Ralte stars in East Bengal’s victory

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Laldrindika Ralte set up the first and scored the second goal in Kingfisher East Bengal’s narrow 2-1 win over Sporting Clube de Goa, in the Aiff’s I-League at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Sunday. East Bengal led 1-0 at the interval.
East Bengal managed to take the lead just before the break, when Lalrindika rolled the ball into the path of substitute Baljit Sahni to place in and give his side the lead. Up to this point Sporting Goa were performing well and were unlucky to go into the break a goal down.
Changing over, Sporting Goa pushed forward on a number of occasions in search of the equalizer, but was crowded out on entering their opponent’s box.
In the 65th minute, Sporting Goa’s custodian Melroy Fernandes advanced off his goal line to punch away a trade mark Raju Gaikwad long throw-in. The Flaming Oranje defence failed to clear the ball, with it eventually finding its way to Ladrindika whose deflected shot found its way into the back of the net.
Sporting Goa continued to commit men forward and came ever so close to scoring through substitute Beeven D’Mello and Boima Jerry karpeh’s great attempt’s, but the East Bengal goalkeeper somehow managed to keep them at bay.
Sporting Goa managed to pull back a goal through the boot of Beeven D’Mello in the final minute, but it proved too little too late as East Bengal hung on for victory.


Salgaocar win

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Daniel and Steven netted in the last four minutes, as Salgaocar Football Club defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 in Gfa’s U-18 league 1st division, at Cansaulim ground, on Sunday. The match was goalless at the breather.
Daniel opened the scoring in the 76th minute with a neat placement. Deep into injury time, as Sporting Goa pushed forward for the equalizer, they were caught out by Salgaocar’s Steven who punted home.

Sporting Clube de Goa lock horns with Kingfisher East Bengal


With the ongoing exams currently taken place in Goa, the Sporting Clube de Goa Academy players can be forgiven for taking a break from their revision to tune into the match. It is in this fixture that many young Goan players have raised their game and profile over the years, playing in the second largest stadium in the world, against seasoned opponents.
Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Kingfisher East Bengal in round 23 of the Aiff’s I-League, at Salt Lake stadium, Kolkata on Sunday. The kick off is 5pm and is being televised live on Ten action.
Despite not being able to grind out a victory in their last five I-League encounters, Sporting Goa are still mathematically in the best chance to win the title, thanks to their super start to the campaign.
They currently have two games in hand over leaders Bengaluru FC (38 points) and face the current table toppers on the last day of the season, which increases the stakes of this game against East Bengal.
The last time the two teams met was in the recent Federation Cup, where Oscar Bruzon’s Sporting Goa edged past Armando Colaco’s East Bengal 2-1, courtesy of goals from the tournament’s joint top goal scorer Victorino Fernandes and also Beeven D’Mello.
In that Fed Cup, It was East Bengal’s victory against Bengaluru in the last group match, despite having nothing to play for, which saw Sporting Goa progress to the next round. This has only strengthened the mutual admiration between the two Coaches.
Sporting Goa will look to striker Boima Jerry Karpeh who has netted twenty three goals this season in all competitions and Rowllin Borges who scored a wonder goal last week against Mohun Bagan, to pull the strings in midfield.
East Bengal will rely on the two former Flaming Oranje front men James Moga and Edeh Chidi to lead their attack.
Sporting Goa is currently in fifth place with 29 points from nineteen matches, while East Bengal is seventh with 28 points from eighteen games.
The last three I-League encounters between the two sides have all been drawn and this looks to be another close and enthralling affair.

PHOTO: SCG Academy players and fans cheering on Sporting Clube de Goa at the recent match against Mohun Bagan.

Know your SCG stars: MACKROY PEIXOTE

Know your SCG stars:


Date of birth: 11th May 1990

Village: Curtorim

Nationality: Indian

Previous Club: Salcete Football Club

Position: Midfielder

Highlight of your football career: When I scored my first & second goal in the I-League for Sporting Clube de Goa, in our 5-0 win against Mumbai FC in the 2011-12 season.

International Club you support: Manchester United

International Country you follow: Spain

Favourite footballer: Xavi Hernandez, Wayne Rooney

Music you enjoy: Hip-Hop

Favourite music artist: Chris Brown, Pit Bull, Selena Gomez, Akon

Favourite actress: Sunny Leone/ Scarlett Johansson

Best movie of all time: Don Jon, Avatar, Fast & Furious 6

Alternate career had you not been a footballer: Doctor

*Usually we ask our players to pick one favourite in each category, but Mackroy simply loves his music and movies as much as he loves playing football, so we allowed him to select 4 music artists and 3 movies.

Sporting Clube de Goa held by Sesa FA


Joaquim Cardoza scored a spectacular volley in the 80th minute as Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 2-2 draw by Sesa Football Academy in Gfa’s U-18 League at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Thursday.
Sporting Goa started brightly and raced into the lead after just four minutes, when Akeraj Martins laid the ball back for Terence D’Mello who smashed in from 25 yards out.
Sesa finally got their act together in the 36th minute, when Cryson Fernandes headed in a cross from the right flank.
Changing over, it was Josley Dias who gave Sesa the lead with a firm header from a corner.
With ten minutes to go, Elton Godinho swung in a dipping free kick to the back post, where Joaquim was lurking and volleyed in to equalise for the Flaming Oranje.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Izar Khan bursts forward at Don Bosco ground, Panjim

Josbon and Dylan score in Salgaocar win


Josbon Fernandes and Dylan Lourenco netted as Salgaocar defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 in Gfa’s U-16 League at Cansaulim ground, on Tuesday. The match was goalless at the breather.
With Sporting Goa missing a number of key players through injury, they played extremely well and were compact going forward.
Sporting Goa came close to taking the lead early on, after Sabino Pereira controlled the ball in the box, but his shot was saved by the Salgaocar custodian.
In the second session, Salgaocar’s Josbon got himself in the right place to shoot and give his side the lead.
Sporting Goa battled with honour as they looked for the equalizer, but could not find an opening beyond the robust Salgaocar defence.
In the last two minutes as the Flaming Oranje Juniors went forward, they were caught out by Salgaocar’s Dylan who punted into the back of the net.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa player wonderfully controls the ball on his chest, at Cansaulim.

Sporting Clube de Goa edge out SAI Hostel

Sporting Clube de Goa's Akeraj Martins attempts a volley

Akeraj Martins scored a majestic second half goal as 10-men Sporting Clube de Goa got their campaign off to a flyer, defeating 10-men SAI Hostel 2-1 in Gfa’s U-18 League at Cansaulim ground, on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.

Sporting Goa took the lead in the 35th minute through a penalty, after Akeraj Martins was sent crashing to the ground. Terence D’Mello stepped up and stroked home the spot kick for the Flaming Oranje.

After resumption, Sporting Goa pressed forward at every opportunity with an ambition to strengthen their lead.

16 year old Akeraj who starred for the Flaming Oranje in the U-19 I-League recently, showed peak form as he won the ball in the opposition’s final third and curled a beautiful shot into the top corner to double Sporting Goa’s lead.

Full credit goes to SAI, who pushed forward with great intent and pulled a goal back four minutes later through Domnic Soares, to set up an exciting end.

The match was overshadowed, when the referee sent off SAI’s Vishwadeep Solakhe for a very bad challenge and Sporting Goa’s Benedicto Dias for retaliating.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s young gun Akeraj Martins attempts a volley, at Cansaulim ground.