Sporting Clube de Goa overpower Salgaocar

 Sporting Clube de Goa’s Rojen Singam keeps a close track of Salgaocar’s Dudu.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Rojen Singam keeps a close track of Salgaocar’s Dudu.

GFA Knock out Cup

In an exciting duel from beginning to end, Sporting Clube de Goa overpowered Salgaocar Football Club 3-2 in Gfa’s Knock out Cup semi final match at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Wednesday. The match was tied 1-1 at the interval.
The teams drew 3-3 in the I-League recently, but no one was expecting such a thrilling sequel. Sporting Goa always looked to have the edge, but Salgaocar had a never-say-die attitude which saw them push their opponents all the way.
The Flaming Oranje started with will real intent and raced into the lead after just four minutes when Cajetan Fernandes crossed for the young Mauvin Borges to steer home the opener.
Ten minutes before the break, Salgaocar found the equalizer after Aslon Oliveira smashed in of a low driven cross.
After resumption, Sporting Goa was fired up and regained the lead within two minutes, through Boima Karpeh who netted his 26th goal of the season in all competitions.
The introduction of lethal striker Dudu Omagbemi from the bench seemed to do the trick for Salgaocar as he equalized with ten minutes left to play.
Just when the game looked like it would be solved by a penalty shoot-out, up stepped Sporting Goa’s Ogba Kalu whose fierce free kick from the top of the box deflected of a defender and flew into the back of the net.
With this result, Sporting Goa will meet Dempo Sports Club in the Knock out cup final.


Sporting Clube de Goa aim to keep unique treble hopes on track


Sporting Clube de Goa aim to keep their unique treble hopes on track, when they take on Salgaocar Football Club in the semi finals of Gfa’s Knock out Cup at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Wednesday. The match will kick off at 4.15pm.
Sporting Goa won the Kingfisher Goa Super Cup last May and earlier this season finished on top of the Airtel Goa Pro League, which means they are chasing their third honour in under a year. “This club is committed to Goan Football and will always look to promote local players at the Grassroots, Youth and senior level. Playing in these Goa tournaments is very important to us,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.
The Flaming Oranje have an exciting I-League game against newly crowned I-League champions Bengaluru FC on Monday, which hasn’t escaped the Coaches thoughts going into this semi-final match. “We are preparing for an important I-League match which will determine our final standing for the season, so this game will be a good stepping stone,” reasoned Oscar.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players training ahead of the big match.

Sporting Clube de Goa sweep aside Salgaocar

GFA U-14

Sporting Clube de Goa maintained pole position after sweeping aside Salgaocar FC 2-1 in Gfa’s U-14 1st division League at Cansaulim ground, on Tuesday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.
Aman Govekar kept up his super goal scoring record to make it 6 goals from 6 games, utilising the continued support of a rampaging midfield.
Full credit to Salgaocar who threw everything they had at their opponents in the last twenty minutes. The Sporting Goa goalkeeper Akshat Hadkonkar , left back Jayden Fernandes, stopper’s Jonas Fernandes and Presley Moura along with right back Aaron Fernandes kept them at bay.
The Flaming Oranje Juniors raced ahead in the27th minute, when Aman did wonderfully to take on the Salgaocar goalkeeper and place the ball into the net.
Salgaocar came out strongly in the second half and soon found the equalizer, when Johan Gracias picked up a cross at the near post and fired into the bottom corner.
Sporting Goa stayed patient and waited for the right moment to regain the lead. Aaron played a short ball to Stendly Fernandes who gently placed the ball into the far corner of the net.
Sporting Goa stays first in the standings with 16 points from six matches.

Sporting Clube de Goa held to a goalless draw by Dempo

GFA U-18

It was a typical hard fought Panjim derby as Sporting Clube de Goa was held to a goalless stalemate by Dempo Sports Club in Gfa’s U-18 League at Sangolda ground, on Monday.
The match was played at a high tempo and both teams came mightily close to stealing victory, but could not come up with the goods when it mattered most.
Dempo sent out an early warning in the opening five minutes when Joel Fernandes did well to take advantage of a defensive error, but he pulled his shot just wide off the post with only the Sporting Goa custodian at his mercy.
Just before the break the Flaming Oranje started to flourish and looked as though they would be first to surge ahead.
Changing over, Sporting Goa had to replace forwards Toystan Mendonca and Akeraj Martins through injury, which would have caused most people to press the panic button.
One of the substitutions for Sporting Goa included the energetic Savio Dias who worked hard to put pressure on his opponents. Sporting Goa had Dempo on the back foot when Savio managed to get around the back, but saw his thunderous drive fly back of the post.
Both teams went home with a point in their back pocket, but who was happier with the result remains to be seen.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa player attempts to get to the ball first, at Sangolda ground.

