Sporting Clube de Goa face Bengaluru test



Sporting Clube de Goa will take on current champions Bengaluru FC in round 8 of the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, in Goa on Saturday. The kick off time is 4.30pm.

Sporting Goa are still seeking  their first win of the season having collected just 3 points after six games with three draws and three losses, which has left them currently bottom of the standings.

On the flipside, Bengaluru are currently riding high in fourth place with 10 points, after having won three, drawn one and lost three.

In Sporting Goa’s last game they were held to a 1-1 draw by Pune, despite dominating proceedings. “It has taken us time to find our form, but after the last performance I am sure my players will rise to the occasion against Bengaluru,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Mathew Costa.

Bengaluru were defeated 1-4 by Mohun Bagan in their last league match which ended a three game run of clean sheets. Bengaluru’s defence will be boosted by the return of their tough tackling defender Curtis Osana who was suspended for that tie.

In midweek Bengaluru comfortably overcame Maziya of the Maldives 2-1 in the AFC Cup which did their confidence the world of good. Marquee midfielder Joshua Walker pulled up with a hamstring problem and is set to miss this game.

A whole host of Indian national team probables will be on show, giving them an opportunity to make a final impression on India Coach Stephen Constantine, before the squad is pruned down further.

Five Bengaluru stars, namely Keegan Pereira, Rino Antao, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Sunil Chetri and Robin Singh are on the India seniors list, while Shankar Sampingiraj, Siam Hangal, Udanta Singh are for the U-23 camp.

Sporting Goa defender Sandesh Jhingan has been shortlisted for the Indian senior team probables, while Ravi Kumar, Mauvin Borges, Sumeet Passi and Brandon Fernandes have been called up for the U-23 team camp. Although Brandon is still out injured and is set to miss this game.

The two sides have met four times in the past with Bengaluru winning three games while the other was a draw.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa training ahead of the big game at Don Bosco, Panjim.


Samword’s brace wins it for Salgaocar


GFA U-14 League

Samword Pereira netted a fine brace as Salgaocar FC overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 in Gfa’s U-14 League at Seraulim ground, on Monday. Salgaocar led 3-0 at the lemon break.

Samword opened the scoring after just seven minutes when he volleyed into the net after the ball was whipped in from the right flank by Aaron Barreto.

Within sixty seconds, Salgaocar doubled their lead when Samword tapped in after receiving the ball from Bryson’s Fernandes’ neat cut back.

Just before the break Aaron Barreto carefully lifted the ball over the goalkeeper for Salgaocar’s third.

Changing over, Sporting Goa looked like a team that had completely transformed. In the opening minute, Shubham Shirwaikar showed great intent when he fired in to pull a goal back for the Flaming Oranje.

Despite Sporting Goa’s resilient fight back they could not further add to the score board.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar search for possession at Seraulim.

Salgaocar FC 3 (Samword Pereira ‘7 & ‘8, Aaron Barreto ’33)
Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Shubham Shirwaikar ’37)

Salgaocar FC: Alisto Pinto (GK), Jesus Fernandes, Brison Fernandes, Tyson Silva (C), Cliene Da Costa, Tyson Carvalho, Velton Fernandes, Maldino Rodrigues, Aaron Barreto, Samword Pereira, Aaron Mascarenhas,

Substitutions: (Danston Fernandes in/ Cleine Da Costa out ’68), (Aditya D’Cruz in/ Jesus Fernandes out ’70)

Subs on bench: Leitzen D’Costa, Joaquim Fernandes, Sayed Nafees, Mackenzie Dias, Keegan Colaco, Aditya D’Cruz, Danston Fernandes

Sporting Clube de Goa: Shubham Shirwaikar, Aman Govekar (C), Omkar Parwar, Shane Rebelo, Shanon Viegas, Nikhil Correira, Sanket Kunkolkar, Osrick Trindade, Peter Menezes, Bevan Monteiro, Saiesh Kunkolkar,

Yellow card: (Osrick Trindade ’28)

Substitutions: (Klein Pereira in/ Sanket Kunkolkar out ’50), (Cheston Gonsalves in/ Nikhil Correira out ’62)

Subs on bench: Cheston Gonsalves, Sherwin Fernandes, Ramson Cardoso, Ashley Noronha, Klein Pereira, Jude Baptista

Sporting Clube de Goa and Pune share spoils

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Pune FC 1 (Thongkhosiem Haokip ’53)
Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Victorino Fernandes ’65)

Sporting Clube de Goa and Pune FC drew 1-1 in round 7 of the Hero I-League organised by the AIFF at Balewadi Stadium, Pune on Saturday. The match was goalless at the interval.

