Bengaluru move into Fed Cup final

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Bengaluru FC 3 (Sean Rooney ’28, Sunil Chhetri ’38, Eugenson Lyngdoh ’87)

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Bengaluru FC overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 in the 36th Federation Cup semi-final organised by the AIFF at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Friday. Bengaluru led 2-0 at the interval.

It was Sporting Goa who had first look at the goal when defender Kofi Dankwae got into a good position for a corner and flashed an instinctive shot at goal, but the Bengaluru custodian pulled of a fantastic save to deny him.

As the game progressed, Bengaluru managed to surge ahead when Sean Rooney got on the end of a dangerous low cross to tap into an empty net.

Before the break Bengaluru Captain Sunil Chhetri doubled the lead when he crept in the box to fire into the roof of the net.

On the other side of the break, Anthony Wolfe came ever so close to pulling a goal back when his teasing shot from outside the box rebounded back of the post.

In the closing stages as Sporting Goa committed men forward, substitute Robin Singh broke away and slipped the ball in for Eugenson Lyngdoh to tuck home Bengaluru’s third.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa and Bengaluru in action at PJN Stadium, Fatorda.

Bengaluru FC: Curtis Osana, John Johnson, Sean Rooney, Joshua Walker, Sunil Chhetri (C), Rino Anto, Eugenson Lyngdoh, Beikhokhei Beingaicho, Siam Hanghal, Keegan Pereira, Laltthuammawia Ralte (GK)

Yellow cards: (Siam Hanghal ’73, Joshua Walker ’83)

Substitutions: (Robin Singh in/ Sean Rooney out ‘59), (Lalchhuanmawaia in/ Sunil Chhetri out ‘72), (Thoi Singh in/ Siam Hangal out ‘80)

Subs on bench: Pawan Kumar, N.S Manju, Robin Singh, Thoi Singh, Darren Caldeira, Shankar, Sampangi, Udanta Singh, Lalchhuanmawia, C.K. Vineeth

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Biswajit Saha, Kalu Ogba, Anthony Wolfe (C), Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes, Rojen Singh, Chandraskekar Chinta, Cajetan Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae

Substitutions: (Jovel Martins in/ Biswajeet Saha out ‘32), (Mauvin Borges in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ‘61), (Royston D’Souza in/ Beevan D’Mello out ‘75)

Subs on bench: Don Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Mauvin Borges, Sumeet Passi, Sandip Nandy, Velito Cruz, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza.

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Sporting Clube de Goa lock horns with Bengaluru

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Federation Cup

With a spring in their step, Sporting Clube de Goa will lock horns with Bengaluru FC in the second semi-final of the 36th Federation Cup organised by the Aiff at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Friday. The kick off time is 7pm.

After losing two group games to Mumbai FC and Dempo Sports Club, Sporting Goa managed to turn the tide and beat Royal Wahingdoh 2-1, before coming from behind to upset the mighty East Bengal in a thrilling 4-3 victory.

Bengaluru on the other hand have managed to stay unbeaten so far with victories over Salgaocar, Shillong Lajong and Pune FC, while being held to a draw by Mohun Bagan.

The teams met in the first round of the Federation Cup last year, where Bengaluru triumphed in an amazing 5-3 encounter, but it was Sporting Goa who eventually qualified for the next stage.

With one Goan team already guaranteed a place in Sunday’s final, it will be interesting to see if the Flaming Oranje can make it two. Bengaluru who won the I-League last year will be just as much motivated to qualify for the final to try an add to their trophy cabinet, which sets up a cracking encounter for the fans of both sides.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players enjoying a light practice on the eve of the game.

Sporting Clube de Goa overcome East Bengal in 4-3 thriller

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FEDERATION CUP

East Bengal 3 (Ranty Martins ‘6, Dudu Omagbemi ’30, Shylo Malsawmtulunga ’34)

Sporting Clube de Goa 4 (Victorino Fernandes ‘1, ‘7, ’78, Anthony Wolfe ‘45+2)

Victorino Fernandes scored an amazing hat-trick as Sporting Clube de Goa qualified for the semi-finals after historically overcoming East Bengal 4-3 in the 36th Federation Cup organised by the Aiff at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. East Bengal led 3-2 at the interval.

