube de Goa overcome Salgaocar

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U-19 I-LEAGUE

Teen sensation, Mauvin Borges netted the winner in the 83rd minute as Sporting Clube de Goa raced to a 1-0 victory over Salgaocar Football Club, in the Aiff’s U-19 I-League at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Friday. The match was goalless at the breather.
Before kickoff Salgaocar was on 7 points from three games, while Sporting Goa was on 3 points from two matches and so the onus was on the Flaming Oranje to pick up some points away from home.
The first half was a drab affair with neither team making any real headway. Salgaocar had the only clear cut opportunity after just four minutes when James Fernandes squared the ball to Shubert Colaco, but he failed to make a good connection and the ball fizzled out.
Changing over Sporting Goa, came out off their shell and started to play with confidence as they chiseled out some dangerous moves.
Midway through the second half Sporting Goa’s Chingakham Singh attempted a long range shot from 45yards which forced the rival custodian into action.
Moments later, Sporting Goa’s Akeraj Martins was played through with a clever pass and from the right channel sent in a teasing cross, which was flapped to safety by the Salgaocar custodian.
In the closing stages, Sporting Goa had a hand ball shout for a penalty waved away by the referee, which seemed to spur them on.
Sporting Goa responded, as Mauvin Borges shot low into the back of the net through a crowded box to earn his side a vital three points, as the team celebrated joyfully.
“In the first half we were too direct which I didn’t like, but in the second half we were perfect. A combination of short passes and intensity gave us the edge,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Javier Cabrera.
With this win Sporting Goa closed the gap at the top and moved to 6 points from three matches, while Salgaocar stays on 7 points after four outings.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s captain Charles Cardoz marks his opponent tightly.

Salgaocar FC: Jovial Coutinho (gk), Schubert Costa, Anthony Cardozo, Domnic Soares, Nevin Pereira, Shubert Colaco, Rayman Fernandes (c), Samson Furtado, Prestley Colaco, Albino Pereira, James Fernandes.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Alison Fernandes (gk), Jesmon Carvalho, Alfex D’souza, Chingakham Singh, Gaurav Kundu, Jovel Fernandes, Jeremy Menezes, Lesten Martins, Akeraj Martins, Mauvin Borges, Charles Cardozo (C).

Know your SCG stars: MARTINS NNABUGWU EKWUEME

Martins Ekwueme

Martins Ekwueme


MARTINS NNABUGWU EKWUEME

Date of birth: 02/10/85

Nationality: Nigerian

Previous Clubs: Polonia Warsaw, Sigma Olomouc, Wisla Krakow, Legia Warsaw, Zaglebie Lubin, Flota Swinousjscie

Position: defensive midfielder

Highlight of your football career: Playing in the UEFA Cup at the age of 16, which was an amazing moment for me.
International Club you follow: Real Madrid

International Country you support: Nigeria

Favourite footballer: Cristiano Ronaldo

Music you enjoy: Hip-Hop

Favourite music artist: Eminem, 50-Cent

Favourite actor: Denzel Washington

Best movie of all time: The Matrix

Alternate career had you not been a footballer: Lawyer

Sporting Clube de Goa edge past Churchill Brothers

DSporting Clube de Goa's Jesmon Carvalho on the attack
U-19 I-LEAGUE

Jesus Estrocio settled the tie with a delightful second half free kick as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Churchill Brothers Sports Club 2-1 in the Aiff’s U-19 I-League football at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Tuesday. The match was locked 1-1 at the interval.
It took Churchill Brothers just 10 minutes to find their groove, when Captain Elvis Barretto led by example and fired in a spectacular free-kick from 35-yards out.
Sporting Goa took the game to Churchill Brothers and it was not long before they were back on level terms.
A crisp ball was floated into the box, which was wonderfully controlled by Lesten Martins, who laid into the path of Mauvin Borges and he blasted it into the back of the net.
On the half hour mark, Sporting Goa’s Papai Biswas threatened with a drop of the shoulder and a burst of pace, but the shot did not trouble the rival custodian.
Ten minutes into the second session, Mauvin flashed the ball across the six yard box, but none of his team mates were placed to take advantage.
Five minutes later, it was Sporting Goa’s turn to unleash their dead ball specialist. Jesus’ free kick from an acute angle found its way into the back of the net, when everybody was queuing up in the box expecting a chipped pass.
Midway through the second half Sporting Goa’s Papai ran down the flank and slid the ball into the danger area, but no one was able to capitilise and the golden chance went begging.
Churchill Brothers had a nice opportunity to equalize at the end, when Lalit Tariyal headed a free kick goal bound, but the Flaming Oranje Captain Charles Cardoz read the situation and calmly cleared off the goal line.
“We did not play well at all in the first session. The second half was a little better, but most importantly we got the three points,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Javier Cabrera.

Churchill Brothers:
Bilal Khan (gk), Elvis Barretto (c), Romario Fernandes, Casmiro Fernandes, David Costa, Eltrin Viegas, Myron Mendes, Ashwin Godinho, Joson Baretto, Nallistun D’Silva, Aldrich Coelho.

Sporting Clube de Goa:
Alison Fernandes (gk), Jesmon Carvalho, Chingakham Singh, Alfex D’Souza, Charles Cardozo (c), Gaurav Kundu, Lesten Martins, Olan Chandran, Papai Biswas, Mauvin Borges, Akeraj Martins.