In front of a large packed crowd, Sporting Clube de Goa was held to a goalless draw by Calangute Association in round 4 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Wednesday.
Calangute came close to breaking the dead lock early on when Felix Odili shot swerved just past the post.
In the second session, Sporting Goa midfielder Cajetan Fernandes hit a rasping shot from 25 yards out, but was denied by the cross bar.
Sporting Goa continued to commit men forward and had a number of good chances to surge ahead with Odafa Okolie, Sumeet Passi, and Ganesh Thakur all coming close.
In the end both teams had to be content with a point each. With this result Calangute move to 8 points, while the Flaming Oranje moves to four points.
Sporting Clube de Goa take on Calangute Association in round 4 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Wednesday. The kick off time is 4pm.
After two successive losses, Sporting Goa registered their first win in the league in the last round with a comfortable 5-1 victory over bottom placed Curtorim Gymkhana.
Calangute on the other hand managed a goalless draw in their last encounter against Salgaocar and will be looking to get back to winning ways after making a good start to the league.
Calangute are currently on 7 points from three matches, while Sporting Goa is on 3 points from the same number of games.
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.
Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim in round 2 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. The kick off time is 4pm.
Sporting Goa lost their opening match to Churchill Brothers 0-3, while Cavelossim were defeated 1-2 by Calangute Association in another round one game.
Both teams will be eager to pick up their first points of the season, which will make the contest that much more exciting.
Sporting Clube de Goa’s Nigerian sharp shooter Odafa Okolie sat out the first round, but is all set to feature in this game.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa train ahead of the game, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim.
Goa Pro League 2015/16
Churchill Brothers Sports Club overcame ten men Sporting Clube de Goa 3-0 in Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler stadium, Mapusa on Thursday. Churchill led 2-0 at the breather.
Sporting Goa had to play virtually the whole game with ten men after debutant Issac Negredo was sent off after just two minutes for a foul in the box. From the resulting penalty Kamaldeep Singh put Churchill in front.
Ten minutes later Churchill managed to double their lead when Pankaj Sona curled the ball into the back of the net directly from a corner kick.
Changing over Sporting Goa fought back resiliently and created chances, but could not breach the rival citadel.
In the final ten minutes Churchill sealed victory after the Sporting Goa custodian failed to clear the ball which allowed Seriton Fernandes to walk the ball into an empty net.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Mauvin Borges sprints down the flank.
Goa Pro League 2015/16
Sporting Clube de Goa will kick off the 2015/16 campaign when they take on Churchill Brothers Sports Club in Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Thursday. The kick off time is 4pm.
Sporting Goa narrowly lost to Salgaocar by a solitary goal in the Charity Cup match last weekend, although there were plenty of positives the coach took away from the game.
Promising youngsters Ponif Vaz and Ndidi Chukwuma made their debuts against Salgaocar. More new signings are set to follow suit and don the famous Flaming Oranje jersey for the first time in this encounter.
Keeping with tradition, the team offered mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, at Don Bosco in Panjim on Tuesday, which was attended by the players and management, including SCG President Peter Vaz, CEO Victor Fernandes and well wishers. The team Jersey and equipment was blessed.
To commemorate the recent 200th Birth anniversary of Saint John Don Bosco, Sporting Clube de Goa presented a special edition framed jersey to the Don Bosco Principal Rev. Fr. Avin Carvalho, which was personally signed by the entire first team squad.
PHOTO: SCG President Peter Vaz presenting the commemorative jersey to Fr. Avin at Don Bosco, Panjim.
Aslon Oliveira netted the solitary goal as Salgaocar FC defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in Gfa’s Charity Cup match at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at the interval.
The referee was kept busy dishing out four yellow cards to each team, mostly resulting from late tackles.
Just as it looked like being a baron first half, Salgaocar won a free kick on the edge of the box, which Brian Mascarenhas struck onto the cross bar and Aslon reacted quickest to head into the net.
Midway through the second half Salgaocar introduced their Scottish striker Daryl Duffy who made an immediate impact when he controlled a long ball, but saw his fierce strike saved by the Flaming Oranje custodian.
Sporting Goa had their moments to equalize. Marcus Mascarenhas came closest to restoring parity when he headed a cross from Jovel Martins on to the woodwork.
PHOTO: A Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa player battle for the ball, at Duler.