Cavelossim come from behind to win


Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 in round 2 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. The match was tied 1-1 at the breather.

Sporting Goa took the lead early on when Sumeet Passi blasted in from close range. The lead did not last long as former Sporting Goa defender Rahul Kumar equalized for Cavelossim.

Within two minutes of the second half Clencio Pinto slotted home to give Cavelossim the lead. In the closing stages Sporting Goa brought on Odafa Okolie, but Cavelossim managed to hold on for victory.

PHOTO:  Sporting Clube de Goa winger Harshad Naik and Cavelossim defender Rovan Pereira battle for the ball.


Sporting Clube de Goa win Goodwill Cup

Sporting Clube de Goa win Goodwill Cup

Sporting Clube de Goa Veterans defeated Portugal MP’s 4-1 in the final of the SCG Goodwill Cup, at Don Bosco ground Panjim, on Thursday.

Sporting Goa took the lead when Roque Carneiro headed in a cross swung in by Mathew Costa.

Changing over, Sporting Goa doubled their lead when Kiran Chaukachi dribbled round the goalkeeper and tapped in after being played through by Pratap Samant.

Clyde Dias managed to pull a goal back for the visitors after receiving a neat pass from Olvin Cardoza.

Sporting Goa continued to display elegance in the attack and finished the game strongly with Clifford Chukwuma getting his name on the score sheet, before Kiran completed his brace.

The previous day, Sporting Clube de Goa Veterans defeated Lusiofonia XI 5-3, while Portugal MP’s overcame Don Bosco Past Pupils 3-2 to qualify for the final.

After the game Sporting Goa received the winner’s trophy, while Portugal MP’s took home the runners up trophy.

Sara Fernandes who incidentally was the only woman on the pitch received the Hero of the match award. Former India Captain and Arjuna Awardee, Bruno Coutinho received a special token for his super contribution in the competition for Sporting Goa Veterans.

Hon. Consul of Portugal in Goa, Rui Baceira was the Chief Guest. Sporting Clube de Goa Competitions Director Angelo Albuquerque, Don Bosco past Pupils President Edward Noronha and Clube Nacional President Tony Dias were also present on the occasion, among other dignitaries.

Sporting Clube de Goa organised the event to harness the power of sport to promote peace and harmony. Earlier in the season Sporting Goa conducted a similar exhibition friendly with an Invitational team from Nigeria.

Sporting Clube de Goa held by Mumbai


Sporting Clube de Goa was held to a 1-1 draw by Mumbai FC in the HERO I-League at PJN stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the break.

Sporting Goa suffered an early set back after Captain Odafa Okoli had to be substituted after pulling up with a groin after just seven minutes.

It did not take the Flaming Oranje long to find their feet. After good build up play, Pratesh Shirodkar sent in a perfect chip for Alber Gonsalves to nod into the back of the net to give Sporting Goa the lead.

In the second session, Mumbai crawled their way back into contention when Clemente Joseph headed the ball into his own net from a dangerous free kick.

Sporting Goa continued to dominate and nearly found the winner. Brandon Fernandes had two golden opportunities, while Anthony Wolfe hit the post and moments later headed just over the bar from close range.

Sporting Clube de Goa midfielder Pratesh Shirodkar was adjudged the HERO of the match.

Sporting Clube de Goa and Laxmi in crunch match



In a crunch match, Sporting Clube de Goa and Laxmi Prasad Sports Club will battle it out in round 8 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Wednesday. The kick off time is 4pm.

Laxmi are currently on 13 points from seven games, while Sporting Goa is on 11 points from the same number of matches. With one round left to play after this game, the stakes are extremely high as both teams are trying to secure a top five finish to qualify for the Super League.

After a slow start to the season, Sporting Goa has started to find their groove and Coach Oscar Bruzon expects the recent winning form to continue.

“We have had two minor accidents and now we are on the fast road to recovery,” remarked Oscar.

“We are looking forward to the game. My players know what they have to do, it should be exciting,” stated Laxmi Prasad Coach Valentine Ezeugo.

