Sporting Clube de Goa trounce Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim

GFA Taca Goa U-20 League

Super Sub Delbert Fernandes grabbed a hat-trick as Sporting Clube de Goa trounced Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim 7-2 in Gfa’s Taca Goa U-20 league at the practice ground, Fatorda on Thursday. Sporting Goa led 2-1 at the breather.

It was Cavelossim who took the initiative when Floyd Fernandes punted in to the back of the net in the opening five minutes.

Stung by the setback, Sporting Goa stepped on the gas and were rewarded when Akeraj Martins soon equalised. Just before the interval Deryl D’Costa struck to give the Flaming Oranje the lead.

In the second session, Jesmon Soares added a brace to swell the lead and soon after Delbert who came on to replace Akeraj added two more for Sporting Goa.

In the dying stages Mendes pulled another goal back for Cavelossim, although there was still time for Delbert to complete the rout with his third of the game.

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Akeraj graduates to Sporting Goa senior team

Akeraj graduates to Sporting Goa senior team

The young speedy striker Akeraj Martins created Sporting History on Friday after becoming the first player to graduate to the Sporting Clube de Goa senior side after representing all the SCG age group Academy teams namely U-14, U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-20.

Akeraj was elated with the promotion. Speaking after signing Professional terms with his boy-hood club at the SCG Headquarters said “My dream is finally turning into reality. I will work hard in training and take my opportunities when they come.”

Akeraj turned 18 just a fortnight ago and could become the youngest player to don the famous Flaming Oranje jersey when the Goa Pro League kicks off next month.

“Akeraj has shown tremendous maturity over the years which allowed the club to let him play with an older age group to keep challenging him and continue his long term development. He has also captained the various teams’ right up to the U-19 I-League on numerous occasions,” stated Sporting Goa’s Manager Angelo Albuquerque.

Local boy Akeraj hails from Don Paula and studies at Don Bosco in Panjim which has made his transition through the SCG ranks a smooth one. He fondly remembers coming to School as a youngster and watching the Sporting Goa senior team train on a daily basis which inspired him to reach for the stars.

For his School he has won a lot of silver-ware, where he trained under the dedicated PE teacher Francis Raposa who taught him the fundamentals of football and discipline. The highlight for Akeraj was winning the Mir Iqbal Hussein U-15 trophy.

Apart from supporting Sporting Clube de Goa, Akeraj also follows Manchester United in the EPL and his favourite player is the mercurial Wayne Rooney. Although Akeraj is not the biggest of players, he sure makes up for it with his explosiveness and eye for goal.

Akeraj has proudly represented the state of Goa at various National age group competitions. He has also played in the Gfa 1st division with Panjim Footballers after helping them come up from the 3rd tier of Goan Football.

“The club is delighted with Akeraj’s progress having been with us right from the start of his career. We are happy that our Youth development programme is starting to bear fruit and also fulfil our President Peter Vaz’s aspirations of promoting Goan talent,” commented Sporting Clube de Goa’s CEO Victor Fernandes.

“We are hoping Akeraj can become a role model for more students to transform their passion into a profession and play for Sporting Clube de Goa,” stated Don Bosco Principal Rev FR. Avin Carvalho.

Sporting Clube de Goa edge out SAI Hostel

Sporting Clube de Goa's Akeraj Martins attempts a volley
GFA U-18 LEAGUE

Akeraj Martins scored a majestic second half goal as 10-men Sporting Clube de Goa got their campaign off to a flyer, defeating 10-men SAI Hostel 2-1 in Gfa’s U-18 League at Cansaulim ground, on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.

Sporting Goa took the lead in the 35th minute through a penalty, after Akeraj Martins was sent crashing to the ground. Terence D’Mello stepped up and stroked home the spot kick for the Flaming Oranje.

After resumption, Sporting Goa pressed forward at every opportunity with an ambition to strengthen their lead.

16 year old Akeraj who starred for the Flaming Oranje in the U-19 I-League recently, showed peak form as he won the ball in the opposition’s final third and curled a beautiful shot into the top corner to double Sporting Goa’s lead.