Victorino opened the scoring for Sporting Goa in the opening minute when he controlled a long ball and took it in his stride before slotting it into the far corner.

Within eight minutes East Bengal found the equalizer when Ranti Martins coolly stroked home from the penalty spot.

East Bengal were  in cruise control after former Sporting Goa hero Dudu Omagbemi set up S. Malsawmtulunga who gave East Bengal the lead and soon after Dudu scored himself to put his side in a further commanding position at 3-1.

Deep into injury time of the first half Sporting Goa’s  marquee signing Anthony Wolfe blasted in to hand the Goan side a life line and go into the changing room with their heads held high, pumped with adrenaline.

Changing over the sheer grit and determination of the Flaming Oranje, saw them work in unison to claw their way back in contention. Victorino Fernandes found a yard of space in the box to blast in the equalizer.

With time running out, Sporting Goa stepped up a gear once again and showed their desire to bag the three points. It was that man, Victorino who sprung up to fire in his third and more importantly the winner.

With this victory Sporting Clube de Goa qualified for the semi finals after collecting 6 points from four matches. AIFF Academy Director and Head of Coach Education Scott O’Donnell presented the Man-of –the match trophy to Victorino.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Biswajit Saha, Kalu Ogba, Anthony Wolfe (C), Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes, Rojen Singh, Cajetan Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae,

Yellow cards: (Rojen Singh ’39, Rowllin Borges ‘90+4)

Substitutions: (Velito Cruz in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ’55), (Mauvin Borges in/ Beevan D’Mello out ’55), Chandrashekar Chinta in/ Victorino Fernandes out ’87)

Subs on bench: Don Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Mauvin Borges, Sumeet Passi, Chandrashekar Chinta, Sandip Nandy, Velito Cruz, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza

Kingfisher East Bengal: Arnab Kumar Mondal, Milan Susak, Abhishek Das, Harmonjat Singh Khabra (C), MD Rafique, Ranti Martins, * S. Malsawmtulunga, Mehtab Hossain, Dudu Omagbemi, Cavin Lobo, Subhash Roy Chowdhury (GK)

Yellow cards: (Baljit Sahni ’90)

Substitutions: (Baljit Sahni in/ S. Malsawmtulunga out ’63), (Joaquim Abranches in/ MD Rafique out ’81)

Subs on bench: Raju Gaikwad, Baljit Sahni, Deepak Kumar Mondal, Gurwinder Singh, Joaquim Abranches, Lalrindika Ralte, Abhra Mondal, S. Malsawmtulunga, Luis Barreto

*East Bengal’s Leondis Bertos got injured before the match and was replaced in the starting 11 by S. Malsawmtulunga.

Sporting Clube de Goa and East Bengal do battle

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FEDERATION CUP

Sporting Clube de Goa and Kingfisher East Bengal will do battle in the 36th Federation Cup organised by the AIFF at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. The kick off time is 7pm.
Sporting Goa won their last match against Royal Wahingdoh 2-1 and is currently on 3 points from three matches.
East Bengal on the other hand has 4 points from three games. In their last match, East Bengal was held to a draw by Mumbai FC.

Sporting Clube de Goa defeat Wahingdoh

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Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Anthony Wolfe ’53, Biswajeet Singh ’88)

Royal Wahingdoh 1 (Jackichand Singh ’28)

Sporting Clube de Goa came from behind to overcome Royal Wahingdoh 2-1 in the Federation Cup organised by the AIFF at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday.
Sporting Goa trailed by a goal at half time which was scored by Wahingdoh’s Jackichand Singh in the 28th minute of play.
Changing over Sporting Goa came out all guns blazing and pulled a goal back through Anthony Wolfe who managed to shoot past a sea of defenders, after Cajetan Fernandes swung in a dangerous looking corner.
With two minutes left on the clock, left back Biswajeet Saha popped up in the box to direct Mauvin Borges’ low cross into the net to find the winner for the Flaming Oranje.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Anthony Wolfe rises to head the ball in the danger area.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Biswajit Saha, Kalu Ogba, Anthony Wolfe (C), Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes, Rojen Singh, Cajetan Fernandes, Royston D’Souza, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae

Substitutions: (Rowllin Borges in/ Royston D’Souza out ’34), (Mauvin Borges in/ Cajetan Fernandes out ’58), (Velito Cruz in/ Beevan D’Mello out ’82)

