COLVALE ON TOP!

Aidan Fernandes netted a first half brace as Youth sports club of Colvale showed their dominance to defeat St Christopher sports club 5-1 in GFA’s 3rd division at St Christopher ground, Tivim on Friday. Colvale cruised into the breather leading 4-0.
Alexander Fernandes and Aidan Fernandes were booked for Colvale, while Jayson D’souza was St Christopher’s only booking.
Philino Ratos was the architect in the Colvale victory. From the centre of midfield he pulled the strings, chipping the ball accurately for his team mates to score.
A couple of the St Christopher attacking player’s were involved in a college final in the morning and it took its toll as they were clearly struggling to break through the Colvale defence.
Colvale opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Anthony Xavier struck with the most gentle of strikes, but his perfect placement in the corner made it difficult to keep out.
Seven minutes later Philino chipped the ball into the path of Aidan Fernandes and he finished with a thunderbolt which pierced the net.
Ten minutes later the St Christopher team was caught out on the counter and Colvale’s Edward Pinto sent Aidan racing through on goal for his second of the match.
On the stroke of half time the St Christopher goalkeeper came out of his goal area and committed a foul and was rightly booked. From the resulting free kick Colvale’s Edward managed to strike the ball low through the wall and it took a nasty bounce to wrong foot the St Christopher custodian on its way in.
Five minutes in the second session Colvale brought on speedy winger Andrew Fernandes and within seven minutes he added his name to the score sheet. Philino played another delightful chip forward and with the momentum of the bounce Andrew lifted it ever so high over the outrushing St Christopher custodian, before the ball eventually dipped and rested in the bottom corner of the net.
With four minutes of the game left, St Christopher’s Melito Fernandes drove in a strong hopeful cross from the left, picking out Gideon Dovi who scored a consolation goal on the half volley.
At Chapora ground, Cedric Rodrigues scored a brace for Vagator parish youth sports club as they overcame Chapora Yuvak Sangh 4-1. Lester Albuerque and Stepleton Fernandes also scored for Vagator. Datraj Mulgaonkar had initially opened the scoring for Chapora in the ninth minute, but by half time Vagator led 2-1 and added a further two after the restart.

First published in Herald on 16th September 2011.

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GOA VELHA AND CALANGUTE LOOK FOR FIRST WIN!

Goa Velha sports club and Calangute Association will look for their first win of the season when they meet in the Kingfisher Pro League at Duler stadium, Mapusa on Saturday.
Goa Velha were crushed 0-6 by current holders Dempo sports club in their first outing, but then went on to put up a defiant display when they held Sporting Clube de Goa to a 1-1 draw despite playing with ten men for most part of the second half after their striker Donald Rocha was sent off.
Donald will be suspended for this tie, which will be a big blow to the Goa Velha coach Lino Pereira’s attacking options and they will hope striker Royden Camelo who scored against Sporting in the last game will have remembered his scoring boots.
Calangute suffered a shocking 0-3 defeat in their opening match against Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim. In their second encounter Viahwas Gaonkars’ men managed to draw 1-1 with Sesa football academy and will be looking to go one step further this time out.
This will be the first match that Calangute will play away from their home Poriat Stadium and it will be interesting to see how they will cope and also whether they will enjoy the same support as their fans make the short trip across town from Calangute to Mapusa.   

First appeared at www.goa-fa.com on September 15th 2011

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ARAMBOL AND SIOLIM IN 3-3 THRILLER!

