SC GOA eye victory against Dempo

GFA Goa Pro League – Round 2 match

31/08/14 Sporting Clube de Goa v. Dempo Sports Club @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (kick off 4pm)

SC GOA eye victory against Dempo

“We have been progressing well and so have our opponents. The game will be an opportunity to see where each teams stands,” remarked Sporting Clube de Goa Head Coach Oscar Bruzon.
His side gets set to take on Dempo Sports Club in the second round of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Sunday. The kick off time is 4pm.
It was exactly a fortnight back that Dempo managed to scrape past Sporting Goa in the GFA Charity Cup match by a solitary goal, courtesy of Afghan Haroon Amiri’s spot kick.
In the 1st round of the Goa Pro League, the foreigner repeated his party trick as Dempo edged past Vasco Sports Club 1-0 from the penalty spot to claim three valuable points.
Two days later, the Flaming Oranje played out a 1-1 draw with Salgaocar, after India International Victorino Fernandes came off the bench to net the equalizer for the Goan outfit and cancel out Pierre Douhou’s opener for Salgaocar.
Both teams have players away on International duty with the India U-23 camp, which gives other stars in the squad an opportunity to impress and put on a real feast for the fans, in the always entertaining Panjim derby.
“My players have worked well all week, which I have congratulated them for. Now is the time to close it with a big performance on Sunday,” signed off Oscar.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players put on their dancing feet at Duler Stadium.


Salgaocar hold Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Goa’s Victorino (no.14) celebrates with team mates after netting the equalizer.

Sporting Goa’s Victorino (no.14) celebrates with team mates after netting the equalizer.

Salgaocar hold Sporting Clube de Goa  

Super Sub Victorino Fernandes came off the bench to equalize as Sporting Clube de Goa drew 1-1 with Salgaocar Football Club in Gfa’s Goa Pro League, at Duler stadium, Mapusa, on Tuesday. Salgaocar were leading 1-0 at the interval.

Reigning Goa Pro League champions, Sporting Goa took time to find their groove, but when they finally did there was no looking back as Victorino caused all kinds of havoc with his pace.

Salgaocar moved the ball well in the first session and were rewarded when Pierre Douhou beautifully netted into the top corner with a strike from outside the box, just two minutes before the breather.

Changing over Sporting Goa was resilient as they sprayed the ball around positively and patiently. The introduction of Victorino of the bench for the Flaming Oranje increased the tempo.

Within ten minutes of coming on, Victorino did well to intercept a short back pass to the goalkeeper and stole in to bury the ball low for the Sporting Goa equalizer.

Sporting Goa continued to grow in confidence, but could not add to the score line. In the end both teams had to settle for a point each.


Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Pierre Douhou ’43)

Salgaocar FC 1 (Victorino Fernandes ’68)


Sporting Clube de Goa: Melroy Fernandes (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Clemente Joseph, Pablo Zurera Gallardo, Jovel Martins, Ganesh Thakur, Royston D’Souza, Anto Xavier, Velito Cruz, Beevan D’Mello, Mauvin Borges

Yellow cards: Pablo Gallardo ‘90+2

Subs used: (Sumit G. in/ Ganesh out ’39), (Victorino in/ Royston out ‘58), (Stephene in/ Chandrashekar out ‘71)

Subs: Sukhdeb Ghosh, Harpreet Singh, Cresson Antao, Sumit Ghosh, Glan Martins, Stephene Barreto, Victorino Fernandes, Jesus Estrocio.


Salgaocar FC: Karanjit Singh, Augustin Fernandes, Othallo Tabia, Thangjam Singh, Brian Mascarenhas,Gilbert Oliveira, Djidja Pierre Douhou, Pawan Kumar, Rocus Lamare, Myron Borges, Domnic Soares

Yellow cards: Pawan Kumar ’26, Gilbert Oliveira ‘65

Subs used: (Bikash in/ Myron out ’52), (Zakeer in/ Domnic out ‘71), (Aslon in/ Pierre out ’88)

 Subs: Abhijit Das, Umesh Harijan, Karma Tsewang, Nicolau Colaco, Zakeer Mundampara, Bikash Jain, Jason Barbosa, Aslon Oliveira, Klins Mendes


PHOTO: Sporting Goa’s Victorino (no.14) celebrates with team mates after netting the equalizer.

