Sporting Clube de Goa aim high against Bengaluru FC

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Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Bengaluru FC in the HERO I-League at Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore on Tuesday. The kick off time is 7pm and is being telecast live on Ten Action.

Sporting Goa drew with Shillong Lajong 1-1 on Saturday and then flew out to Bengaluru the following day.

Bengaluru on the other hand sat out the last round and have had a ten day break since their 1-0 victory over Salgaocar. The two clubs met last month where Bengaluru triumphed 3-1, although that was before Sporting Goa strengthened their squad.

Bengaluru are starting the first of three home games on the trot and their Coach Ashley Westwood believes his team are peaking at the right time and wants his players to stay focussed and concentrate.

“Sporting Clube de Goa has improved in the last few weeks. They’ve got two really capable forwards now. They look a rebound side,” remarked the Bengaluru Coach.

“We have been playing some good football. The introduction of Odafa has helped lift our team,” remarked the Sporting Goa Coach Mathew D’Costa.

The other danger man for Sporting Goa is Captain Anthony Wolfe who is currently enjoying a good run in form, netting 3 goals in the last two games which took his tally for the season to 15 in all competitions.

Bengaluru are second in the standings with 17 points from ten matches and will be looking to close in on league leaders Mohun Bagan who are currently enjoying a four point lead and a game in hand.

Sporting Goa is bottom of the table with 5 points from ten matches and a win would see them move above Shillong Lajong who has 7 points from nine games.

When Sporting Goa travelled to Bengaluru last season the game ended in a goalless draw.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa defender Chandrashekar Chinta clears the ball in training.

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Ten men Sporting Goa held by ten men Shillong

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Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Anthony Wolfe ‘4)

Shillong Lajong FC 1 (Cornell Glen ’42)

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Ten men Sporting Clube de Goa was held by ten men Shillong Lajong FC to a 1-1 draw in the Hero I-League, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Saturday. Both goals came in the first half.

Sporting Goa opened the scoring after just four minutes when Odafa Okoli used sublime skill to send a neat through ball for Anthony Wolfe who coolly finished it off with a piercing drive.

Three minutes before the break, Lajong drew level after Cornell Glen who had hit the post earlier, made no mistake with this opportunity to fire in the equaliser.

The second half was just as lively, with Odafa rattling the cross bar with a stinging drive from the edge of the box.

Early in the second half the Shillong Goalkeeper Vishal Kaith received a straight red card for handling the ball outside the box, after Wolfe was through on goal.

In the closing stages, Sporting Goa defender Joyner Lourenco saw red after receiving his second caution of the game for a reckless tackle.

The Flaming Oranje through everything at their opponents and deserved to win, but could not find the breakthrough.

Sporting Goa striker Odafa Oneyka Okoli was adjudged the Hero man of the match.

 

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Mahmoud AlAmna, Anthony Wolfe (C), Odafa Okoli, Jovel Martins, Pratesh Shirodkar, Mauvin Borges, Rojen Singh, Cajetan Fernandes, Miguel Garcia, Joyner Lourenco

Red card: (Joyner Lourenco ‘25 & ‘78)

Yellow card: (Anthony Wolfe ’41)

 

Substitutions: (Victorino Fernandes in / Mauvin Borges out ’44), Rowllin Borges in/ Mahmoud Al Amna out ’64), (Marcus Mascarenhas in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ‘72)

 

Subs on bench: Creson Antao, Victorino Fernandes, Chandrashekar Chinta, Rowllin Borges, Kamaljit Singh, Marcus Mascarenhas, Alber Gonsalves,

 

Shillong Lajong FC: Aibor Khongjee (C), Nim Dorjee Tamang, Minchol Son, David Nghaite, Cornell Glen, Joseph Lalfakzuala, Boithang Haokip, Robin Gurung, Penn Orji, Vishal Kaith (GK), Uilliams Silva

Red card: (Vishal Kaith ’51)

Yellow card: (Boithang Haokip ’29)

 

Substitutions: (Kunzang Bhutia in/ David Nghaite out ’52), (Zodingliana Ralte in/ Uilliams Silva ’66), (Durga Boro in/ Joseph Lalfakzuala out ’76)

Subs on bench: Kunzang Bhutia (GK), Rupert Nongrum, Ongnam Milan Singh, Durga Boro, Zodingliana Ralte, Jibon Singh, Samuel Shadap

 

 

