Pune FC move into Durand finals

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Boima Karpeh uses his pace gets to the ball first.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Boima Karpeh uses his pace gets to the ball first.


Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Boima Karpeh ’23)

Pune FC 2 (Bineesh Balan ’20, Ryuji Sueoka ’62)

Pune FC scraped past Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 in the Semi-finals of the 127th edition of the Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground, on Thursday. The match was tied 1-1 at the interval.
Pune FC took a shock lead in the 20th minute when the ball was crossed from the right flank to Bineesh Balan who took one of his trade mark strikes to silence the large home crowd.
It did not take long for Sporting Goa to find a way back into the game when Captain Boima Karpeh timed his run to perfection to beat the Pune offside trap and equalize for the Flaming Oranje.
The second session was equally as exciting and there were fantastic chances at both ends. Pune took their opportunity when they won a free kick on the edge of the box and Ryuji Sueoka curled the ball into the back of the net to regain the lead for his side.
In the closing stages, Sporting Goa had a wonderful moment to level when substitute Victorino Fernandes was sent sprawling to the ground in the box. Anthony Wolfe stepped up for the Flaming Oranje but his spot kick was heroically saved by the Pune custodian.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Roystan D’souza looks to bring the ball under control

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Roystan D’souza looks to bring the ball under control

Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Joyner Lourenco, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza, Cajetan Fernandes, Mauvin Borges, Boima Karpeh (c), Anthony Wolfe, Cresson Antao, Velito Cruz

Yellow Cards: (Anthony Wolfe ‘9, Boima Karpeh ’56, Clemente Joseph ‘61)

Substitutions: (Beevan D’Mello in/ Royston D’Souza out ’66), (Victorino in/ Mauvin Borges out ’71), (Jovel Martins in/ Velito Cruz ’80)

Subs on bench: Ravi Kumar (gk), Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victorino Fernandes, Beevan D’Mello, Rojen Singh, Sumeet Passi

Pune FC: Luciano Sabrosa, Mathew Gonsalves, Amrinder (gk), Bineesh Balan, Arata Izumi (c), Sueoka Ryuji, Ganesh Dhanpal, Prakash Thorat, Salam Ranjan Singh, Srikanth Ramu, Fanai Lalrempuia,

Yellow cards: (Ganesh Dhanpal ‘6, Bineesh Balan ’66)

Substitutions: (Zhomingliana Ralte in/ Srikanth Ramu out ’55), (Mumtaz Akhtar in/ Fanai Lalrempuia out ’87), (Eric Brown in/ Sueoka Ryuji out ‘90+5)

Subs on bench: Shoaib Syed, Moniruzzman Anasari (gk), Eric Brown, Zhomingliana Ralte, Arup Debnath (gk), Mumtaz Akhtar, Haokip Thongkhosiem


Sporting Clube de Goa clash with Pune in Durand Semi’s


The battle royal continues as Sporting Clube de Goa take on Pune FC in the second Semi-final of the Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground, on Thursday. The kick off time is 3pm and entry is free.
Sporting Clube de Goa qualified for the Semi finals after defeating United Sports Club 3-2 and Air India 4-1, which propelled them to the top of group B with 6 points.
Pune defeated Churchill Brothers 3-0 and Vasco Sports Club 1-0 to top group D with 6 points and will be looking to continue their good form against Goan opposition.
Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon watched Pune play against Vasco and came back to the training ground with a 12-point program for his players to follow for success, as they look to unravel the chinks in their opponents armour.
“You have to be in love with the pass and the breaking move, just as a husband and wife come together to marry,” instructed Oscar during a light practice session on the eve of the big game.
Oscar has come up against Pune three times and remains unbeaten against the Red Lizards. Last season in the I-League Sporting Goa defeated Pune 2-0 with Victorino Fernandes and Pratesh Shirodkar scoring to end Pune’s long unbeaten run in the league. In the away leg, Beevan D’Mello scored with a splendid strike for the Flaming Oranje as the teams drew 1-1.
“If everybody is dancing the same dance, then we will come out on top,” remarked Oscar, addressing his players after practice.
Sporting Goa Captain Boima Karpeh who has netted three goals in the competition so far will be playing against his former club, while Sporting Goa’s former Captain Mathew Gonsalves is set to make an emotional return with Pune, after leaving the Flaming Oranje in the summer after nearly a decade with the Goan club.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa defender Joseph Clemente looks to get past Rowllin Borges.

