GFA Taca Goa U-20 League
Sporting Clube de Goa hammered Curtorim Gymkhana 11-0 in Gfa’s Taca Goa U-20 League at the practice ground, Fatorda, on Saturday. Sporting Goa led 3-0 at the breather after Harshad Naik netted a brace and Akeraj Martins also scored.
In the second session Sporting Goa’s Akeraj completed his hat-trick with a further two goals. Quan Gomes and Pristo Fernandes also managed to get their names on the score sheet with a goal apiece.
Sporting Goa Substitute Delbert Fernandes rose of the bench to bag four fantastic goals in quick succession to inflate the lead and take his personal tally to seven goals in two matches.
The pick of the bunch was Akeraj’s third for the Flaming Oranje, after he went on a slalom run past three defenders and played a return pass with Delbert before sinking the ball into the back of the net.
“I am happy with the result and more importantly the performance. After the last game we worked on a few things and tweaked some areas. Today the players responded beautifully,” remarked Sporting Goa’s U20 Coach Norbert Gonsalves.
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.
With just four more rounds to play, it’s a very crucial game for both teams as McDowell’s Mohun Bagan and Sporting Clube de Goa battle it out in the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday. The kick off time is 4.30pm.
Sporting Goa is currently on a five game unbeaten run where they have won two and drawn three. In their last encounter they defeated Bharat FC comfortably 2-0.
Sporting Goa defender Sandesh Jhingan is still out injured and Trinidad and Tobago striker Anthony Wolfe is suspended for the Flaming Oranje, but Nigerian talisman Odafa Okoli is back just in time from injury to play against his former team.
“Sandesh is injured and Wolfe is suspended, but Odafa is back from injury which will give us a boost,” remarked Sporting Goa Coach Mathew Costa.
Mohun Bagan is at full strength, although central midfielder Denson Devdas is doubtful. “Devdas took a knock on his knee in practice so we will have to see if he has recovered,” stated Mohun Bagan Coach Sanjoy Sen.
Sporting Goa is currently bottom of the table with 14 points from sixteen games, while Mohun Bagan is top of the table with 32 points from the same number of matches.
PHOTO: (Left to right) Bagan’s Sony Norde, Bagan Coach Sanjoy Sen, SCG Coach Mathew Costa and SCG’s Odafa Okoli at the press conference in Panjim.
GOA PRO LEAGUE 2014/15
Sporting Clube de Goa lock horns with Calangute
A fantastic atmosphere in store as Sporting Clube de Goa get set to do battle with Calangute Association in a round four match of Gfa’s Goa Pro League, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The kick off time is 4pm.
Both teams are still in search of their first win in the league, which raises the stakes even higher and makes the game that much more exciting for the fans.
Sporting Goa has drawn with Salgaocar and Dempo, while they suffered a minor hiccup losing to Sesa, to leave them with 2 points from four games.
Calangute on the other hand managed to draw with Churchill Brothers in their opening game, before losing to league leaders Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim and Vasco Sports Club and have only a point to show for their hard work.
The Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon believes that many young new players arrived in the transfer window and they needed time to gel.
“This year we have assembled a very talented squad and I am confident once the players click there will be no looking back and we will go on a long winning run,” remarked Oscar.
Calangute Coach Gavin Araujo is putting on a brave face and is equally optimistic on his team’s chances. “We should have had at least two wins by now, but we conceded very late goals on two occasions which cost us dearly. We have been working on that and my players are raring to go,” stated Gavin.
Sporting Goa could be boosted by their leading marksmen and the league’s top scorer of last season Boima Jerry Karpeh who returned to training this week.
Star midfielder Rowlin Borges has also begun training, after returning from national duty and could be the catalyst to fire up the Flaming Oranje.
Bardez trio Charles Cardoza, Jesmon Carvalho and Lesten Martins who left Sporting Goa in the summer will be in action for Calangute and will be eager to prove a point.
Odafe Okalie netted a hat-trick as Mohun Bagan stormed to a 3-1 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa in the Aiff’s I-League, in Kolkata on Sunday. Bagan led 2-0 at the interval.
Mohun Bagan made a strong start to the game and got their noses in front after Odafe curled in a beautiful free kick after just 16 minutes.
Three minutes before the interval, Odafe got himself into a good position to slot home off a corner kick and double Bagan’s lead.
After resumption, Sporting Goa came out with new ideas and impetus to get back into the game, but yet again Odafe breached the defence at the other end to seal his hat-trick for Bagan in the 56th.
Deep into injury time Sporting Goa’s Joseph Pereira blasted in after Dawson Fernandes’ initial attempt came flying back of the cross bar.