It took Thongkhosiem Haokip just nine minutes into the second session to net his 5th goal of the season when he tapped in after Arata Izumi and Nikhil Kadam did the initial spade work.

Sporting Goa piled on the pressure and came up with the equaliser when Victorino Fernandes stayed calm and composed to slot the ball under the Pune custodian, after receiving substitute Beevan D’Mello’s neat pass.

The last fifteen minutes was played at a rejuvenated tempo as both teams searched for the elusive winner, but it was not to be and in the end both sides had to be content with a point apiece.

With this result Pune have accumulated 12 points from seven matches, while Sporting Goa has now collected 3 points from six games.

Pune FC: Amrinder Singh, Luciano Sabrosa, Anas Edathodika, Mathew Gonsalves, Fanai Lalrempuia, Nikhil Kadam, Arata Izumi, Dhanpal Ganesh, Ryuji Seoka, Ishfaq Ahmed, Thongkhosiem Haokip,

Yellow cards: (Arata Izumi ’35)

Substitutions: (Anthony D’Souza in/ Nikhil Kadam out ’74), (Raju Yumnam in/ Ishfaq Ahmed out ‘76), (Prakash Thorat in/ Fanai Lalrempuia ’82)

Subs on bench: A Debnath, M. Lugun, Z. Ralte, S. Ramu, Y. Mangang, P. Thorat, Anthony D’Souza

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Miguel Garcia (C), Rojen Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Jovel Martins, Cajetan Fernandes, Ogba Kalu, Victorino Fernandes, Sumeet Passi, Mauvin Borges, Boima karpeh,

Yellow cards: (Cajetan Fernandes ’27, Boima Karpeh ’41)

Substitutions: (Rowllin Borges in/ Boima Karpeh out ’46), (Beevan D’Mello in/ Sumeet Passi out ‘58), (Anthony Wolfe in/ Victorino Fernandes out ’77)

Subs on bench: (Kamaljit Singh, Chandrashekar Chinta, Joyner Lourenco, Pratesh Shirodkar, Beevan D’Mello, Rowllin Borges, Anthony Wolfe)

Sporting Clube de Goa battle with Pune




Sporting Clube de Goa will battle it out with Pune FC in round 7 of the Hero I-League, organised by the AIFF at Balewadi stadium, Pune on Saturday. The kick off time is 7pm.

Pune are currently second in the standings with 11 points from six games, while Sporting Goa is bottom of the table with 2 points from five outings.

Pune are the highest scorers in the league so far with 12 goals, while Sporting Goa has scored the least with just one to their credit.

Pune’s prolific scoring has come courtesy of Thongkhosiem Haokip who has bagged 4 goals and Montenegrin forward Darko Nikac who has netted three.

Sporting Goa has strikers Boima Karpeh and Victorino Fernandes back to full fitness after injury and both will be looking to get on the score sheet.

The last time the two clubs met was in the Durand Cup Semi final in November, where Pune overcame Sporting Goa 2-1 to progress to the final.

Pune are currently undefeated at home this season and will be looking to continue the progress.

The odds are stacked against Sporting Goa, although it was at this stage last season where the Flaming Oranje dramatically overcame Pune 2-0 in Goa, to end Pune’s unbeaten run in the league. Sporting Goa will be looking to repeat that feat and resurrect their season.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa striker Anthony Wolfe closes in on goal.

Ashley’s brace gives Salgaocar victory


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Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Savelon Cardoza ’33)

Salgaocar FC 3 (Ashley Soares ’27 & ’40, Ashton Rodrigues ’80)

Ashley Soares scored a brace as Salgaocar Football Club edged past Sporting Clube de Goa 3-1 in Gfa’s U-16 League at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Monday. Salgaocar led 2-1 at the lemon break.

Salgaocar took the lead when Ashley headed in from a corner midway through the first half.

The lead lasted barely five minutes as Sporting Goa went on the rampage and pulled back the equaliser through a sweet delicate chip from Savelon Cardozo.

Just before the breather, Salgaocar managed to edge their noses in front again when Ashley caught the Sporting Goa goalkeeper off guard with a sublime lob.

After resumption, Sporting Goa worked hard as a unit to try and get back on level terms but was squeezed out in the final third.

Deep into injury time, against the run of play Salgaocar’s Ashton Rodrigues executed a chip from distance which beat the Flaming Oranje goalkeeper hands down to secure victory for his team.

