Sporting Clube de Goa Eves reclaim All-Goa Hockey crown

CHAMPIONS: SCG WOMEN

Sporting Clube de Goa Eves reclaim All-Goa Hockey crown

Karuna Kankonkar netted the winner as Sporting Clube de Goa Eves defeated Goa Hockey Promoters 1-0 in the final to lift the Goans Hockey Womens league title, which was organised by Goans Hockey, outside Fatorda Stadium, recently.

The league which is now in its fourth edition was previously won by the Sporting Goa Women in the second season.

Sporting Goa’s victory was masterminded by NIS trained Hockey Coach Anthony Vaz, who had put the ladies through their paces all year round. “Full credit has to go to this wonderful bunch of athletes who have dedicated their time to train and improve week in week out,” stated Anthony.

“I hope more is done to encourage women in sports. Hopefully this league will grow with more teams participating and also business houses coming forward to back them,” added Anthony.

Anthony was also appreciative of the Don Bosco High School, Panjim and Our Lady of the Rosary High School, Dona Paula for providing the grounds for practice.

The Sporting Goan stick wizards qualified for the final after topping the North zone starting with a convincing 2-0 win over last year’s winners San Antonio Warriors, with goals from Deepika Gauns and Karuna Kankonkar.

In their second match they overcame Pink Panthers with a similar score line. Andrea Sequeira and Sybyl Fernandes hit the back of the net for the Flaming Oranje Ladies.

In the other game San Antonio ran out 5-0 winners over Pink Panther. Dakshita Naik, Kurtika Shirodkar (2), Stiffy Fernandes, Rakey Naik did the damage.

Sporting Goa topped the North group with 6 points, followed by San Antonio with 3 and Pink Panthers finished last with 0 points.

In the South, Goa Hockey Promoters defeated Navelim Hockey Club by a solitary goal courtesy of a fine strike from Liona Fernandes to make their way into the final.

Sporting Goa received the winner’s trophy at the hands of Chief Guest Cynthia D’souza, former DSYA TSO, Bardez Taluka.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa Eves celebrate winning the Goan Hockey trophy.

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Norde seals victory for Mohun Bagan

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I-LEAGUE

Sehnaj Singh and Sony Norde scored as Mohun Bagan overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 2-0 in the HERO I-League at Barasat Stadium, Kolkata on Saturday. The match was goalless at half time.

Mohun Bagan took the lead midway through the second session when Sehnaj belted a stiff grounder from a 35-yard free kick which sailed under the Sporting Goa wall and flew into the corner of the net.

Mohun Bagan sealed victory twelve minutes from time when Sony used his electric pace to outrun his marker and smash the ball into the goal.

With this victory Mohun Bagan stays top of the table with 38 points from nineteen outings, while the Flaming Oranje remains on 20 points from the same number of games.

Sporting Goa will play Pune FC in the final round of the HERO I-League next weekend, while Mohun Bagan will face Bengaluru FC.

Sporting Clube de Goa and Mohun Bagan all set to thrill in re-match

HERO I-LEAGUE

Seven days after the two teams faced off in Goa, Sporting Clube de Goa and Mohun Bagan will go at it hammer and tongs once again in the HERO I-League at Barasat Stadium, Kolkata, on Saturday. The kick off time is 4.30pm and is being televised live on TEN ACTION.

Since that amazing game where the Flaming Oranje edged to a narrow 2-1 win, title aspirants Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Royal Wahingdoh, while Sporting Goa defeated Shillong Lajong 2-1 in mid-week.

Having not registered a single victory in their opening 13 matches, Sporting Goa have now managed a formidable turnaround, going on a seven match unbeaten run. They will look to continue that good form as they try to firmly cement their place in next season’s I-League with one round still to play.

Mohun Bagan on the other hand are currently top of the table, but are neck and neck on points with rivals Bengaluru and will look for victory to keep the pressure, with the knowledge that they face current Champions Bengaluru FC on the last day of the season.

Sporting Goa will look to their captain Odafa Okolie for continued inspiration. The Nigerian goal machine has come up with the winning goal in the last two matches against Mohun Bagan and Shillong Lajong and has picked up the HERO of the match award in both games also.

