Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo meet in FED CUP

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Federation Cup

In an all-Goan derby, Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo Sports Club will meet in a group “A” match of the 36th Federation Cup organised by the AIFF at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Thursday. The kick off time is 7pm.

Dempo are on a high after defeating the mighty Kingfisher East Bengal 1-0 in their opening game courtesy of a Romeo Fernandes goal, which earned them the full three points.

Sporting Goa on the hand was dealt a nasty blow as they were defeated 0-1 at the hands of Mumbai FC and will now be looking to regroup and get back in the reckoning as they attempt to progress further.

When the two clubs met in the Goa Pro League this season, the match was tied 1-1. Joy Ferrao had scored for Dempo, while Victorino Fernandes came up with a timely equaliser for the Flaming Oranje that afternoon.

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

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Sampath secures victory for Mumbai

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Federation Cup

Mumbai FC 1 (Sampath Kuttymani ‘45+2)

Sporting Clube de Goa 0

Sampath Kuttymani netted as Mumbai FC narrowly overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in the Aiff’s Federation Cup match, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Tuesday. Mumbai led 1-0 at the breather.
Mumbai started the strongest in the first ten minutes, with raids down the flanks. Sporting Goa soon started to find their groove and dominate possession. Rowllin Borges and Mauvin Borges came close to giving the Flaming Oranje the lead, but the Mumbai custodian came to his teams rescue on both occasions.
Deep into injury time of the first half, Mumbai surged ahead after Sampath headed in from a cross which was swung in from the right side.
Changing over, Sporting Goa tried to find the equalizer but it eluded them as Mumbai defended resiliently.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Sumeet Passi and Mumbai’s Chika Wali jump for an aerial ball.

Mumbai FC: Kunal Sawant(GK), Chika Wali , Justin Stephen , Ashutosh Mehta, Climax Lawrence(C), Sampath Kuttymani, Josimar Da Silva Martins, Taisuke Matsugae, Mohammed Rafi, Rahul Bheke, Jayesh Rane

Yellow cards: (Ashutosh Mehta ’24, Justin Stephen ’31)

Substitutions: (Dane Pereira in/ Mohammed Rafi out ‘64)

Subs on bench: Reisangmei Vashum, Nidhin Lal A.C, Pradeep Mohanraj, Kali Allaudeen, Amoes, Dane Pereira, Rohit Mirza, Cletus Paul

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar(GK), Ogba Kalu, Anthony  Wolfe, Jovel Martins, Mauvin Borges, Sumeet Passi, Cajetan Fernandes, Rowllin Borges(C), Clemente Joseph, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae

Yellow cards: (Cajetan Fernandes ‘7, Joyner Lourenco ’18, Jovel Martins ‘47)

Substitutions: (Victorino Fernandes in/ Sumeet Passi out ‘46), (Beevan D’Mello in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ‘69), (Velito Cruz in/ Jovel Martins out ’84)

Subs on bench: Don Fernandes, Biswajit Saha, Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes, Rojen Singh, Chandrashekar Chinta, Sandip Nandy, Velito Cruz, Royston D’souza

Sporting Clube de Goa kick off Fed Cup campaign

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Sporting Clube de Goa kick off Fed Cup campaign

Sporting Clube de Goa will kick off their Federation Cup campaign against Mumbai Football Club at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Tuesday. The kick off time is 7pm.

Sporting Clube de Goa squad for Federation Cup:

Ravi Kumar, Sandip Nandy (Goalkeepers)

Joyner Lourenco, Rojen Singam, Joseph Clemente, Kofi Dankwae, Jovel Martins, Biswajit Saha, Chandrashekar Chinta, Don Fernandes (Defenders)

Mauvin Borges, Velito Cruz, Rowllin Borges,  Kalu Ogba,  Cajetan Fernandes, Royston D’Souza, Beevan D’Mello, (Midfielders)

Anthony Wolfe, Victorino Fernandes, Sumeet Passi, (Forwards)

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players in training on the eve of the game, at Don Bosco Panjim

Dempo hold Sporting Clube de Goa to goalless draw

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U-19 I-League

Dempo Sports Club 0 – Sporting Clube de Goa 0

In a fierce Panjim derby, Sporting Clube de Goa was held to a goalless draw by Dempo Sports Club in the Aiff’s U-19 I-League at Sesa ground, Sirsaim, on Monday.

Sporting Goa created half a dozen great chances in each half but failed to capitilise. Dempo custodian Alison Fernandes who recently joined from the Flaming Oranje came to his sides rescue on a number of occasions.

Sumit Ghosh could have easily had a hat-trick in the first half. He hit the cross bar with a rasping free kick and moments later should have done much better with his shot after Akeraj Martins and James Fernandes did the initial spade work. Sumit was then unlucky when he saw his header from a free kick trickle just past the post.

James Fernandes could have also netted a hat-trick for Sporting Goa. He saw his volley from Quan Gomes’ cross beam just past the post.

In the second session, James was guilty of missing a sitter from handshaking distance and as the game progressed his powerful shot was pushed on to the post by the Dempo goalkeeper.

In the closing stages, Dempo started to turn the tables with some quick attacks going forward. Vinit Bugde nearly broke the deadlock when his cross turned shot had the Sporting Goa flapping to turn the ball away to safety. At the death, Vinit’s stinging volley was just wide of the mark.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo player battle for the ball, at Sirsaim.