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Two goals in two minutes from Hemant Rodrigues helped Holy Cross Sports Club, Arambol to come from behind to draw 3-3 with Football club of Siolim in GFA’s 3rd division at St Anthony’s church ground, Siolim on Thursday. Siolim led 3-2 at the interval.
Siolim raced in to a two goal lead within the first twenty minutes. John Kuyel received the only booking of the game for Holy Cross in the second half.
After just nine minutes Domnic D’Souza swung in a corner and Sangam Pednekar had all the time in the world to control, pick his spot and fire Siolim in front.
Eleven minutes later Sangem sprinted down the left wing and crossed for Domnic to double the lead for Siolim.
Within three minutes, Hemant Rodrigues seemed to hang in the air as he directed the ball with his head over the Siolim custodian to pull a goal back.
Immediately from the restart, Siolim lost the ball cheaply and Cedric Rodrigues managed to find an opening on the edge of the box to fire Holy Cross level.
Within three minutes yet another goal, but this time at the other end Sangam switched the ball from the right to the left wing and Melroy D’Souza controlled and cut sharply past the defender before burying into the bottom left had corner.
After the change of ends Siolim did not create as many chances in front of goal and Holy Cross took the initiative. Twenty minutes from the end Cedric played a wonderful ball across the face of the goal and Hemant stole in at the back post to secure the equalizer for Holy Cross.
At St Christopher ground, Tivim, Bjoun Cohelo netted a hat-trick as Sirsaim sports and welfare centre overcame Eagle Sports club 4-3. Sameer Sawant also scored for Sirsaim. Prashant Pawar scored a brace and Girish Naik bagged one for Eagle. Sirsaim led 2-1 at the breather.
At Tembi ground, Anjuna, Makeshan Gama earned a hat-trick after Mervyn Fernandes opened the scoring for Clube Atletico de Parra as they defeated Nerul sports club 4-3. Vasdev Raikar, Vinat Shirodkar and Prasad Dabolkar were on target for Nerul. Amazingly all seven goals came in the first half.

First published in Herald on 15th September 2011.

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MARGAO/ CAVELOSSIM BATTLE TO GO TOP

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Surprise package Margao sports club and Santa Cruz club of Cavelossim will go head to head at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Friday with the winners moving to the top of the Kingfisher Pro League.
Even a draw would be enough to see 5th place Cavelossim go above Sporting Clube de Goa on goal difference at the top of the league as they defeated Calangute Association 3-0 in their opening match.
 Cavelossim coach Bibiano Fernandes will be looking for a win as he knows a good start would help his team later on, once the big teams wake up from their lackluster start to the campaign.
Margao have drawn both their opening matches and have only two points and are currently occupying 6th position. Having drawn their opening matches with the experienced Vasco sports club and then going on to hold mighty Salgaocar sports club, Margao coach Joaquim Crasto can be quietly confident that his side can come away with a win.
Both teams know each other very well having been promoted from the GFA 2nd division to the GFA 1st division and now to the Pro League together over the past two seasons. The squads may have strengthened this season and the players different, but the rivalry will be just as intense.

First appeared at www.goa-fa.com on 15th September 2011.

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CANDOLIM OVERWHELM PILERNE

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A brace from Paul Cardoza eased Candolim sports club to an easy 6-0 victory over Pilerne sports club in GFA’s 3rd division at Tembi ground, Anjuna on Wednesday. Candolim led by a solitary goal at the lemon break.
Suraj Bandodkar, Martin D’Costa, Caitan Xaiver and Joelif Simoes were also on target for Candolim.
At St Christopher’s ground, Tivim goals from Mansoor Khan and Shafin Khan enabled CJ Brothers to defeat football club of Sanquelim 2-1. Milind Rane had equalized earlier for Sanquelim just before the break. CJ Brothers have now moved to 9 points from three matches after three wins.

First published in Herald on 14th September 2011.

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VAGATOR BYPASS ABC!

