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.