Sporting Clube de Goa visited by AFC inspectors

AFC Officials and AIFF Officials seen along with SCG President Peter Vaz and others.

AFC Officials and AIFF Officials seen along with SCG President Peter Vaz and others.

Sporting Clube de Goa visited by AFC inspectors

Sporting Clube de Goa was visited by AFC inspectors who carried out checks as part of the AFC club licensing criteria, on Tuesday.

The experts took a close look at the training ground facilities at Don Bosco ground, Panjim before heading to the SCG headquarters in Campal to carry out interviews of the staff and coaches.

The criteria which was being assessed was Infrastructure, Sporting, financial, legal and personnel/administrative.

Head of AFC research and support services Steve Kim presented The AFC’s new regulations for participation in AFC competitions. He was accompanied by AFC Manager of Accounts Kevin Org and AFC Head of Club Licensing Mahajan Nair

I-League CEO Sunando Dhar and I-League club licensing manager Roma Khanna were also present on behalf of the Aiff.


PHOTO: (Left to right)

SCG CEO Victor Fernandes, SCG Manager Angelo Albuquerque, SCG President Peter Vaz, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar, Steve Kim (AFC), Kevin Org (AFC), Mahajan Nair (AFC), I-League club licensing Manager Roma Khanna and SCG General Secretary Edward Noronha

Sporting Clube de Goa’s new signings visit Charity

Star players from Sporting Clube de Goa brought along a very special surprise when they paid a community visit to the Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan Orphanage, at Bastora on Monday.
Sporting Clube de Goa recently roped in the highly rated Sesa FA trio comprising of defender Ganesh Thakur, midfielder Glan Martins and forward Olvin Cardozo and they were all present for the visit to the orphanage along with Creson Antao and Pratesh Shirodkar.
The young wards from the shelter were excited as they ran to the vehicles to greet the players. After a brief interaction, the boys performed a small exhibition match.
The game ended goalless and moved to penalties, where the Flaming Oranje stars joined in the fun.
Fr Joe Fernandes and Fr Kim Fernandes who do an admirable job in looking after these happy youngsters were part of the penalty shootout also.
The day continued with refreshments, before the Sporting Goa stars presented the Goa Pro League Winners trophy to the youngsters whose eyes lit up, with delight. “You are all winners”, proclaimed Pratesh, before allowing the children to bask in the glory of lifting the coveted cup, which Sporting Goa had won last season.
“It was a nice feeling to visit these boys,” stated Glan. Team mate Ganesh was equally as excited. “If we can inspire these boys to work hard, it is a positive step,” said Ganesh.
“I joined Sporting Clube de Goa not only for their style of play, but also because the efforts they make to connect with the community in Growing Goa’s Game,” remarked Olvin. In the past year they have developed an academy, adopted Schools, organised grass root tournaments, besides conducting All Goa trials,” added Olvin.
Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes was also present along with, Manager Angelo Albuquerque, General Secretary Edward Noronha and Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar.

PHOTO: SCG players and officials along with members of the Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan shelter

*Sporting Clube de Goa fixture list – GFA Goa Pro League 2014/15

*Sporting Clube de Goa fixture list – GFA Goa Pro League 2014/15
(Matches scheduled to kick off at 4pm)
Round 1
26/08/14 Sporting Clube de Goa v. Salgaocar Football Club @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 2
31/08/14 Sporting Clube de Goa v. Dempo Sports Club @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 3
10/09/14 Sesa Football Academy v. Sporting Clube de Goa @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 4
14/09/14 Sporting Clube de Goa v. Calangute SC @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 5
18/09/14 Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim v. Sporting Clube de Goa @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 6
21/09/14 Sporting Clube de Goa v. Vasco Sports Club @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 7
27/09/14 Sporting Clube de Goa v. Goa Velha Sports Club @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 8
02/10/14 TUFF Laxmi Prasad v. Sporting Clube de Goa @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Round 9
10/10/14 Churchill Brothers SC v. Sporting Clube de Goa @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa


