Marcus nets brace in Sporting Clube de Goa win

Marcus Mascarenhas completed a beautiful brace with goals either side of the lemon break as Sporting Clube de Goa rallied to overcome Calangute Association, in a friendly game at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Tuesday morning. The match was tied 1-1 at the interval.

With the teams kicking off their pre-season training recently there was some experimentation from both Coaches. Sporting Goa made a number of changes from the team that defeated the AIFF U-19 on Saturday.

It was Calangute who came out the stronger of the two sides and took the game to the Flaming Oranje.

Eight minutes before the break, Calangute won a free kick on the right flank after the ball brushed against the Sporting Goa defender Jovel Martins which prevented a cross. From George D’souza’s in swinging free kick, Yogesh Kadam managed to sneak in at the back post and head Calangute ahead.

After some intricate passing on the stroke of half time, the ball was swept into the path of Marcus who brought Sporting Goa back on level terms with an adroit placement into the net.

You could have forgiven the Flaming Oranje Coach Matheus Costa if he decided to bring on the big guns to go for the kill in the second half, but instead he signalled to the likes of Rowllin Borges, Victorino Fernandes and company to get changed as he wanted to see how the younger players coped under pressure.

Within 108 seconds of the second session, Calangute failed to clear their lines after a Sporting Goa onslaught which led to Marcus lobbing spectacularly over the Calangute custodian to complete his brace which proved to be the match winner.

In the closing stages Marcus was denied a hat-trick after rounding the goalkeeper and shooting, but the Calangute defence read the script and cleared off the goal line.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa and Calangute in action at Duler Stadium, Mapusa.


Sporting Clube de Goa kick off Pre-season friendly with a win


In their opening game, Sporting Clube de Goa overcame AIFF Elite U-19 Academy 3-1 in a Pres-season Friendly at Benaulim ground, on Saturday morning. The match was goalless at the interval.

Sporting Goa experimented with a new formation which surprised their opponents who were caught tactically unaware.

It was the AIFF who took the lead just after the breather, when Jerry did well to lose his marker and thumped the ball in to the back of the net.

Sporting Goa soon found their rhythm and promptly equalised when Marcus Mascarenhas coolly slotted past the helpless AIFF custodian.

The Flaming Oranje raced into the lead when Rowllin Borges who is about to join the national team camp, curled in a sublime direct free kick from the edge of the box.

In the last ten minutes Sporting Goa brought on Victorino Fernandes and it did not take him long to find the back of the net. A super through ball was played forward by Rowllin which cut through the disciplined AIFF defence and Victorino applied the final touch to cap off a sweet victory.

Sporting Clube de Goa edge out Vasco in friendly


Sporting Clube de Goa edge out Vasco in friendly

Sporting Clube de Goa eased to a 3-2 win over Vasco Sports Club in a friendly match, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Friday. Sporting Goa led 2-0 at the breather.

Roystan D’Souza netted the opener for the Flaming Oranje after latching onto a pinpoint pass from Velito Cruz.

Beevan D’Mello doubled the lead for the Panjim outfit after he rose to head in a chipped pass from Chandrashekar Chinta.

After the lemon break, Roystan observed Sumeet Passi galloping forward and so released the ball for him to apply the finishing touch to make it three for Sporting Goa.

Vasco were determined to make a game of it and put up a strong fight. Clever thinking from Roystan Pereira allowed him to roll a quick free kick on the edge of the box for Dhiaan Srinivasan to place into the bottom corner.

The Sporting Goa defence were caught napping once again, when a long free kick was played forward and Vasco’s Agnelo D’souza managed to head the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper to reduce the margin further.

The last fifteen minutes was exciting, as both teams upped the ante which delighted the gathering supporters.

Sporting Clube de Goa put four past Cavelossim in friendly


Sporting Clube de Goa put four past Cavelossim in friendly

Sumeet Passi netted a brace as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 4-0 in a friendly match, at Cuncolim ground on Tuesday. Sporting Goa led 3-0 at the breather.

Sumeet opened the scoring very early on for the Flaming Oranje after he perfectly controlled a cross from Roystan D’Souza, before firing into the back of the net.

Sumeet linked up well with Rowllin Borges in midfield. After a neat interchange of passes, Sumeet wrapped his foot around the ball and planted it home.

Just before the lemon break, Mauvin Borges made it 3-0 after he went on a twining run before capping off the solo effort with an impressive finish.

Changing over midfielder Glan Martins swelled the lead for Sporting Goa.

Sporting Goa is expected to play another friendly match on Friday.