Subs on bench: Don Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Mauvin Borges, Sumeet Passi, Chandrashekar Chinta, Sandip Nandy, Rowllin Borges, Velito Cruz, Clemente Joseph

Royal Wahingdoh: Nikhil Bernard (GK), Bekay Bawar, Densil Theobald (C), Lalchawnkima, Reagan Singh, Samananda Singh, Loveday Okechukwu, Marlangki Suting, Seityasen Singh, Jackichand Singh, Lallawnzuala

Yellow cards: (Marlangki Suting ’44, Bekay Bawar ’69)

Substitutions: (Nagen Tamang in/ Marlangki Suting out ’66)

Subs on bench: Malsawmtluanga, Milancy Khongstia, Loken Meitei, Nagen Tamang, Wailadmi Passah, Premkumar Singh, Bishorjit Singh

Sporting Clube de Goa look to keep Federation Cup dream alive

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Federation Cup 

It’s now or never for Sporting Clube de Goa as they take on I-League new comers Royal Wahingdoh in a group “A” match of the 36th Federation Cup organised by the AIFF, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Sunday. The kick off time is 7pm.

Sporting Goa are currently bottom of group A, having lost both their matches to Mumbai FC and Dempo Sports Club recently. Nothing less than three points will give them a fighting chance of progressing in the competition.

Royal Wahingdoh on the other hand are currently on 3 points from two games having opened their campaign with a 2-1 win against Mumbai FC, before suffering a 0-1 loss to East Bengal.

With so much at stake it is certain to be a pulsating match on the cards.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players limber up on the eve of the big game.

Tolgay nets hat-trick in Dempo win

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Dempo Sports Club 4 ( Tolgay Ozbey ’11, ’37 (pen), ’53 (pen), Romeo Fernandes ’83)

Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Beevan D’Mello ‘75)

Tolgay Ozbey netted a hat-trick as Dempo Sports Club overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 4-1 in the Federation Cup organised by the Aiff, at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Thursday. Dempo led 2-0 at the interval.

Tolgay Ozbey opened the scoring after just eleven minutes to give Dempo the perfect start to the New Year.

Just before the interval, Dempo doubled their lead after Tolgay stroked home a penalty.  Eight minutes into the second half Tolgay won another penalty after going down very easily under a challenge from Joyner Lourenco. Tolgay stepped up to complete his hat-trick.

Sporting Goa pulled a goal back after Beevan D’Mello struck a beautiful left footed free kick straight into the back of the net.

In the closing stages Dempo’s Romeo Fernandes added further misery for the Flaming Oranje after placing in the fourth.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Anthony Wolfe tries to get past his marker.

Dempo Sports Club: Rowilson Rodrigues, Tolgay Ozbey, Clifford Miranda (C), Mandar Rao Dessai, Haroon Fakhruddin, Romeo Fernandes, Fulgencio Cardoz, Jewel Raja Shaikh, Lenny Rodrigues, Francis Fernandes, Laxmikant Kattimani (GK)

Yellow cards: (Clifford Miranda ’46, Laxmikant Kattimani ’72, Tolgay Ozbey ’73, Haroon Fakhruddin ’75)

Substitutions: (Holicharan Narzary in/ Mandar Rao Dessai out ’62), (Allwyn George in/ Tolgay Ozbey out ’74), (Samir Naik in/ Jewel Raja out ’87)

Subs on bench: Brunco Colaco, Shallum Pires, Peter Carvalho, Alwyn George, Holicharan Narzary, Samir Naik, Prabir Das

Sporting Clube de Goa: Biswajit Saha, Kalu Ogba, Anthony Wolfe (C), Jovel Martins, Victorino Fernandes, Chandrashekar Chinta, Sandip Nandy (GK), Clemente Joseph, Royston D’souza, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae,

Substitutions: (Beevan D’Mello in/ Chandrashekar Chinta out ’46), (Mauvin Borges in/ Jovel Martins out ’64), (Sumeet Passi in/ Victorino Fernandes out ’68)

Subs on bench: Ravi Kumar, Don Fernandes, Beevan D’Mello, Mauvin Borges, Rojen Singh, Sumeet Passi, Cajetan Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Velito Cruz