Sporting Clube de Goa and Shillong Lajong do battle in crucial tie

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Sporting Clube de Goa will look to move onwards and upwards when they take on Shillong Lajong FC in the HERO I-league, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, in Goa, on Saturday. The kick off time is 7pm.
The Flaming Oranje has collected 4 points from nine games, while Shillong have 6 points from eight outings and are also eyeing victory in this encounter.
Sporting Goa believes that they are much better than where they are presently placed on the league table and will strive to prove it by getting the 3 points which are up for grabs on Saturday.
The Goan outfit rallied the troops just seven days back when they held Kingfisher East Bengal to a 2-2 draw after coming back from two goals down to rescue a valuable point. This has done their confidence the world of good and they will now be looking to build on that performance.
Shillong on the other hand sat out the last round. In their last game before the International break they were handed a 1-2 defeat by Salgaocar at the same venue.
The danger man for the North-East outfit is their marquee player Trinidad and Tobago forward Cornell Glen who has found the back of the net six times so far.
Sporting Goa’s marquee striker Anthony Wolfe who also hails from Trinidad and Tobago will look to add to his tally of 3 goals.
Both players will put their friendship on hold for 90 minutes as they search for success for their respective teams.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Harpreet Singh looks to get past Anthony Wolfe in training.

Wolfe’s brace cancels out Ranti’s brace on Super Saturday

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Wolfe’s brace cancels out Ranti’s brace on Super Saturday

Kingfisher East Bengal 2 (Ranti Martins ’31 & ’60)
Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Anthony Wolfe ‘64 & ‘77)

Man of the match, Anthony Wolfe netted a second half brace as Sporting Clube de Goa drew 2-2 with Kingfisher East Bengal in an entertaining HERO I-League encounter, at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata on Saturday. East Bengal led 1-0 at the interval through the boot of the I-League’s current top goal scorer Ranti Martins.

East Bengal took the lead on the half hour mark, when Milan Susak played an ambitious long ball forward from the defence which picked out Ranti Martins and he wonderfully controlled it before blasting into the back of the net.

East Bengal made a double substitution at half time bringing on Arnab Mondal and Harmanjot Khabra in place of Mohammed Rafique and Raju Gaikwad who had picked up a yellow card just before the breather. Sporting Goa also made a change, bringing in Victorino Fernandes for Beevan D’Mello.

Sporting Goa started to dominate early on but it was East Bengal who increased their lead after Ranti Martins curled in a beautiful free kick from the edge of the box, to score his second of the game and his twelfth of the season.

Sporting Goa made a substitution bringing on new signing Marcus Mascarenhas for another debutant Mahmoud Al Amnah. They now had fresh legs on either wing with Victorino and Marcus who provided plenty of pace to put their opponents on the back foot.

Sporting Goa continued to pile on the pressure and was rewarded when a looping ball fell nicely in the danger area for Anthony Wolfe to take a snap shot and it got a slight touch of an East Bengal defender before entering the net.

Sporting Goa carried on growing in confidence and probing further afield. Odafa who was being marked tightly, managed to find some space and his cross was met by Victorino whose shot looked like it was entering the net, before Wolfe tapped it in on the goal line to make sure and draw the Flaming Oranje level.

In the closing exchanges, Sporting Goa continued to maraud forward but could not find the winner and in the end both teams had to be content with a point each.

Sporting Goa has now collected 4 points from nine outings while East Bengal move up to 13 points from eight matches.

PHOTO: Anthony Wolfe was the Hero man of the match after scoring a brace.

Kingfisher East Bengal: Abhijit Mondal (GK), Robert Lalthlamuana, Raju Gaikwad, Deepak Mondal, Shylo Malsawmatlulanga, Milan Susak, Lalrindika Ralte, Mohammed Rafique, Mehtab Hossain, Dudu Omagbemi, Ranti Martins
Yellow cards: (Raju Gaikwad ’45)

Substitutions: (Harmonjat Khabra in/ Raju Gaikwad out ’46), (Arnab Mondal in/ Mohammed Rafique out ‘46), (Sukwinder Singh in/ Deepak Mondal out ‘70)

Subs on bench: Subhashish Chowdhury, Gurwinder Singh, Arnab Mondal, Sukhwinder Singh, Harmanjot Khabra, Leonidas Bertos, Cavin Lobo

Sporting Clube de Goa: Lalit Thapa (GK), Miguel Garcia, Rojen Singh, Joyner Lourenco, Cajetan Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Mahmoud Al Amna, Jovel Martins, Beevan D’Mello, Odafa Okolie, Anthony Wolfe (C)

Substitutions: (Victorino Fernandes in/ Beevan D’Mello out ‘46), (Marcus Mascarenhas/ Mahmoud Al Amna ’62), (Rowllin Borges in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ‘72)

Subs on bench: Kamaljit Singh, Creson Antao, Chandarshekar Chinta, Rowllin Borges, Alber Gonsalves, Marcus Mascarenhas, Victorino Fernandes

Odafa to debut as Sporting Clube de Goa take on East Bengal

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A new look Sporting Clube de Goa will be hoping to turn the tide when they take on Kingfisher East Bengal in round 12 of the HERO I-League organised by the AIFF at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium, Kolkata on Saturday. The kick off time is 4.30pm and is being screened live on Ten Action.