Sporting Clube de Goa hammer Air India to move into Semi’s

 Mauvin Borges bursts forward for Sporting Clube de Goa

Mauvin Borges bursts forward for Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa: GROWING GOA’S GAME!

Durand Cup

Sporting Clube de Goa 4 (Boima Karpeh ’15, Cajetan Fernandes ’28, Clemente Joseph ‘45+2, Anthony Wolfe ’64)
Air India 1 (Neil Gaikwad ’71)

Courageous Sporting Clube de Goa moved into the semi-finals after hammering Air India 4-1 in the final group B match of the Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground, on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sporting Goa led 3-0 at the interval.
Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon made two changes to the starting line up from the previous game. Cresson Antao came into the defence in place of Keenan Almeida, while local boy Velito Cruz was drafted into the midfield to fill the boots of Rowllin Borges.
Sporting Goa surged ahead inside the first fifteen minutes after Anthony Wolfe was sent crashing to the ground inside the box. Captain Boima Karpeh stepped up to place home the resulting penalty for the Flaming Oranje.
Sporting Goa started to dominate proceedings and it was not too long before they doubled their lead when Cajetan Fernandes tapped in a rebound after Anthony Wolfe’s stinging drive was parried by the Air India goalkeeper.
Just before the lemon break, Joseph Clemente produced a moment of magic as he struck an absolute gem of a shot from 30 yards which looped in over the goalkeeper’s head and sent the surprised crowd into raptures.
Post resumption, Sporting Goa continued where they left off by switching the attack from flank to flank. Sporting Goa’s Anthony Wolfe who was looking menacing all game, sprung up to slot in the fourth to put the Goan outfit in a commanding position.
In the closing stages, Air India came up with a deserving goal through substitute Neil Gaikwad, but it proved nothing more than a consolation for his side.

PHOTO: Mauvin Borges bursts forward for Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Joyner Lourenco, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’souza, Cajetan Fernandes, Mauvin Borges, Boima Karpeh (c), Anthony Wolfe, Cresson Antao, Velito Cruz,

Substitutions: (Joseph Pereira in/ Mauvin Borges out “60), Victorino Fernandes in/ Boima Karpeh out ’72, Jovel Martins in/ Chandrashekar Chinta ’77)

Subs bench: Ravi kumar, Jovel Martins, Joseph Pereira, Keenan Almeida, Rowllin Borges, Victorino Fernandes, Beevan D’Mello

Air India: Baldeep Singh, Faisal T, Santosh Koli, Vijith Shetty (c), Siddarth Nayak, Rahul Chedha (gk), Vishnu T, Onkar Singh, Anees K, Mervin F Stephen, Pravin Jadhav

Substitutions: (Wayne Vaz in/ Onkar Singh out ’46, Nikhil Poojary in/ Santosh Koli out ‘46, Neil Gaikwad in/ Pravin Jadhav out ‘67)

Subs bench: Nikhil Poojary, Yogesh Rawat, Sagar Chile, Wayne Vaz, Neil Gaikwad, Vian Joseph, T Jonychand Singh

