Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Rowllin Borges ’28)
Churchill Brothers 0
Sporting Clube de Goa retained the trophy, after overcoming Churchill Brothers Sports Club 1-0 in Gfa’s knock out at Cuncolim ground, on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the breather.
Sporting Goa had a first look at the goal when Anthony Wolfe flashed a header across the danger zone, but Sumeet Passi’s header flew just wide of the post.
In the 28th minute, Sporting Goa took the lead when Anthony Wolfe used his devastating pace to make a burst to the byline, before neatly cutting the ball back for Captain Rowllin Borges to lead by example and slice into the bottom corner.
Just before the interval, Sporting Goa midfielder Cajetan Fernandes tried an audacious lob from 45 yards out which had the Churchill goalkeeper at full stretch to tip over the cross bar.
After the change of ends the high tempo of the game remained constant as both teams were fully focused on winning.
Churchill Brothers’ menacing forward Odafe Okolie came closest to finding the equalizer when he stormed down on goal, but the brave Sporting Goa custodian Ravi Kumar dived at his feet to bring the situation under control.
In the end a disciplined performance from the Flaming Oranje, saw them come away with a sweet victory.
GFA President Elvis Gomes was present along with other GFA members. Sporting Goa took home the winner’s trophy and the 1 Lakh prize money, while Churchill Brothers had to settle for the runners up trophy and a cheque of Rs.50, 000.
PHOTO: GFA Knock out Champs 2014, Sporting Clube de Goa celebrates with SCG President Peter Vaz.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Clemente Joseph, Kofi Dankwae, Joyner Lourenco, Harpreet Singh, Beevan D’Mello, Rowllin Borges (C), Cajetan Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Anthony Wolfe, Sumeet Passi
Yellow cards: (Kofi Dankwae ’20, Sumeet Passi 90+3)
Substitutions: (Victorino Fernandes in/ Beevan D’Mello out ’63), (Mauvin Borges in/ Harpreet Singh out ‘72), (Rojen Singh in/ Rowllin Borges out ’83)
Subs on bench: Melroy Fernandes, Creson Antao, Rojen Singh, Mauvin Borges, Royston D’Souza, Chandrashekar Chinta, Victorino Fernandes
Churchill Brothers SC: Praveen C, Emmanuel Ariwachukwa, Mainoo Dadanavoon, Saurav Chakraborthy, Odafe Okolie (C), Nicholas Fernandes, Asley Fernandes, Micky Fernandes, Richard Costa, Suraj, Kamaldeep Singh
Yellow card: Mainoo Dadanavoon
Substitutions: (Charles Miranda in/ Suraj out ’46), (Joshua Rebello in/ Mainoo Dadanavoon out ’73)
Subs on bench: Muhamad Shaikh, Rovan Pereira, Sudheesh Muthath, Harpreet Singh, Sreenag Gopatan, Charles Miranda, Joshua Rebello