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Substitute Ramdas Mandraker made an immediate impact as he scored a brace to help Parish youth Vagator come back from behind to defeat ABC Arambol 4-3 in an exciting GFA 3rd division encounter, at Chapora ground on Tuesday. ABC led 2-0 at the change of ends.
ABC striker Blasco Rodrigues scored twice within the first twenty minutes, but they felt the full force of a Vagator revival after the breather.
The match took a violent edge in the last fifteen minutes with the referee handing out four yellow cards in total for reckless tackles. Paulo Fernandes and Anthony Monteiro were booked for ABC, while Jovan Almeida and Leaster Albuerque were the Vagator offenders.
Tall Vagator midfielder Stepleton Fernandes was the mastermind in their comeback. He scored the first and initiated the others with his inch perfect passing.
ABC combined well in midfield with Blasco superb finishing in front of goal, although a lack of concentration in the defence late on cost them dearly.
After just eleven minutes ABC raced into the lead when Blasco blasted in a rebounded shot. Nine minutes later Blasco held off his marker and wonderfully lifted the ball over the Vagator custodian.
Vagator made their second substitution in the 53rd minute, bringing on Ramdas for Raju Pawar, which proved to be vital.
Stepleton amazingly dribbled past three defenders and slotted the ball under the goalkeeper to bring Vagator back into contention in the 57th.
Four minutes later Sadrick Rodigues steamrolled his way down the right flank before sending in a cross for Leaster and he laid the ball off for Ramdas to bring Vagator level. In the space of another four minutes Ramdas had the easiest of jobs after tapping in Stepleton’s cross from a yard out.
The pace of the game intensified and ten minutes from the end Stepleton found Leaster on root to goal and his finish was magnificently placed into the far corner of the net.
A minute before the end Steve Fernandes shot in from close to keep the final score respectable.
At Quitula ground, second half goals from Charlton D’Souza and Sanjay Mayekar gave Friends XI sports club, Vaddem a 2-0 victory over Sinquerim sports club.

First published in Herald on 14th September 2011.

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SPORTING HELD BY GOA VELHA!

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Sporting Clube de Goa drew 1-1 with 10 men Goa Velha sports club in GFA’s kingfisher pro league at Duler stadium, here on Monday. Goa Velha led through a Royden Camelo strike with virtually the last kick of the first half, while Ogba kalu curled in a free kick five minutes after the change of ends to find Sporting’s equalizer.
“We had a game plan, and the boys stuck to the instructions, we had to change a little after the sending off but we are happy to come away with a point,” remarked Goa Velha coach Lino Pereira.
“I told my players not to underestimate any team, sometimes teams play better with ten men, but I was also happy how my team readjusted at the break and quickly got back in contention early on which was important,” reasoned Sporting coach Ekendra Singh.
Goa Velha striker Donald Rocha was booked after just 53 seconds as he tried a spectacular bicycle kick, but unfortunately only made contact with the face of a sporting defender. Ten minutes into the second half Donald lunged in on his opponent and before the referee could even brandish a red card, a bottle was thrown from the stands which hit Donald on the back of the head. Donald took a few steps before he collapsed to the floor. Donald was back on his feet after ten minutes and he walked back to the dressing room.
Sporting did not create too much in the first half, but looked to expose the wings in the second session, replacing Gabriel Fernandes with Victorino Fernandes and allowing Bisheshwor Singh to move to the right flank.
Goa Velha worked hard to close down their opponents and should also be credited for continuing to push forward even after going down to ten men when they could have easily pressed the panic button. This made their opponents retreat after initially throwing men forward to snatch the winner.
Kalu had a couple of good chances early on for Sporting, but missed the target first with a header from a corner and then firing over the bar.
At the other end Goa Velha’s Royden Camelo headed over a cross from Trevor Dias. In the 43rd minute Keita thought he scored for Sporting when Jovel Martins swung in a free kick and Avelino Fernandes flicked on for keita to score, only to be waved offside by the referee’s assistant.
In the second minute of injury time Alber Gonsalves crossed from the left, which Donald controlled and laid off for Royden to place home for Goa Velha.
Five minutes into the second session Sporting restored parity when Nigerian midfielder Ogba Kalu Beautifully guided the ball into the back of the net from a free kick on the edge of the box.
Sporting substitute Adil Khan could have found the winner late on, when the ball was played across the goal and he snapped at it, but it flew miserably over the bar. Adil held his head for sometime after as he knew he should have done a lot better. In the end both teams held out for a point.
At Poriat ground Sesa Football academy and Calangute association played out a goalless draw. “We hit the wood work a couple of times and could have scored, but I am really happy we finally managed to open our account with a point, stated Calangute coach Vishwas Gaonkar.
“We should have taken three points, our opponents defended with ten men for long periods and our job became even more difficult when we were reduced to ten men after the sending off of Felix,” stated Sesa coach Clifford Chukwuma.

First published in Herald on 15th september 2011.

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