ARPORA HIT SEVEN!

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Sensational Swapnil Shirodkar netted four times as Arpora sporting club hammered Chapora Yuvak Sangh 7-0 in Gfa’s 3rd division at Chapora ground on Monday. Arpora led by three at the interval.
Pusparaj  Mandraker opened the scoring for Arpoa after just four minutes. Swapnil scored two goals either side of the break, before Remino Estroocio and Agostine Oliveria converted in the closing stages for Arpora.
At Quitula ground, Augustias sporting club upset the hosts as they defeated Quitula sports club 3-1. Pundalik Naik and Mervyn Fernandes gave Augustias a 2-0 cushion within the first half hour.
 Amit Harlankar pulled one back for Quitula ten minutes before half time to give his side a glimmer of hope, but their hopes were dashed In the 81st when Eusebio Texeria wonderfully finished for Augustias.

first published in Hearald on 13th september 2011.

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CALANGUTE AND SESA LOOK FOR FIRST WIN/ SPORTING LOCK HORNS WITH GOA VELHA

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Calangute Association will take on Sesa football academy in the Kingfisher Pro League at Poriat stadium, Calangute on Monday. At Duler stadium, Mapusa, Goa Velha sports club will take on Sporting Clube de Goa.
Calangute lost their opening match to Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim 0-3 and will be looking to make amends against Sesa. Sesa come into the game after losing to Sporting clube de Goa 1-2.
Goa Velha who was drubbed by Dempo sports club 0-6 in their first game will be looking to strengthen their defence when they take on Sporting. Last season Goa velha snatched a 1-0 victory over Sporting thanks to an Alber Gonsalves effort. In the return match Sporting triumphed 4-1 with a brace from Rovan Pereira and goals from Steven Fernandes and Avelino Fernandes. Saprem Diukar hit a consolation goal for Goa Velha.

First appeard at www.goa-fa.com on 12th september 2011.

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CHURCHILL BROTHERS SNEAK WIN

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After just three minutes ND Opara finished calmly to give 10 men Churchill Brothers a 1-0 victory over Dempo sports club in the Kingfisher Goa pro league at Duler stadium, here on Sunday.
Dempo came into the match with a win under their belt, while Churchill were in badly need of a win after losing their opening encounter. ND Opara slotted in to give them a hard fought three points after being played in by Jerry Zirsanga in the third minute.
“We conceded early through a silly mistake, which put us on the back foot for the remaining of the game, it is a very disappointing,” remarked Dempo coach Mauricio Afonso.
“The whole team worked hard to grind out the win, as our opponents never gave up and we did not expect them to,” stated Churchill coach Mariano Dias.
Churchill’s central midfielder Jerry Zirsanga was sent off in the closing stages after receiving his second yellow card. His first came in the 50th for a reckless tackle on Dempo’s Ranty Martins, while his second was for unnecessarily wasting time. 
Churchill played a strict 4-4-2. After scoring early they then had the job of keeping out Dempo for 87 minutes. Felix D’souza played brilliantly for Churchill in the goal and was assisted by a very strong defence especially the extremely tall Anton Kovic who blocked anything that moved. Churchill left out Beto and Henri Anchouet which meant they were not so threatening in front of goal.
Dempo were shocked by the early goal and didn’t really recover after that. They had many of their India internationals on show such as Climax Lawrence, Mahesh Gawli, and Debrata Roy but they seemed of the pace, lacking sharpness and will take some time to get back to their best after a tiring last season. 
A mix up within the Dempo defence allowed Jerry to slip the ball through for ND Opara after just three minutes and he only needed one invitation in front of goal to put Churchill ahead.
Ranty Martins and koko Sakibo tried their best to pressurize the Churchill defence but were left frustrated after narrowly missing the target from close.
The hardworking Anthony Pereira swapped from the right to the left wing with Brian Mascarenhas, to try and make some headway, but resorted back to his original position just before the break after having little success.
Fifteen minutes into the second session Anthony crossed for koko but his header was saved. Moments later Churchill substitute Savio Carneiro made a tricky run into the Dempo box, but could not keep his composure and was stopped in his tracks.
Ten minutes from the end Dempo had their best chance of the game, when Anthony crossed for Clifton Gonsalves who did not make the best of connections, but the ball fell to Substitute Nicolau Borges who headed the ball against the bar. From the rebound Felix made a spectacular double save to deny Ranti Martins and then Nicolau, which just about summed up Dempo’s afternoon.