Free scoring Sporting Goa has netted 17 goals from seven matches, which is the highest in the league till date. India International Victorino Fernandes has contributed ten goals for the Flaming Oranje to put him on top of the GPL scorer’s chart.

Laxmi on the other hand have netted ten goals and they have come from various sources including  Alvito Miranda, Marcus Mascarenhas, foreigner Ndubuisi Opara and former Sporting Clube de Goa star Mackroy Peixote.

PHOTO: SCG Coach Oscar Bruzon watches on as his players have a shooting competition, at Don Bosco grd, Panjim


Grassroot Photo

The playfield at Don Bosco, Panjim literally turned Flaming Oranje  last Sunday.  It was a pleasant sight indeed, to behold over two hundred exuberant children aged between  9 to 11 divided into groups,  all decked in the SCG colors playing a circuit of games which apart from Small Sided Games included games of fun and skill.

The Grassroots Festival was declared open by Rev. Fr. Evan Carvalho Principal of Don Bosco High School, Panjim,  in the presence of Arjuna Award winner Mr. Bruno Coutinho and a host of SCG stars which included the likes of Boima Karpeh and Ravi Kumar.

Bruno Coutinho in fact had a dual role, as apart from being an iconic and inspirational figure for the kids,  he was also a proud father  escorting his son, at the festival.  Is it the making of another Bruno Coutinho ?

SCG President Peter Vaz was all smiles as he noted the impressive response to the Grassroots Festival and made it a point,  along with Bruno Coutinho,  to personally shake hands and distribute the Participation Certificates,  to each individual kid. Shaking hands with these two titans of Indian Football was the highlight for the participating kids who went home with this cherished memory and a Flaming Oranje jersey.

The festival drew kids from Bethesda Life Centre , Santa Cruz and Margaret Don Bosco Bal Sadan, Uccasaim apart from schools like Auxilliam (Caranzalem), Santo Minguel (Taleigao), Chubby Cheeks (Pilerne), Sacred Heart (Anjuna), St Clara’s (Assonora), St Ann’s (Tivim),St Joseph’s (Calangute), St Britto’s (Mapusa),  Rosary (Miramar),  Don Bosco( Panjim), Sharda Mandir(Miramar) and Mustifund (Panjim)

The half day Festival was conducted by SCG Head of Youth Development Mahesh Lotlikar assisted by coaches Javier Cabreras, Norbert Gonsalves, Alex Alvares, Seby Noronha and Anthony Vaz, under the overall supervision of SCG General Secretary Edward Noronha Competitions Director Angelo Albuquerque and CEO Victor Fernandes. The team  of volunteers was drawn from the Junior ranks of SCG. Elaborate arrangements were made for water points, breakfast  and lunch for all the participants.

This is the first of the season’s Grassroots Festivals planned by SCG with the objective of broadening up the base of its Football Development Pyramid.  The next Grassroots Festival is planned for South Goa on 16th November, 2014.

Apart from the Football Development angle, these festivals are also part of SCG Community Development Program which aims at reaching out  to the community around and especially the under privileged as seen by the presence at the Festival, of 30  children from Bethesda Life Centre, Santa Cruz and  Margaret Don Bosco Bal Sadan, Uccassaim.



Victorino nets hat-trick in Sporting Clube de Goa victory

Victorino Fernandes on the attack for SCG
Victorino nets hat-trick in Sporting Clube de Goa victory

14/09/14 Gfa Goa Pro League 2014/15 (Round 4)