Amiri penalty earns solitary goal win in Charity game

GFA Charity match

A second half penalty from Haroon Amiri earned Dempo Sports Club a 1-0 win over 10-men Sporting Clube de Goa in Gfa’s Charity Cup match, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The match was goalless at the interval.
Sporting Goa had to play the last thirty five minutes with only ten men after Chandrasheker Chinta was sent off after he was adjudged to have pushed Clifford Miranda in the box, although the contact did not look intentional. It was this incident which led to Dempo being awarded a penalty that Haroon calmly slotted home.
Sporting Goa sent out an early warning in the fifteenth minute after Sumit Ghosh rattled the cross bar with a powerful free kick.
At the other end Clifford came close for Dempo, but the Sporting Goa custodian Melroy Fernandes who was in impressive form palmed the ball away. Just before the breather, Melroy pulled off a marvelous double save from Holicharan Nazary.
Changing over Melroy had to be replaced early on through injury, which was a big loss for Sporting Goa.
The game dropped in tempo after Sporting Goa was reduced to ten men. The only clear cut chance was when Dempo’s Holciharan hit the post.
Late on the Flaming Oranje tried to find the equalizer as they used up all of their allotted seven substitutions, but it was not to be as Dempo capitalized on their numerical advantage and held on.
The only consolation for Sporting Goa was when new signing Pablo Gallardo came on to taste the action and looked composed.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo player look to win the aerial ball.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Melroy Fernandes (gk), Ganesh Thakur, Chandrashekar Chinta, Clemente Joseph, Jovel Martins, Sumit Ghosh, Anto Xavier, Velito Cruz, Pratesh Shirodkar (c), Beevan d’Mello, Mauvin Borges

7 Subs used: Pablo Gallardo in/ Ganesh out ’46, Harpreet Singh in/ Beevan out ’57, Alison Fernandes in/ Melroy out ’60, Summet Passi in/ Mauvin out ‘65, Stephene Barreto in/ Jovel out ‘77, Joe Pereira in/ Sumit G. out ’81, Souvik Das in/ Velito out ‘86

1 Yellow card: Sumeet Passi “66,

1 Red card: Chandrashekar Chinta “54

Dempo SC: Laxmikant Kattimani, Samir Naik, Rowlison Rodrigues, Haroon Amiri, Debrata Roy, Peter Carvalho, Romeo Fernandes, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Joy Ferrao, Halicharan Narzary, Clifford Miranda (c)

2 Subs used: Venit Raz in/ Peter Carvalho out “70, Myron in/ Romeo out ‘83

5 Subs not used: Gurpreet Singh, Shallum Pires, Prabir Das, Sahil Tavora, Deryl Endro

2 Yellow cards: Haroon Amiri “55, Laxmikant Kattimani “78

Former Seville star Pablo could make debut in Charity game

Sporting Clube de Goa could unleash new Spanish defender Pablo Gallardo against Dempo Sports Club in the Charity Cup match on Sunday, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa.
After joining the Flaming Oranje from Spanish Segunda B side “Burgos”, the experienced star flew in this week from Spain and is expected to play some part in the game.
The twenty eight year old has represented the U-17 and U-19 Spanish national team where he played alongside Manchester City’s David Silva.
For Sevilla B, he has played with stars such as Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Manchester City’s Jesus Navas. When he was young, Pablo slide tackled former Arsenal hero Jose Antonio Reyes which earned him his reputation as a tenacious tackler.
Pablo is very happy to be playing for Sporting Clube de Goa and is always eager for new challenges. “I was watching a television programme, which included images of the beautiful Taj Mahal and I said to my family that India would be a nice place to visit. Two weeks later I got this opportunity,” remarked Pablo.
Pablo has an interesting superstition which he has carried out throughout his career and that is he starts dressing up from the left side, putting on his left sock before the right and left boot before the right.
Away from the game, Pablo loves to swim and surf and he feels Goa with its peaceful surroundings is an ideal location for him.
Pablo has captained the regional Andalusian team and brings with him strong reliable leadership qualities.
“Recently we have had Spanish defenders Angel Berlanga and then Gonzalo Hinojal Neila who have performed exceptionally well for the club. I welcome Pablo and believe he can also become a fans favourite,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.

Picture: Left to right: Pablo Gallardo, SCG President Peter Vaz and Pablo’s agent Gerardo Piris

Picture: Pablo Gallardo posing in the Sporting Clube de Goa jersey.