Francis Fernandes, Makeshien Gama and Menino Fernandes scored a hat-trick each as Clube athletic de Parra hammered Pilerne sports club 12-0 in Gfa’s 3rd division at Tembi ground, Anjuna on Saturday. Parra led 4-0 at the interval.
Francis’ first goal after just 12 minutes was the pick of the bunch as he drove in from the flank, waltzed through the defence and slipped the ball past the out rushing Pilerne custodian from the tightest off angles. By half time Francis added another and Makeshien scored two.
After the lemon break Parra finally cut loose and scored the goals they had been threatening to. Makeshien and Francis completed their hat-tricks, while Milind Pawar scored a brace within the opening twelve minutes of the second session. Menino Fernandes scored a golden hat-trick within the space of sixteen minutes and Oliver Pinto completed the demolition in injury time for Parra. With this win Parra stay firmly on course for qualifying for the play off’s.
At St Christopher ground, Tivim, Abdul kadar khan netted four goals as C.J. Brothers overcame Eagles sports club 5-0. Devraj Naik also was on target for C.J Brothers. C.J Brothers move to 15 points after winning all five of their matches so far.


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Current Kingfisher Goa Pro League leaders Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim and 2nd place Vasco sports club will both be in action on Sunday hoping to continue the successful start to the season, before the big four return from the Federation cup hungry to make up lost ground.
Cavelossim will face Sesa football academy at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, while Vasco sports club and Goa Velha will lock horns at Raia ground at 4p.m.
Cavelossim won their opening two matches convincingly against Calangute and Margao sports club, but slipped up in their last match losing 0-1 to Vasco sports club and will be looking to make amends and add to their six points when they take the field against Sesa.
Sesa, having lost their opening match against Sporting Clube de Goa have since drawn their last two matches 0-0 against Vasco sports and Calangute to leave them with 2 points from three matches. Although they have kept clean sheets in their last two matches, they have also not been able to find the back of the net in the last 180 minutes of play which will be of great concern to Sesa coach Clifford Chukwuma.
Vasco are one of only three teams still unbeaten in this season’s league after defeating Cavelossim and drawing with Sesa and Margao to leave them with five points. Bottom place Goa Velha are in serious need of a win having only one point from three games after a draw with Sporting and lost to Calangute and Dempo earlier.


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Sangolda Lightning club continued their winning ways as they defeated Candolim sports club 3-1 in Gfa’s 3rd division at Tembi ground, Anjuna on Friday. Sangolda led by three goals at the lemon break
After just six minutes James Soares netted to put Sangolda ahead. Twelve minutes later Ranjit Naik steered the ball in to double Sangolda’s lead. Just before the break Sachin Chopdekar punted in the third for Sangolda. After the lemon break Joelif Simoes struck a consolation goal for Candolim in the 56th minute. 
At St Christopher ground, Tivim the match between Sirsaim sports and welfare centre and FC Sanquelim was abandoned after 75 minutes with the score tied at 1-1.


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Colvale produce late fightback!

Youth sports club of Colvale netted three second half goals to spectacularly come from behind and draw 3-3 with BAFF, in GFA’s 3rd division at St Christopher ground, Tivim on Thursday. BAFF led 2-0 at the lemon break.
Vishnu Mandraker opened the scoring for BAFF in the 16th minute and within twenty minutes BAFF doubled their lead through Prasad Parab.
Colvale came out for the second session a rejuvenated side. In the 55th minute Andrew Fernandes pulled a goal back and twelve minutes later Milton Lobo brought them level.
Twenty minutes from the end Carl d’Souza punted into give Colvale the lead for the first time in the game, but seven minutes from time Vishnu grabbed his second for BAFF to ensure they come away with at least a point for their trouble.
At St Anthony’s church ground, Siolim, Cunchelim sports club and Xetrapal sports club drew 1-1 in an exciting encounter. Shekar Ashvekar opened the scoring for Xetrapal in the 3rd minute, but Nitin Deuskar equalized for Cunchelim in the 64th.
PVC Parra and Sai Avtar sports club drew 2-2 at Tembi ground, Anjuna. Atish Moraskar punted in to give Parra a solitary goal lead at the break.
Seventeen minutes from time, Abhijeet Salgaokar leveled things up from the spot for Sai Avtar, but within six minutes Parra regained their lead through Varsant Gadekar. In the dying minutes Ashok Bandekar popped up to rescue a valuable point for Sai Avtar.

First published in Herald on 23rd September 2011.

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Rawal hits four goals for St Domnic Savio!