Know your SCG stars: ROJEN SINGAM




Date of birth: 20/03/88

Nationality: Indian

Previous Club: NISA FC

Position: Defender

Highlight of your football career: Scoring the winning goal when we defeated United Sports Club 1-0 in the I-League in December, at Duler Stadium. In the previous game I was made Captain in our 5-1 win over Shillong Lajong and so the goal against USC capped of a splendid week.

International Club you support: Chelsea

International Country you follow: Italy

Favourite footballer: John Terry

Music you enjoy: Rock music

Favourite music artist: Miley Cyrus

Favourite actor: Salman Khan

Best movie of all time: Rambo

Alternate career had you not been a footballer: Professor

Salgaocar score at death to hold Sporting Clube de Goa in 3-3 thriller


Ogba Kalu (not in clear site) heads in Sporting Clube de Goa’s first goal.

Ogba Kalu (not in clear site) heads in Sporting Clube de Goa’s first goal.

Sporting Clube de Goa 3 (Ogba Kalu ‘20, Boima Karpeh ‘41, Rowllin Borges 73)

Salgaocar FC 3 (Daryl Duffy ‘4, Dudu Omagbemi ’11, Bikash Jairu ‘90)

In a thrilling encounter, Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a 3-3 draw by Salgaocar Football Club in the Aiff’s I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. The match was tied 2-2 at the interval.
Salgaocar raced into the lead after just four minutes when Daryl Duffy converted a penalty kick, after he was fouled by Sporting Goa defender Rojen Singam.
Salgaocar were jumping for joy after only 11 minutes, after Dudu Omagbemi kept his composure to score against his former club and doubled his sides lead.
Sporting Goa soon got their act together and found the back of the net, when Salgaocar did not manage to clear a corner, which allowed Rowllin Borges to chip the ball back into danger area for Kalu Ogba to head home.
Sporting Goa started to build momentum and drew level before the breather, after Velito D’Cruz laid the ball for Boima Karpeh who blasted in the equalizer.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s second goal scorer Boima Karpeh , attempts to get past his marker

Sporting Clube de Goa’s second goal scorer Boima Karpeh , attempts to get past his marker

After resumption, the Flaming Oranje continued to battle hard and was rewarded for their efforts when Rowllin fired into the back of the net through a crowded box to make it 3-2.
Salgaocar attacked with intensity and found the equalizer at the death through substitute Bikas Jairu, to save his teams blushes.

Sporting Clube de Goa:
Mathew Gonsalves, Keenan Almeida, Kalu Ogba, Jovel Martins, Rojen Singam, Chandrashekar Chinta, Cajetan Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Velito Cruz, Boima karpeh, Melroy Fernandes (gk)

Subs: Beevan D’Mello, Mauvin Borges, Stephene Barreto, Joseph Pereira, Rovan Pereira, Sourav Chakraborthy, Joyner Lourenco

Salgaocar: karanjit Singh (gk), Augustin Fernandes, Chika Wali, Darryl Duffy, Dudu Omabemi, Matthew Foschini, Rocus Lamare, Francisco Fernandes (C), Brian Mascarenhas, Gilbert Oliveira, Freiman Peixoto

Subs: karma Tsewang, Caitan Costa, Felix D’Souza, Aslon Oliveira, Clifton Dias, Rosario Mendes, Bikash Jairu

Cautions: Daryl Duffy, Gilbert Oliveira, Mathew Foschini

Sporting Clube de Goa’s third goal scorer, Rowllin Borges looks to attack

Sporting Clube de Goa’s third goal scorer, Rowllin Borges looks to attack

Sporting Clube de Goa look to halt title contenders Salgaocar



“Although we are out of the title race, we want to finish as high as possible in the League and will be going all out for 3 points against Salgaocar,” remarked Sporting Clube de Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon, as his team take on Salgaocar Football Club in the Aiff’s I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. The kick off time is 5pm and there is no live telecast.

Sporting Goa are currently in fourth place with 33 points from twenty two matches and despite no longer being in the running for the title, remain the team that everyone is interested in watching as their two remaining games are against Salgaocar, followed by leaders Bengaluru on the last day of the season. Salgaocar are currently second with 37 points from twenty two games and need a win to stay in the hunt.

Oscar set his young team a target of a top five finish at the start of this season and is on course to achieve it and more, provided they stay focused. “I am looking for a high performance from each and every one of my players in the game,” stated Oscar.  

The Flaming Oranje will be missing Dawson Fernandes, Victorino Fernandes and Pratesh Shirodkar through injury, but Oscar is not worried as he knows his whole squad is eager to leave a lasting impression and fight for their places.

Since Oscar took over as Coach of Sporting Goa 16 months ago, he has faced Salgaocar seven times in all competitions and has won six and drawn one, but the Spaniard is not one to bask on past glories and will be as competitive as ever. “We need to first be strong in the defence and then build from there patiently, by creating more chances in the final third to attain success,” signed off Oscar.


PHOTO: GOAN DERBY – Sporting Clube de Goa taking on Salgaocar earlier in the season