First published in Herald on 14th september 2011.

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COLVALE NET SUPER EIGHT

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Aiden Fernandes netted a fantastic four times as Youth sports club of Colvale thrashed Eagle sports club 8-0 in Gfa’ 3rd division at St Christopher’s church ground, Tivim on Sunday. Colvale scored four in each half. Asher Santa Maria, Filzano Ratos, Anthony Xaiver and Julian D’silva also scored for Colvale.
At Tembi ground, Anjuna, Sai Avtar sports club defeated Guirim youth & cultural club 3-1, with a brace from Abhijeet Salgaokar after Rohan Ratwal initially opened the scoring for Sai Avtar. Dinesh Maltaker netted a consolation goal ten minutes from time for Guirim.

first published in Herald on 12th September 2011.

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FANTASTIC FOUR FROM IAN

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Ian Rodrigues scored four fantastic goals as Holy cross sports club drubbed Cunchelim sports club 7-0 in GFA’s 3rd division at St Anthony’s church ground Siolim. Holy cross led through a Hement Rodrigues goal at half time. Prajoy Fernandes and Domnic Alfonso also added to the total.
At St Christopher ground, Tivim, Sirsaim sports welfare and cultural club defeated St Christopher sports club 4-2, with a brace from Floyd Fernandes and goals from Drynan Pereira and Kenny Dias. Nathano Drago and Aasley Alemao reduced the deficit.
At Tembi ground, Anjuna, the match ended prematurely after 55 minutes, when Adarsh Yuvak Sangh went down to six men through injury having started with only seven players. St Sebastian was awarded the three points having led 5-0 at the time with a brace from Steven Fernandes and a goal each for Samuel Almeida, kashinut Usparskar and Diego Fernandes.

First published in Hearld on 12th September 2011.

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C.J. BROTHER COME FROM BEHIND TO WIN

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A second half brace from Abdul Khan allowed C.J Brothers, Valpoi to defeat BAFF 2-1 in the GFA’s 3rd division at St Christopher’s ground, Tivim on Friday. The match was goalless at the interval.
Akxyn Vergulekar was sent off for C.J Brothers in the 80th minute for his second bookable offence, but he was hardly missed as C.J Brothers were in command by this stage.
Abdul Khan was clearly the match winner for C.J brothers with his immaculate touch, but there were others like Shafin Khan and Sanjay Waghmude when he came on at half time who contributed with his pace closing down quickly.
BAFF played a 4-1-4-1 formation with Suraj kauthankar sitting just infront of the defence. This allowed them to break down their opponents in midfield in the first half, but once BAFF took the lead in the second session early on C.J Brothers seemed to switch on and overpower their opponents.
In the first have C.J brothers came close, but could not break the deadlock, while BAFF tried their luck from too far out which C.J Brothers were quite happy about. The best was yet to unfold after the restart.
Two minutes after the break, BAFF shocked their opponents when Suraj Kauthankar who was one of the shortest players on the field popped up to head home from a corner.
Six minutes later BAFF’s Vishnu Singh did well to run in on goal and place it past the keeper, but C.J Brother’s defender Ashish Gawas spotted the danger early and got back just in time to clear the ball away.
In the 56th minute C.J Brother’s Abdul Khan spectacularly dragged the ball past his marker on the left side and then proceeded to chip the ball ever so delicately, reminiscent of a golfer trying to get out of a bunker which stunned everybody as it flew into the back of the net. 
Five minutes later Abdul moved into a similar position and the defender desperately took him down by his legs. Abdul got up of the floor to convert the penalty by blasting straight down the middle.
In the closing stages BAFF tried to find the equalizer but their attempts were kept out by the C.J Brothers goalkeeper.
At Tembi ground, Anjuna, PVC Parra defeated Holiday sports club 8-0. Holiday started with only eight men but only conceded three at half time. Atish Moraskar and Vijaynanda Shetye netted a brace each. Brian Fernandes, Fortunatae Soares, Joaquim Pacheco and Morgan Fernandes also scored.
At ST Anthony’s church ground, Siolim, FC Siolim overcame Xetrapal Sports club 4-2. Melroy D’Souza opened the scoring for Siolim after just four minutes, but within six minutes Pranay Goltekar put Xetrapal back on level terms. Alexander Fernandes punted in the 33rd minute to restore Siolim’s lead going into the break. Three minutes after the change of ends Joseph Noronha netted before Costa Fernandes stretched the lead in the 70th minute for Siolim. Shavis Ashvekar reduced the margin in the 90th minute.