Sukanand Rawal bagged four goals as St Domnic Savio sports club, Calvim thrashed Quitula sports club 6-1 to qualify for the play off’s in GFA’s 3rd division at Quitula ground on Wednesday. St Domnic led 3-0 at the interval.
Friends XI sports club won the Bardez group “D” with 12 points from four matches, followed by St Domnic with 9 points. Augustias finished third with 6 points, Quitula were fourth with 3 points and Sinquerim finished last with nil points.
Both teams were fully geared up for the game knowing that the winners would secure the second play off place.  After just three minutes Nitin Gaddi gave St Domnic an early lead by finishing off a crisp move which started on the left flank.
In the 13th minute Nicholas Barbosa nearly brought Quitula on level terms when his 30 yard dipping drive was wonderfully pushed on to the cross bar by the St Domnic goalkeeper.
It took St Domnic a full thirty minutes to double the lead when Sukanand blasted in from close. Within three minutes Sukanand rounded the Quitula custodian to put his side three up.
St Domnic continued where they left off after the change of ends, when Sushant Gosavi calmly slotted past the Quitula goalkeeper in the 48th.
In the 73rd minute Nicholas Barbosa gave Quitula a ray of hope when he cleverly struck a free kick low under the wall and into the back of the net, but within two minutes Sukanand was played in on goal and netted his third.
Two minutes from time Sukanand again stormed towards the goal and by now everyone realized there would be only one outcome. Sukanand tapped in at the second time of asking after his initial shot came back of the post to his amazement.
At St Anthony’s church ground, Siolim, Holy cross sports club, Arambol overcame St Anthony’s sports club, Marna 3-0 with goals from Clement Rodrigues, Domnic Alphonso and Cedric Rodrigues. Holy cross led by a solitary goal at the break.
At Tembi ground, Anjuna, Siddesh Chopdekar scored a hat-trick as Adarsh Yuvak Sangh, Saligao overcame Guirim youth & cultural club 5-1. The match was tied 1-1 at the lemon break after Lasi Fernandes had opened the scoring for Adarsh and Franky Cruz equalized for Guirim. Vivek Konkolkar found the winner two minutes from the end for Adarsh.
 First published in Herald on 22nd september 2011.

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A tactical battle field on show, as 3rd place Vasco sports club gets ready to take on 9th place Sesa Football academy in round 4 of the Kingfisher Goa Pro League at Raia ground on Thursday at 4p.m.
Vasco are currently on 4 points from two matches after a goalless draw on the opening day with newcomers Margao sports club and then snatching a solitary goal win over league leaders Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim. A win against Sesa would propel them to the top. Vasco will be missing midfielder Jerose Oliveria through suspension.
Sesa fought gallantly in their opening match against Sporting Clube de Goa, but came of second best losing 1-2 and in their second encounter played out a goalless draw with Calangute Association, leaving them only with a point from a possible six. A victory on Thursday will be just what the doctor ordered to get them out of the relegation cauldron.
This will be the first game of the season played at the Raia ground and it will give both sides a chance to whip up support in front of a neutral crowd, as Vasco and Sesa play away from their usual fortress, Duler stadium and Tilak Maidan respectively.


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Benny top Bardez group E!

 Benny XI sports club, Mapusa topped the group In the final Bardez group “E” match after holding onto a 1-1 draw with second place Vagator Parish youth sports club in GFA’S 3rd division at Chapora ground on Tuesday. Both goals came before the break.
Before a ball had even been kicked both teams knew that they had qualified for the play offs, but who would finish 1st was yet to be resolved. The draw gave Benny XI the top place with 10 points and a +12 goal difference, while Vagator finished on 10 points and a +7 goal difference. ABC Arambol finished 3rd with 6 points, Arpora sporting fourth with 3 points and Chapora Yuvak Sangh last with nil points.
In a well fought encounter with a lot at stake, Benny dominated possession early on, but Vagator seemed to grow in confidence as the game grew older and had the better chances in front of goal in a match which both teams were shy of finding the target.
In the 13th minute Benny opened the scoring from an unlikely source. Benny’s Calvin D’Souza chipped the ball into the danger zone and a Vagator defender firmly headed the ball past his own keeper, but the match officials were feeling generous and awarded the goal to Calvin.
In the 30 minute, 20 year old Vagator midfielder Stepleton Fernandes scored his third goal in three games as he nearly broke the back of the net with a 30 yard shot which harpooned its way into the top corner of the goal.
In the second session, both teams made changes, with Benny bringing in Bosco Monteiro to take control of the midfield. It was Vagator who showed more urgency, but any instance of narrowing in on the Benny goal, saw a cloud of defenders doing their job effectively.
Benny defender Leoberto Castelino received the only booking of the game in the 76th minute for bringing down his opponent on the edge of the box.
“We are happy to top the group and qualify for the play off’s, but our intention is to eventually be promoted back to the second division,” reasoned Benny coach Jude Fernandes.
“We desperately wanted to win and we tried different things and changed things around, but it was not to be,” stated Vagator coach Ashley Fernandes.
At St Christopher ground, Tivim C.J. Brothers trounced St Christopher sports 8-1, with a brace for Abdul Khan and Sayed Sheikh. Safin Khan, Badami Gaunce, Devraj Naik and Ashish Naik also scored. Anslem Ferrao had initially opened the scoring for St Christopher after just two minutes.
At Tembi ground, Anjuna, a brace from Mohidin Khan and a goal from Diego Fernandes gave St Sebastian sports club a 3-0 win over Holiday sports club.
Friend’s XI, Vaddem sports club defeated Augustias sports club 4-0 at Quitula ground, with a brace each for Frazier Fernandes and Sanjay Mayekar to qualify for the play off’s.


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