GFA U-18 League
Ten men Sporting Clube de Goa comfortably breezed past Dempo Sports Club 2-1 in Gfa’s U-18 League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.
It was a thoroughly deserved victory for the Flaming Oranje Juniors as they stuck to the plan of their Coach Mahesh Lotlikar. Sporting Goa combined well at the back and also penetrated their opponents defence with some swift counter attack play.
Sporting Goa raced into the lead after a quarter of an hour when a superb through ball was played forward for Harshed Naik who managed to beat the rival goalkeeper to the ball with his pace and bury it into an empty net.
After resumption, Sporting Goa continued to attack with real determination and was rewarded when Captain Akeraj Martins blasted in to double the lead.
Deep into injury time, Vineet Bugde curled a spectacular free kick into the back of the net for Dempo to set up an exciting finale to the Panjim derby.
Sporting Goa’s Joaquim Cardoza was sent off in the closing stages for a reckless tackle.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Harshed Naik (no.7) celebrates after scoring the opener.
GFA U-18 League
Sesa Football Academy overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in Gfa’s U-18 League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Friday.
Sporting Clube de Goa was held to a 1-1 draw by Mumbai FC in the HERO I-League at PJN stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the break.
Sporting Goa suffered an early set back after Captain Odafa Okoli had to be substituted after pulling up with a groin after just seven minutes.
It did not take the Flaming Oranje long to find their feet. After good build up play, Pratesh Shirodkar sent in a perfect chip for Alber Gonsalves to nod into the back of the net to give Sporting Goa the lead.
In the second session, Mumbai crawled their way back into contention when Clemente Joseph headed the ball into his own net from a dangerous free kick.
Sporting Goa continued to dominate and nearly found the winner. Brandon Fernandes had two golden opportunities, while Anthony Wolfe hit the post and moments later headed just over the bar from close range.
Sporting Clube de Goa midfielder Pratesh Shirodkar was adjudged the HERO of the match.
Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Mumbai FC in the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, Goa, on Wednesday. The kick off time is 4.30pm.
In their last match Sporting Goa overcame Salgaocar FC with a convincing 2-0 display. Mumbai on the other hand earned a well deserved point after holding Kingfisher East Bengal to a 1-1 draw, away from home.
Sporting Goa Coach Mathew D’Costa is hoping to build on the last performance. “The whole team played their part in the win. I was extremely pleased with the wing play of youngsters Brandon Fernandes and Alber Gonsalves,” remarked Mathew.
With just six fixtures left to play, it’s a crucial game for both sides as a resurgent Sporting Goa is currently on 10 points from fourteen matches, while Mumbai is on 14 points from fourteen outings.
When the two sides met earlier in the season at the Cooperage Stadium, the match ended in a goalless draw.
Mumbai midfielders Paresh Shivalkar and the Japanese Taisuke are expected to miss out through injury.
GFA U-18 League
Sporting Clube de Goa defeated Sesa Football Academy 2-1 in Gfa’s U-18 League at Sanquelim ground, on Tuesday.
HERO I-League Full time result:
Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Odafa Okoli ’11, Brandon Fernandes ’60)
Salgaocar FC 0
Sporting Clube de Goa recorded their first victory of the season after overcoming Salgaocar Football Club 2-0 in the HERO I-League, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the breather.
Sporting Goa opened the scoring after just eleven minutes when Anthony Wolfe unselfishly squared the ball for Odafa Okoli to pounce and fire home the opener.
Changing over, the Flaming Oranje continued to dominate with swift counter attacks forward. In the 60th minute local lad Brandon Fernandes hit a blistering shot which took a slight deflection of a Salgaocar defender before entering the net to double Sporting Goa’s lead.
Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Salgaocar FC in the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday. The kick off time is 7pm. The match is being televised live on Ten Action.
In their last match Sporting Goa were held to a goalless draw by high flying Royal Wahingdoh. Salgaocar on the other hand were defeated 0-1 by Pune FC.
Sporting Goa is currently on 7 points from thirteen matches, while Salgaocar are on 14 points from twelve games.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa Coach Mathew D’Costa instructs his players during practice, at Don Bosco, Panjim.