Sporting Clube de Goa look to qualify for Semi’s


Sporting Clube de Goa
will look to qualify for the semi-finals when they take on Air India in the final match in group B, of the Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground, Goa, on Sunday. The kick off time is 3.45pm and entry is free.
Sporting Goa won their opening match against United Sports Club 3-2. In the other match United Sports Club defeated Air India 2-1. Only one team from each group qualifies for a semi-final berth.
Sporting Goa would only need a draw to qualify for the semi-finals, while Air India would need to win by a two goal margin to qualify and prevent USC’s chances of progressing.
With all three teams still in contention for moving into the next round this final group game will be watched with keen interest.
Despite only needing a point, there is only one thing on the Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon’s mind and that is winning the game. “We are not thinking about the next phase at this moment and are only fully focussed on victory against Air India,” remarked Oscar.
Oscar took his squad to watch the USC/Air India encounter as part of the preparation for the final game.
“Air India plays very compact and is a physical side, but I feel technically we have the players in every department to come away with the desired result,” reasoned Oscar.
Oscar believes that this is the most high profile match of the season so far and that his players are charged up to deliver. “This is for sure the most important game of the season and my players are ready to put up a strong performance,” signed off Oscar.

SCG’s Velito Cruz (26) attempts to muscle the ball away from Olwin Cardozo, at Don Bosco, Panjim

Sporting Clube de Goa start campaign with a comfortable win

Sporting Clube de Goa's Anthony Wolfe collects the ball

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Anthony Wolfe collects the ball


Sporting Clube de Goa 3 (Boima Karpeh ‘2 & ‘6, Anthony Wolfe ’63)
United Sports Club 2 (Sankar Oraon ’26, Sujay Oraon ’70)

Maverick striker, Boima Karpeh netted a brace as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame United Sports Club 3-2 in the Durand Cup quarter final group B match at Raia Panchayat ground, on Wednesday. Sporting Goa led 2-1 at the interval.
Anthony Wolfe made his debut for the Flaming Oranje alongside Boima Karpeh and they struck up an immediate cohesive partnership, with both getting their names onto the score sheet.
Sporting Goa got off to a dream start after just 93 seconds when Rowllin Borgesrolled a free kick across the edge of the box and Boima Karpeh placed it into the back of the net.
Four minutes later Boima struck again, after latching onto to an effective through ball from Wolfe.
United SC battled hard and was soon rewarded when Sankar Oraon took control of a short back pass in the Sporting Goa defence to capitalize and pull a goal back.
Changing over, Sporting managed to regain their two goal cushion after Wolfe was brought down inside the box. Wolfe dusted the grass off his knees, before stepping up to steer home the resulting penalty.
United SC came back with another reply, when Sujay Oraon’s dipping shot from the edge of the box spectacularly crept under the bar to make 2-3. It was a nervous end to the game, but Sporting Goa held onto victory.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s marquee player Anthony Wolfe takes control of the ball.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza, Cajetan Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Mauvin Borges, Boima Karpeh (c), Anthony Wolfe

Substitutions: (Velito Cruz in/ Rowllin Borges out ’62), (Jovel Martins in/ Joyner Lourenco out ‘68), (Sumeet Passi in/ Boima Karpeh out ’82)

Subs on bench: Ravi Kumar, Cresson Antao, Rojen Singh, Jovel Martins, Velito Cruz, Joseph Pereira, Sumeet Passi

United Sports Club: Ranajit Majumder (gk), Sujay Oraon, Provat Lakra, Eze Kingsley, Barun Oraon, Babun Das, Dinesh Bhagat, Laxmi Mandi, Jagannath Oraon, Surojit Bose (c), Sankar Oraon

Yellow cards: (Onyeama Francis Dkechukwu ’88)

Substitutions: (Onyeama Francis Dkechukwu in/ Surojit Bose out ’57), (Sumit Oraon in/ Laxmi Mandi out ’68), (Azaruddin Mullick in/ Jagannath Orain out ’79)

Subs on bench: Biten Oraon, Santu Singh, Manotosh Chakladar, Ranjan Mistry, Sumit Oraon, Azaruddin Mullick, Onyeama Francis Dkechukwu