first published in Herald on 9th September 2011.

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CAVELOSSIM START WITH WIN

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A brace from Nigerian striker Emmanuel Okoro gave new Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim coach Bibiano Fernandes the start he so craved for as they defeated Calangute association 3-0 in GFA’s kingfisher pro league at Poriat ground on Wednesday. Cavelossim led 1-0 at the interval.
Cavelossim’s Emmanuel opened the scoring with his head in the 34th minute and added his second nine minutes from time again through a header. Reagan D’souza scored the goal of the match in the 59th minute with an effort from distance.
Being the first Pro league game at the stadium, there was no entry fee which left a very large crowd to lap up the great atmosphere. Trumpets could be heard and housie tickets were being sold by the dozen.
The Cavellosim team seemed to be enjoying themselves on the mucky turf. Having two foreigners made the difference as they easily won the physical duals.
Calangute in contrast had no foreigners and played with only Drupesh Dessai upfront which left them with limited options. The defence also looked a bit suspect at times and failed to pin down the opposition.
Calangute’s Omkar Singh hit a fantastic shot from distance after just five minutes, but it was pushed away for a corner by the Cavelossim custodian.
In the sixteenth minute Jorex Fernandes tried a shot from outside the box for Cavelossim, but the ball sailed over the bar.
Eight minutes before the breather the ball was played into the Calangute box and the Calangute goalkeeper made a real mess of things as he flew off his goal line, but did not secure the ball, allowing Emmanuel to head  Cavelossoim in front.
On the stroke of half time Calangute nearly found the equalizer when a corner was pushed onto the post by the Cavelossim custodian.
Fourteen minutes into the second half Cavellosim doubled their lead when the ball was neatly played into the path of Reagan d’Souza and he had only one thing on his mind when he rifled it into the bottom right hand corner of the net from 30 yards out.
Both teams continued to make changes mainly to their midfield, as they began to tire. Nine minutes from time Dickson Rogtao crossed from the right side and Emmanuel bravely dived to head in his second and Cavelossim’s third. The final whistle brought jubilation to the faces of the travelling Cavelossim supporters.
In the after match press conference both coaches shook hands and smiled. Bibiano said he was delighted to get the better of his former his coach, but admitted he had learn’t a lot from Vishwas when he was his coach at Sporting Clube de Goa. “It is always nice to start with a win, but I can tell you I also have a lot of respect for Vishwas as a coach, as I played under him.” Bibiano also mentioned that he will only utilize himself as a player if his team is not winning.
Calangute coach Vishwas Gaonkar was not disappointed with the performance of the team but admitted he is desperately low on fire power. “Considering we have only played two friendly matches, I cannot be to upset with the boy’s, there were a lot of positives to take from the game, but we are definitely lacking a striker.

First published in Herald on 8th september 2011.

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