GFA GOA Super Cup final
Victorino Fernandes netted the winner in the 90th minute as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Sesa Football Academy 1-0 in GFA’s Goa Super Cup final at Duler stadium, Mapusa on Monday. The match was goalless at the interval.
With time running out, substitute Freiman Peixote crossed the ball swiftly into the danger area where Victorino timed his run to perfection to slot home the winner for Sporting Clube de Goa.
The game was exciting from beginning to end with both teams coming close on a number of occasions.
In the fifteenth minute the ball rebounded off Sesa’s Mauvin Borges into the path of team mate Chikwudi Chukwuma but his effort sailed over the cross bar.
At the other end, Victorino’s cross from the right wing flew across the face of goal but Dawson Fernandes and Valerio Rodrigues could not get the final touch.
Midway through the first half, Sporting Goa’s Ogba kalu passed to Juanfri who crossed for Victorino and he flung himself at the ball but it missed his head by inches.
Sesa moved on the counter as the ball bounced over the Sporting Goa captain Mathew Gonsalves and into the path of Chikwudi but his effort went just over the bar.
Ten minutes before the break, Sesa’s Mauvin Borges headed onto the cross bar and Chikwudi’s powerful follow up was wonderfully saved by the Sporting Goa custodian Sourav Chakborthy.
The final five minutes of the first half was nail biting for both sides as Sesa came close to scoring when Chikwudi’s free kick dipped just over the cross bar.
Just before the break, Sporting Goa’s Juanfri passed to Victorino and his header was hooked away on the goal line, for a corner by Sesa defender Lenstan Afonso.
The second session was just as pulsating, but with fewer clear cut chances. In the 69th minute Sporting Goa’s Victorino Fenandes sent out another warning of his intentions, when Sesa’s Caitano Viegas had to clear his shot of the goal line.
Right at the death Victorino finally got the goal he deserved as he kept his compsure to tap in the winner for the Flaming Oranje.
Sporting Clube de Goa president Peter Vaz was present on the occasion. Navelim MLA Avertano Futardo was the chief guest and gave away the winner’s trophy in the presence of GFA executive members Benjamin Silva (Velim MLA), Elvis Gomes (South vice president), Lavinio Rebello (north vice president), Babli Mandrekar, Welwyn Menezes, Alirio Lobo, Sanjiv Nagvekar.
PHOTO: Victorious Sporting Clube de Goa team along with club president Peter Vaz