Odafa hat-trick helps Sporting Clube de Goa thump Pune

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                                                Hat-Trick Hero Odafa Okolie on the attack

I-League

On the last day of the season, Sporting Clube de Goa thumped Pune FC 4-0 in the final round of the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday.

Odafa Okolie (27, 69, 90) bagged a hat-trick, while Sandesh Jhingan (41) also got his name on the score sheet.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Syrian International Mahmoud Al Amna was adjudged the HERO of the match and received the award from Mrs Natty Vaz who is a Director in the Models group and wife of the SCG President Mr Peter Vaz.

Sporting Clube de Goa finished the season in 8th place with 23 points accumulated from twenty matches, having won 5, drawn 8 and lost 7. The Flaming Oranje scored 22 goals and conceded 27 goals.

Sporting Clube de Goa striker Odafa Okolie finished the season with 8 goals in the League.

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Sporting Clube de Goa face Pune on final day


I-LEAGUE

Sporting Clube de Goa will face Pune FC in the final round of the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Saturday. The kick off time is 4.30pm and the match is being televised live on TEN CRICKET.
Sporting Goa were defeated 0-2 by title contenders Mohun Bagan in their last game and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Despite producing a run of good performances recently, Sporting Goa are still involved in the relegation battle.
Pune defeated Shillong Lajong 1-0 in their last game and will be trying to finish their season on a high as they look to improve on their current fifth place position.
Pune are currently on 29 points from nineteen matches, while Sporting Goa are on 20 points from the same number of games.
The last time the two clubs met was in February where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Sporting Clube de Goa train on the eve of the game at Don Bosco ground, Panjim.

(left to right) Pune Captain Arata Izumi, Pune Coach Gift Raikand, SCG Coach Mathew Costa and SCG Captain Odafa Okolie at the Press conference in Panjim.

Norde seals victory for Mohun Bagan

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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

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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 overpower Lajong

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Shillong Lajong FC 1 (Uilliams Souza Silva ’74)

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.

Sporting Clube de Goa cruise past Bagan

ODAFA SCORES!!!!!!!!!!

ODAFA SCORES!!!!!!!!!!


I-LEAGUE

HERO of the match Odafa Okolie netted a second half brace as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame McDowell’s Mohun Bagan 2-1 in the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday.
In the second session Sporting Goa took the lead when Alber Gonsalves played a short corner to Pratesh Shirodkar who relayed the ball back to Brandon Fernandes and his cross to the back post was met by the head of Odafa who scored.
It took Bagan just three minutes to draw level when Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa fired in from a cross.
Sporting Goa continued to work hard and was rewarded when Odafa curled the ball into the back of the net in the 87th minutes to seal victory for the Flaming Oranje.