Mohun Bagan sensation Sony Norde has been in dazzling form this season and will be hoping to provide the impetus his teams needs to move them closer towards the I-League crown.

Sporting Goa is currently in seventh place with 20 points from eighteen games, while Mohun Bagan is on 35 points from the same number of matches.

PHOTO: Mohun Bagans’ Sony Norde and Sporting Goa’s Odafa Okolie will look to leave their mark on the game.

Sporting Clube de Goa hammer Goa Velha 7-1

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Mauvin Borges netted a fine brace as Sporting Clube de Goa hammered Goa Velha Sports Club 7-1 in Gfa’s Taca Goa U-20 League at Dr Alvaro Remigio Pinto ground, Taleigao on Thursday. Sporting Goa led 3-0 at the change of ends.

Sporting Goa sent out an early warning after just five minutes when Joel Fernandes rattled the cross bar with a power packed shot.

Within ten minutes Joel managed to lay the ball on for Mauvin Borges who dispatched Sporting Goa’s opener with clean precision.

Joel got onto the score sheet after controlling the ball in mid-air and proceeded to take on the goalkeeper, before guiding the ball past the last defender who had crept onto the goal line.

Midway through the half, Sporting Goa’s Allen Fernandes was played one on one with the opposition goalkeeper and he belted his shot early to make it 3-0.

Changing over the game continued to stay one sided as Sporting Goa pumped in four more goals through Mauvin Borges who completed his brace, Kiran Choukashi, Quan Gomes and Joseph Costa.

Goa Velha managed to sneak a consolation goal through Josroy Fernandes which brought a smile to his team mates.

PHOTO: A Sporting Clube de Goa attacker and Goa Velha defender keep a keen eye on the ball.

Sporting Clube de Goa overpower Lajong

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I-LEAGUE

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Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Brandon Fernandes ’70, Odafa Okolie ’83)

Sporting Clube de Goa overpower Lajong

HERO of the match Odafa Okolie netted the winner as Sporting Clube de Goa overpowered Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 in the HERO I-League organized by the AIFF at JN Stadium, Shillong on Wednesday. The match was goalless at the interval.

Sporting Goa took the lead twenty minutes from time when the Shillong Lajong custodian Rehenesh tried to make  a short clearance to his defender, but it was well intercepted by the quick thinking Brandon Fernandes who curved the ball into the net from outside the box for the Flaming Oranje.

Shillong were back on level terms inside four minutes when Brazilian Uilliams Souza Silva spun in a free kick from the right side which took an unusual bounce in front of goal and bobbled over the surprised Sporting Goa goalkeeper Ravi Kumar.

Six minutes from time a beautiful ball from Syrian International Mahmoud Al Amna picked out Captain Odafa Okolie and he kept his cool to slip the ball past the goalkeeper to grab the winner for Sporting Goa.

With this win Sporting Goa move to 20 points from eighteen games, just above Shillong Lajong on head to head who also have 20 points from eighteen matches.

Sporting Clube de Goa and Shillong Lajong lock horns

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I-League

Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Shillong Lajong in the HERO I-League at JN Stadium, Shillong on Wednesday. The kick off time is 4.30pm and the game is live on TEN ACTION.

Sporting Goa is currently on 17 points from seventeen matches, while Shillong are on 20 points from the same number of games.

In their last match the Flaming Oranje overcame title contenders McDowell Mohun Bagan 2-1 to stretch their unbeaten run to six games, after mercurial striker Odafa Okolie netted a second half brace.

Lajong on the other hand overcame Bharat FC 3-1 in their last outing, with their top goal scorer Glen Cornell taking his tally to 13 for the season after netting a second half hat-trick.

Sporting Goa will be missing defenders Sandesh Jhinghan and Chandrashekar Chinta who are both out injured. Trinidad and Tobago striker Anthony Wolfe comes back into the team after serving a one game suspension.

Shillong will be without club captain Aibor Khonjee and Pritam Kumar who are both out injured.

When the two clubs met in March, in Goa the match ended in a 1-1 draw. This game is vitally important for both teams as we come to the business end of the league with only three games left to play.

PHOTO: Shillong Lajong Coach Thangboi Singto and Sporting Clube de Goa Coach Mathew Costa shake hands at the Pre-match press conference, in Shillong.