Former Seville star Pablo could make debut in Charity game

Sporting Clube de Goa could unleash new Spanish defender Pablo Gallardo against Dempo Sports Club in the Charity Cup match on Sunday, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa.
After joining the Flaming Oranje from Spanish Segunda B side “Burgos”, the experienced star flew in this week from Spain and is expected to play some part in the game.
The twenty eight year old has represented the U-17 and U-19 Spanish national team where he played alongside Manchester City’s David Silva.
For Sevilla B, he has played with stars such as Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Manchester City’s Jesus Navas. When he was young, Pablo slide tackled former Arsenal hero Jose Antonio Reyes which earned him his reputation as a tenacious tackler.
Pablo is very happy to be playing for Sporting Clube de Goa and is always eager for new challenges. “I was watching a television programme, which included images of the beautiful Taj Mahal and I said to my family that India would be a nice place to visit. Two weeks later I got this opportunity,” remarked Pablo.
Pablo has an interesting superstition which he has carried out throughout his career and that is he starts dressing up from the left side, putting on his left sock before the right and left boot before the right.
Away from the game, Pablo loves to swim and surf and he feels Goa with its peaceful surroundings is an ideal location for him.
Pablo has captained the regional Andalusian team and brings with him strong reliable leadership qualities.
“Recently we have had Spanish defenders Angel Berlanga and then Gonzalo Hinojal Neila who have performed exceptionally well for the club. I welcome Pablo and believe he can also become a fans favourite,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz.

Picture: Left to right: Pablo Gallardo, SCG President Peter Vaz and Pablo’s agent Gerardo Piris

Picture: Pablo Gallardo posing in the Sporting Clube de Goa jersey.

Mauvin ensures Sporting Clube de Goa start with a win

Pre-season friendly

It’s that time of year again as Sporting Clube de Goa kicked off their first pre-season friendly with a 1-0 with over Sesa Football Academy at Duler stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. The match was goalless at the interval.
Former Sesa cadet Mauvin Borges struck fifteen minutes from time to settle the tie for the Flaming Oranje. The youngster drove the ball in from the right flank in what looked like a harmless grounded pass, but to his delight it managed to travel through the legs of a defender and end up perfectly seated in the far corner.
Before the game, Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon had sent the players out with the emphasis to enjoy the friendly, but show that extra gear of acceleration when counted upon.
The match moved from end to end, with tackles flying in from both sides and neither looking to give up a yard of space. Mauvin’s effort which flowed like a beacon of light was the difference that separated the two teams.
Sporting Goa experimented with a different set in each half. This allowed the players time to equally prove their mettle and make the right noises to assert that they are worthy of staking a claim to a first eleven place ahead of the season curtain raiser against Dempo in the upcoming Charity game.

Sporting Clube de Goa 3 – Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 0 @ Duler stadium

Sporting Goa's Dawson Fernandes celebrating after converting the penalty

Sporting Goa’s Dawson Fernandes celebrating after converting the penalty


Dawson Fernandes netted a brace in the last fifteen minutes to hand Sporting Clube de Goa a 3-0 victory over Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Thursday. The match was goalless at the interval.

Sporting Goa played with a different side in each half to test the squad in new positions in an exciting experimental system.

In the first session both teams had chances to surge ahead, but lacked the killer touch in front of goal.

In the second half, Cavelossim started brightly and rattled the cross bar on two occasions, which gave the Flaming Oranje a real scare and made them soon realize they would have to raise their perfomance up a notch.

With fifteen minutes left on the clock, Sporting Goa’s Dawson was played through on goal and as he tried to maneuver past the rival custodian, his feet were clipped from underneath. He quickly rose of his feet to convert the penalty convincingly for the Flaming Oranje.

Moments later, Sporting Goa moved the ball around with real grace before it was crossed into the danger area. Under the pressure of the Sporting Goa strikers breathing down on goal, Cavelossim defender Sylvester Silveira unfortunately pushed the ball past his own goalkeeper to double Sporting Goa’s lead.

With time running out, Sporting Goa’s Dawson ventured through on goal and blasted straight down the middle of the net, with the Cavelossim goalkeeper barely getting his fingertips to the pulverizing shot.

Sporting Clube de Goa:

1st half: Ashok, Rovan, Soma, Joyner, Mathew, Adil, Kalu, Seiya, Joe, Pratesh, Victorino.

2nd half: Gerard, Bisheshwar, Mario, Clemente, Joval, Adil, Freiman, Xaiver, Rowllin, Stephen, Dawson.