Mapusa: Bardez Football Club fought gallantly to stage a remarkable from two goals down to hold Velsao Sports and Cultural club to a 2-2 draw in the tenth round match of the Goa Professional League, organised by GFA, at Duler Stadium, here on Monday.
Velsao SCC have 8 points while Bardez FC have 6 points from nine matches.
Velsao SCC were leading by two goals at half time both coming from Bersal Viegas while a spirited fight-back by Bardez saw them level terms in the second half through a brace by Cho Lepcha.
The match was of two halves where Velsao were in total control of the entire first half while Bardez FC came back strongly in the second session of play.
Velsao`s Joseph Pereira was a wee bit late in latching on to a cross by Remedious Vaz in the 9th minute which was safely cleared out for a corner by the alert Bardez defender Luis Miranda.
It did not take long for Velsao to find the nets when in the 10th minute Flan Gomes defence splitting pass found Bersal Viegas who without any hesitation slotted the ball past the keeper, 1-0.
Velsao consolidated their lead in the 45th minute when Flan Gomes strike which was travelling goal wards was handled by Bardez Mobin Rai just outside the penalty box prompting referee Tejas Nagvekar to award a direct free kick. Bersal Viegas who stepped forward brilliantly curled the ball to the far corner of the nets leaving no chance to the keeper, 2-0.
Bardez keeper Royal Basumatory came to his sides rescue diving full stretch to keep out Velsao`s Jesloy Moniz fierce right footer in crashing into the nets on crossing ends.
Bardez got a lifeline in the 64th minute when Velsao keeper Suresh fouled Cho Lepcha inside the penalty box where referee Tejaspointed to the spot. Cho Lepcha stepped forward and calmly dispatched the ball into the goal, 2-1.
Keeper Royal Basumatory was once again called into action in the 67th minute this time pushing out Bersal Viegas sizzling shot for a corner.
Bardez kept probing and finally got the equaliser in the 78th minute when Richard Crdozo`s free kick was directed goal wards by Carl D`Souza but keeper Suresh managed to prevent it from entering in and the ball came to Cho Lepcha who without a second invitation placed the ball into the nets to the delight of his teammates and supporters
Sanjiv Vengurlekar almost snatched the winning goal for Bardez in the added time but but his strike from Richard`s cross went inches pass the post. [H]