The mood in the Sporting Goa camp has changed since the arrival of the new signings. Nigerian Striker Odafa Oneyka Okoli is expected to make his debut for the Flaming Oranje along with Syrian International midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna.

Local players Marcus Mascarenhas, Alber Gonsalves and Glan Martins have also been registered and it will be interesting to see if Coach Mathew D’Costa utilises them.

Sporting Goa will be without the services of goalkeeper Ravi Kumar, defender Sandesh Jhingan and striker Sumeet Passi who are away on International duty with the India U-23 team.

While Sporting Goa has enjoyed a nice two week break to recover, replenish and restructure, East Bengal have been busy in the AFC Cup.

They recently lost to Singapore outfit Balestier Khalsa 1-2 and drew with Hong Kong champions Kitchee 1-1.

East Bengal’s biggest threat comes from the I-League’s current top goal scorer Ranti Martins who has netted an awe-inspiring 10 goals from seven games for the Red and Gold.

East Bengal is currently 5th in the standings with 12 points from seven outings, while Sporting Goa is currently bottom with 3 points from eight matches.

So will Odafa or Ranti prove to be the match winner for their respective side is anybody’s guess? One thing is for sure when you add former Sporting Goa Hero Dudu Omagbemi in to the equation for East Bengal there is certain to be a lot of fireworks and a game really not worth missing.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players stretch after a practice session.

Sporting Clube de Goa sign up Marcus and Mahmoud

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Sporting Clube de Goa sign up Marcus and Mahmoud

Ahead of the second phase of the I-League, Sporting Clube de Goa have increased their attacking options with the timely signings of Goan striker Marcus Mascarenhas and Syrian International midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna, in Panjim on Thursday.

Both players boarded the flight to Kolkata where the Flaming Oranje faces a crucial game against Kingfisher East Bengal on Saturday.

Marcus was a key member of the Goa Santosh trophy team that lifted the cup in 2009 where he scored half a dozen goals, including a hat-trick against Maharashtra which helped the state progress to the semi-finals.

The twenty eight year old played for Laxmi Prasad in the Goa Pro League this season. Previously he was with Salgaocar FC for four years after joining from Sesa FA where he had an impressive two year stint earlier.

Marcus started his youth career with Salcete FC and also represented them in the GFA second division.

“Sporting Clube de Goa is an institution I have respected for a very long time. Many Goan players have made their careers here,” stated Marcus.

Mahmoud is an attacking midfielder with vast international experience, having been capped 78 times for his country Syria and has scored on 23 occasions.  He is not new to India as he has played in the Nehru Cup.

Apart from successful seasons with Al-Ittihad the champion club of Syria, the 32 year old has had playing stints with top clubs in Iran and Iraq before finishing of last season with Malysian Super League side Sime Darby where he played 26 matches and scored six goals.

“This is an exciting time in my career. I have heard many good things about the club from friends and I want to be part of the clubs history,” remarked Mahmoud.

“Mahmoud is a creative midfielder and will increase our scoring opportunities, while Marcus has got speed and is a lethal finisher,” explained Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.

PHOTO: (Left to right) Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz unveiling new signings Mahmoud Al Amna and Marcus Mascarenhas.

Sporting Clube de Goa register Alber and Glan

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Sporting Clube de Goa register Alber and Glan

Sporting Clube de Goa have injected some young Goan blood into their squad after registering Alber Gonsalves and Glan Martins for the second phase of the I-League, in Panjim, on Tuesday.

After joining from Sesa Football Academy in the summer, the twenty year old Glan made four appearances for the Flaming Oranje in the Goa Pro League. After suffering an injury Glan worked hard in training to force his way back in to the Coaches plans.

“Glan is a good defensive midfield player, who has the ability to win the ball and unlock opposing defences with his ball distribution,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa Head Coach Mathew D’Costa.

Alber who turns twenty five this month, netted five times for Sesa Football Academy in the first round (nine matches) of the Goa Pro League, which caught the attention of the Sporting Goa management. He has been training with the club for the last three months and has shown promise.

“Alber is most constructive on the wing, where he can use his pace to burst forward and cross or is equally dangerous cutting in and having a shot at goal,” explained Mathew.

PHOTO: (Left to right) SCG Head Coach Mathew D’Costa, Alber Gonsalves, Glan Martins and Clifford Chukwuma.