Sporting Clube de Goa 3 (Victorino Fernandes 5’ 12’ 32)
Calangute Association 0

@ Duler Stadium, Mapusa

Victorino Fernandes netted a superb hat-trick in the opening 32 minutes as Sporting Clube de Goa cruised to a 3-0 victory over Calangute Association, in a round four match of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The Flaming Oranje led 3-0 at the interval.
Sporting Goa’s Victorino was handed his first start of the season and rewarded the fans with the first hat-trick of the Goa Pro League, with three well executed goals which took his tally for the season to five and puts him on top of the scorer’s charts.
The match took a sour note in the closing stages when the Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon was told to exit the bench by the referee after taking his protest too far with the fourth official, regarding on offside decision.
Sporting Goa raced into the lead after just four minutes when Victorino wonderfully controlled a long threw ball from Rahul Kumar, before lifting the ball over the defenders head and burying it into the bottom corner.
Eight minutes later a bouncing ball from Rahul was again collected by Victorino and this time he lobbed the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper’s head.
As the game progressed, Sporting Goa continued to grow in confidence and Beevan D’Mello sent in a delicious pass for Victorino who managed to give two rampaging Calangute defenders the slip and nail the ball into the back of the net.
Late on, Victorino received a nice reception from the large crowd as he left the field to be replaced by substitute Boima Jerry Karpeh.
The victory gives Sporting Goa their first win of the season and takes their tally to 5 points from four matches, while Calangute remain on a single point after the same number of games.

SCG's Victorino Fernandes nets his hat-trick in style
Sporting Clube de Goa: Melroy Fernandes (gk), Rahul Kumar, Pablo Zurera Gallardo, Clemente Joseph, Jovel Martins (c), Ganesh Thakur, Anto Xavier, Velito Cruz, Mauvin Borges, Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes.

*Sent off: (Oscar Bruzon/Coach’85)

Yellow card: (Jovel Martins ‘65)

Subs used: (Rowllin Borges in/ Anto‘58), (Stephene Barreto/ Ganesh out ‘60), (Boima Jerry Karpeh/ Victorino out ‘67)

Subs on bench: Sukdeb Ghosh, Creson Antao, Glan Martins, Rowllin Borges, Stephene Barreto, Olvin Cardoza, Boima Karpeh, Sadeek Ingalagondi

Calangute Association: Gerard D’Mello (gk), Jesmon Carvalho, Charles Cardoz (c), Jayesh Chopdekar, Elvino Fernandes, Bazileo Rego, Reagan Pereira, Stanley Coutinho, Gopi Gad, Harshad Naik, Felix Chidi Odili,

Yellow card: (Charles Cardoz ’38)

Subs used: (Colin Sieiro in/ Gopi out “46), (Eusebio Fernandes in/ Harshad out “55), Edber Sequeira in / Jesmon out “87)

Subs on bench: Xavier Estrocio, Eusebio Fernandes, Colin Sieiro, Jeevan Nalge, John Dias, Blake Haldankar, Edberg Sequeira, Craig Menezes, Yogesh Gauns, Brian Fernandes.

Sporting Clube de Goa’s new signings visit Charity

Star players from Sporting Clube de Goa brought along a very special surprise when they paid a community visit to the Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan Orphanage, at Bastora on Monday.
Sporting Clube de Goa recently roped in the highly rated Sesa FA trio comprising of defender Ganesh Thakur, midfielder Glan Martins and forward Olvin Cardozo and they were all present for the visit to the orphanage along with Creson Antao and Pratesh Shirodkar.
The young wards from the shelter were excited as they ran to the vehicles to greet the players. After a brief interaction, the boys performed a small exhibition match.
The game ended goalless and moved to penalties, where the Flaming Oranje stars joined in the fun.
Fr Joe Fernandes and Fr Kim Fernandes who do an admirable job in looking after these happy youngsters were part of the penalty shootout also.
The day continued with refreshments, before the Sporting Goa stars presented the Goa Pro League Winners trophy to the youngsters whose eyes lit up, with delight. “You are all winners”, proclaimed Pratesh, before allowing the children to bask in the glory of lifting the coveted cup, which Sporting Goa had won last season.
“It was a nice feeling to visit these boys,” stated Glan. Team mate Ganesh was equally as excited. “If we can inspire these boys to work hard, it is a positive step,” said Ganesh.
“I joined Sporting Clube de Goa not only for their style of play, but also because the efforts they make to connect with the community in Growing Goa’s Game,” remarked Olvin. In the past year they have developed an academy, adopted Schools, organised grass root tournaments, besides conducting All Goa trials,” added Olvin.
Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes was also present along with, Manager Angelo Albuquerque, General Secretary Edward Noronha and Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar.

PHOTO: SCG players and officials along with members of the Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan shelter