Full credit goes to SAI, who pushed forward with great intent and pulled a goal back four minutes later through Domnic Soares, to set up an exciting end.

The match was overshadowed, when the referee sent off SAI’s Vishwadeep Solakhe for a very bad challenge and Sporting Goa’s Benedicto Dias for retaliating.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s young gun Akeraj Martins attempts a volley, at Cansaulim ground.

Sporting Clube de Goa overcome Salgaocar

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U-19 I-LEAGUE

Teen sensation, Mauvin Borges netted the winner in the 83rd minute as Sporting Clube de Goa raced to a 1-0 victory over Salgaocar Football Club, in the Aiff’s U-19 I-League at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Friday. The match was goalless at the breather.
Before kickoff Salgaocar was on 7 points from three games, while Sporting Goa was on 3 points from two matches and so the onus was on the Flaming Oranje to pick up some points away from home.
The first half was a drab affair with neither team making any real headway. Salgaocar had the only clear cut opportunity after just four minutes when James Fernandes squared the ball to Shubert Colaco, but he failed to make a good connection and the ball fizzled out.
Changing over Sporting Goa, came out off their shell and started to play with confidence as they chiseled out some dangerous moves.
Midway through the second half Sporting Goa’s Chingakham Singh attempted a long range shot from 45yards which forced the rival custodian into action.
Moments later, Sporting Goa’s Akeraj Martins was played through with a clever pass and from the right channel sent in a teasing cross, which was flapped to safety by the Salgaocar custodian.
In the closing stages, Sporting Goa had a hand ball shout for a penalty waved away by the referee, which seemed to spur them on.
Sporting Goa responded, as Mauvin Borges shot low into the back of the net through a crowded box to earn his side a vital three points, as the team celebrated joyfully.
“In the first half we were too direct which I didn’t like, but in the second half we were perfect. A combination of short passes and intensity gave us the edge,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Javier Cabrera.
With this win Sporting Goa closed the gap at the top and moved to 6 points from three matches, while Salgaocar stays on 7 points after four outings.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s captain Charles Cardoz marks his opponent tightly.

Salgaocar FC: Jovial Coutinho (gk), Schubert Costa, Anthony Cardozo, Domnic Soares, Nevin Pereira, Shubert Colaco, Rayman Fernandes (c), Samson Furtado, Prestley Colaco, Albino Pereira, James Fernandes.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Alison Fernandes (gk), Jesmon Carvalho, Alfex D’souza, Chingakham Singh, Gaurav Kundu, Jovel Fernandes, Jeremy Menezes, Lesten Martins, Akeraj Martins, Mauvin Borges, Charles Cardozo (C).

Flaming Oranje Juniors qualify for play offs

Sporting Goa U-16 team which qualified for Play-offs

Sporting Goa U-16 team which qualified for Play-offs


GFA U-16 LEAGUE
Akeraj Martins netted a fabulous five times as Sporting Clube de Goa qualified for the Ilhas play-offs after trouncing Don Bosco Oratory 10-0 in Gfa’s U-16 league at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Wednesday. Sporting Goa led 6-0 at the interval.
Don Bosco fielded a very young side which put up a heroic performance, but succumbed to the smooth and slick movement of their opponents.
Jonathan Cardoza opened the scoring within 97 seconds as he blasted straight down the middle to complete a good passing move by his team mates.
Within a twelve minute spell Akeraj achieved a golden hat-trick, utilising his pace and clinical finishing which made it look easy.
Dion Fernandes galloped forward on the half hour mark to blast in the fifth and just three minutes later Akeraj found the back of the net yet again.
Changing over, Akeraj placed the ball home for his fifth and Sporting Goa’s seventh. In the last ten minutes Elmer Sequeira bagged a hat-trick, for the second match in succession to cap of a great win.
The Flaming Oranje Juniors completed their 1st round appointments with 12 points after four wins from four matches.