PHOTO:  A Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar player battle for possession, at Don Bosco, Panjim.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Shibam Sarkar (GK), Jayden Fernandes, Chandan Gupta, Maxwell Fernandes, Kevin Negredo, Savelon Cardozo, Standly Fernandes (C), Dwayne Britto, Allwyn Vaz, Vijay Rathod, Nitant Korane

Substitutions: (Aliston Dias in/Shibam Sarkar out ’HT), (David Cardozo in/Vijay Rathod out ’66), (Lloyd Mascarenhas in/ Nitant Korane out ’73)

Subs on bench: Aliston Dias, Wasim Sheikh, Nikhil Parekh, David Cardozo, Lloyd Mascarenhas, Melbon Pereira




Salgaocar FC: Jwigen Colaco, Jonathan Da Viega, Ashley Soares, Rollwin Almeida, Joston Cardoz, Josbon Fernandes (C), Sadik Shaikh, Aston Rodrigues, Robert Noronha, Pravin Sandodkar, Kartek Dessai

Substitutions: (Allen Fernandes in/ Joston Cardoz out ‘26), (Aliston Coelho in/ Jonathan De Viega out ’76)

Subs on bench: Allen Fernandes, Aliston Coelho, Jude Cardozo, Osbourne Fernandes, Denzil Soares

Royal Wahingdoh cruise to victory

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Sporting Clube de Goa 0

Royal Wahingdoh 2 (Seityasen Singh ‘40, Seong-Yong Kim ‘57)


Royal Wahingdoh overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 in round 6 of the Hero I-League organised by the Aiff at JN Stadium, Shillong on Sunday. Royal Wahingdoh led 1-0 at the interval.

Royal Wahingdoh took the lead five minutes before the breather when Seityasen Singh shot in after getting on the end off a cross from Lallawanzuala.

After resumption Kim Yong Song headed in from close range to double the lead for Royal Wahingdoh.

Royal Wahingdoh have now gone to the top of the league with 13 points from six games, while Sporting Goa stays on 2 points from five matches.

Royal Wahingdoh’s Seityasen Singh was adjudged the Hero man of the match.


Royal Wahingdoh: Prem Singh, Loveday Enyinnaya, Reagan Singh, Lalchawnkima, C. Lallawmzuala, Naoba Singh, Godwin Franco, Seityasen Singh, Densil Theobald, Bekay Bewar, Seong-Yong Kim

Yellow cards: (Loveday Enyinnaya ’53)


Substitutes: (Marlanki Suting in/ Godwin Franco out ’75), (Nagen Tamang in/ Seong-Yong Kim out ’88)

Subs on bench: Nikhil Bernard, Bowari Khongstia, Lalhmangaihsanga, Malsawmtluanga, Milancy Khongstia, Marlangki Suting, Nagen Tamang

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Keenan Almeida, Miguel Garcia, Sandesh Jhingan, Pratesh Shirodkar, Rollwin Borges, Jovel Martins, Ogba Kalu, Boima Karpeh, Mauvin Borges, Anthony Wolfe

Yellow cards: (Anthony Wolfe ’23)

Substitutes: (Beevan D’Mello in/ Pratesh Shirodkar out ’46), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Boima Karpeh out ’62), (Cajetan Fernandes in/ Rowllin Borges out ’65)

Subs on bench: Melroy Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Chandarshekar Chinta, Beevan D’Mello, Cajetan Fernandes, Victorino Fernandes, Sumeet Passi


Sporting Clube de Goa lock horns with Royal Wahingdoh




Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Royal Wahingdoh in a round six match of the Hero I-League organised by the AIFF, at JN Stadium, Shillong on Sunday. The kick off time is 4.30pm.

Sporting Goa have not had the best of starts to the league having collected just 2 points from four matches, after two draws and two losses. In their last match where defenders Sandesh Jhingan and Miguel Garcia made their debuts, they drew 0-0 with Mumbai and are hoping to go one better against Wahingdoh.

New comers, Wahingdoh on the other hand have had a spectacular start to the season and are currently second in the league with 10 points from five matches, after winning their opening three games. In their last match they drew 1-1 with Dempo Sports Club and will now be looking to get back to winning ways. Seityasen Singh who has netted 2 goals in four games is the danger man.

When the two clubs met in the Federation Cup in January, it was Sporting Goa who came  back to win 2-1, after goals from Anthony Wolfe and Biswajeet Saha cancelled out Jackichand Singh’s earlier effort for Wahingdoh.

PHOTO:  (Left to right) Sporting Clube de Goa players Jovel Martins, Keenan Almeida and Victorino Fernandes stretching after a practice session.