Sporting Clube de Goa take on USC in Durand opener

Sporting Clube de Goa take on USC in Durand opener

In what is set to be an explosive game, Sporting Clube de Goa will take on United Sports Club in the Durand Cup inaugural quarter final pool B match, at Raia Panchayat ground, Goa, on Wednesday. The kick off time is 3pm and entry to the venue is absolutely free.
Sporting Goa’s new marquee signing, Trinidad and Tobago utility player Anthony Wolfe is set to make his long awaited debut for the club.
Sporting Goa’s Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon is banking on good home support as his team is made up of many Goans from the locality. “Beevan D’Mello and Velito Cruz is from Raia, besides Rowllin Borges, Mauvin Borges and Cajetan Fernandes are from the neighbouring Salcete village of Nuvem, so we are drumming up good local support,” remarked Oscar.
Oscar is taking the tournament very seriously as he feels the Durand Cup has a prestigious history. “The Durand Cup is the oldest football tournament in Asia and third oldest in the world. We have heard of the tournament in Spain and it has a great history behind it,” enlightened Oscar.
Interestingly, Oscar’s first I-League victory as Sporting Goa Coach came against United Sports Club in December 2012. Since then the two clubs have met three times in the I-League, with Sporting Goa winning once more and USC winning the other two encounters. All is set for another gripping match-up between the Goan and Kolkata outfit.

Sporting Clube de Goa 20-man squad for Durand Cup:

Goalkeepers: Kamaljeet Singh, Ravi Kumar

Defenders: Keenan Almeida, Rojen Singh, Jovel Martins, Chandrashekar Chinta, Joyner Lourenco
Clemente Joseph, Creson Antao

Midfielders: Joseph Pereira, Beevan D’Mello, Rowllin Borges, Velito Cruz, Cajetan Fernandes, Royston De Souza, Mauvin Borges

Strikers: Boima Karpeh, Anthony Wolfe, Sumeet Passi, Victorino Fernandes

Sporting Clube de Goa defeat ONGC in Durand Cup

After converting two second half penalties, Sporting Clube de Goa (SCdG) finished their campaign on a high as they defeated ONGC 3-1 in the quarter-final group stage of the 125th Durand Cup at New Delhi on Tuesday. The match was tied 1-1 at the interval.

For the second match in a row, Sporting Clube de Goa were forced to play in heavy rain which left the surface in a mucky state, but this time around the Flaming Oranje were determined to brave the weather and get the desired result they were looking for.

There were a whole host of changes to the team which played against Assam rifles in the last match. Goalkeeper Agnelo Gomes came in for Gerard D’mello, Joyner Lourenco came in to partner Adil Khan in defence, while Jovel Martins was moved onto the left wing in place of Joseph Pereira which allowed Roven Pereira to start at left back.

Boboi  (rb), Velito Cruz (rw), Ogba Kalu (mid) and Mackroy Peixoto (mid) maintained their positions. The other expected change was Victorino Fernandes coming in to partner Dawson Fernandes up front.

Five minutes before the break, Sporting Clube de Goa took the lead through Victorino Fernandes who got himself into a good position to tap home a cross from Jovel Martins. Within two minutes ONGC pulled a goal back with a quick move started from a throw in.

In the second session, ONGC continued to push forward, which allowed Sporting Clube de Goa to continuously catch them on the break. Fifteen minutes from time Dawson Fernandes was brought down in the box, which allowed Ogba kalu to score from the penalty spot.

Seven minutes later, another clumsy challenge from an ONGC defender on Jovel Martins resulted in another penalty. Substitute Pratesh Shirodkar slotted home to give Sporting Clube de Goa a satisfactory victory.

“Although we have left the tournament prematurely, our young squad has grown in confidence as a unit and we have also improved tactically, “remarked Sporting Clube de Goa technical director Alex Alvares.

Assam Rifles topped the group with 4 points from two matches and qualified for the semi finals, Sporting Clube de Goa finished second with 3 points and ONGC were last with 1 point.