Dempo Sports Club: Alison Fernandes (GK), Joyson d’Souza, Madhu Mandrekar, Octavio Miranda, Vinit Bugde, Kapil Hoble, Jayson Lucas, Suraj Hadkonkar, Aaron Rodrigues (C), Ashley Rodrigues, Paras Devlkar

Yellow Cards: (Suraj Hadkonkar ’81)

Substitutions: (Manuel Fernandes in/ Austin Fernandes out ‘48), (Floyd Fernandes in/ Akeraj Martins out ‘64), (Jonathan Cardozo in/ James Fernandes out ’87)
Subs on bench: Rohit Maulingkar, Shubham Morajkar, Alwyn D’Souza, Nathan Fernandes, Macedonia Colaco, Nikesh Mangueshkar, Yogesh Gauns

Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Souvik Das (C), Ganesh Thakur, Jesus Estrocio, Akeraj Martins, Olan Chandran, Austin Fernandes, Quan Gomes, James Fernandes, Sumit Ghosh, Jarmanjit Singh

Yellow Cards: (Souvik Das ‘45+2)

Substitutions: (Yogesh Gauns in/ Madhu Mandrekar out ’75, (Alwyn D’souza in/ Paras Devlkar out ’85)

Subs on bench: Sherwin Da Cunha, Manuel Fernandes, Gautam Dias, Jonathan Cardozo, Floyd Fernandes, Shawyn Fernandes

Nandy and Saha sign for Sporting Clube de Goa

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Nandy and Saha sign for Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa reinforced their squad ahead of their opening Federation Cup match, by signing experienced goalkeeper Sandip Nandy and left wing back Biswajit Saha, at the SCG Headquarters in Panjim on Sunday.

Biswajit joined from Atletico de Kolkata with whom he helped win the ISL tournament, while Sandip was part of the Kerala Blasters side which finished as runners up in the same competition.

Despite tasting glory recently, Biswajit is very hungry to do well and is willing to put in the hard work and discipline needed to hold down a first team place.

“I came to Sporting Clube de Goa because of the fantastic facilities and I am fully motivated to succeed here,” remarked the 27 year old Biswajit.

Former India International, Sandip turns 40 next month and believes he has a lot more to offer. He has played in the Indian national league since 1999, representing a whole host of top Indian clubs along the way.

“I wanted to play for an ambitious club and I am very happy to have joined Sporting Clube de Goa,” stated Sandip.

PHOTO: (Left to right) Sandip Nandy and Biswajit Saha at the SCG training ground, in Panjim on Sunday

Ogba Kalu rejoins Sporting Clube de Goa

Ogba Kalu rejoins Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa has completed their four foreigner quota after Nigerian Midfielder Ogba Kalu rejoined the club at the SCG Headquarters, in Panjim on Saturday.

Kalu had initially signed for the Flaming Oranje in 2011 and completed three fruitful seasons, where he finished as the club’s top goal scorer on two occasions.

With the Federation Cup about to kick off, Sporting Goa moved swiftly to extend his stay in the Goan capital and utilize his valuable experience as a role model for the young talented players to learn from.

Kalu joins Anthony Wolfe (Trinidad & Tobago International), Boima Karpeh (Australia) and Kofi Dankwae (Niger) as the foreign contingency.

“It feels great to be back,” remarked a smiling Ogba Kalu during a tough training session.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Nigerian Ogba Kalu returns

Kamalpreet and Robinson star for Aiff Elite Academy

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AIFF Elite Academy 2 (Kamalpreet Singh ’15, Robinson Singh ’81)

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U-19 I-LEAGUE

The AIFF Elite Academy narrowly edged past Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 in the Aiff’s U-19 I-League at Cuncolim ground, on Tuesday. The Aiff led 1-0 at the lemon break.

In the 14th minute the Aiff surged ahead after the ball was relayed from the left flank for Kamalpreet Singh who had quietly made his way to the back post to head the ball into the far corner.
After resumption, Robinson Singh who had earlier rattled the cross bar doubled the Aiff’s lead with an unstoppable volley from outside the box.
Sporting Goa had their chances to come back into the game, but the Aiff custodian managed to smother the danger. The best chance fell to Mauvin Borges whose volley was palmed away to safety.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa and AIFF Academy player challenge for the ball.

AIFF Elite Academy: Arshdeep Singh (GK), Shahbaaz Khan, Nishu Kumar, Sajid Dhot, Sarthak Golvi, Robinson Singh, Hayden Fernandes, Daniel Lalhlimpuia (C), Milan Basumatary, Rakesh Oram, Kamalpreet Singh

Yellow cards: (Rakesh Oram ’27)

Substitutions: (Suman Sarkar in/ Kamalpreet Singh out ’70), (Prasanth K. In/ Rakesh Oram out ’75), (Japes Singh in/ Milan Basumatary out ’83)

Subs on bench: Gursimrat Singh Gill, Prasanth K., Malswamzuala, Kapil Boro, Suman Sarkar, Japes Singh, Swastik Mukherjee

Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (GK), Ganesh Thakur, Jarmanjit Singh, Olan Chandran, Benedicto Dias, Sumit Ghosh, Souvik Das, Quan Gomes, Manuel Fernandes, Floyd Fernandes, Mauvin Borges (C)

Yellow cards: (Benedicto Dias ’59, Sumit Ghosh ’85, Jarmanjit Singh ’88, Ganesh Thakur ’89)

Substitutions: (James Fernandes in/ Quan Gomes out ’36), (Akeraj Martins in/ Floyd Fernandes out ’57), (Sadik Ingalgundi in/ Benedicto Dias out ’69)

Subs on bench: Sherwin Da Cunha, Allen Fernandes, Shawyn Fernandes, Austin Fernandes, James Fernandes, Akeraj, Martins, Sadik Ingalgundi