Ambelim: Salgaocar FC registered a tough 2-1 win over SCC Cavelossim to confirm their spot in the knockout stages of the Goa Sevens Premier League, organised by Goa Sevens and Ambelim Sports Club in association with Goa Football Association (GFA), at Ambelim Sports Complex, on Tuesday.
Agnelo Colaco and Gilbert Oliveira scored for the Green Brigade while Samson Simoes reduced the margin for the opponents.
The Cavelossim side having lost their previous game to FC Bardez made just one change to their starting sevens as Nevile Fernandes was brought in. On the other hand, the Salgaocar side named an unchanged squad that won previously to FC Bardez. The initial minutes saw the Cavelossim side attack with raging charges with Bersal Veigas and Samson Fernandes trying their shots from far. The first attempt for the Salgaocar side came from Agnelo Colaco as his powerful shot off a free-kick was tapped away by the Cavelossim keeper Razak Deasor.
But he made no mistake to score from the resulting corner as Agnelo’s curling shot landed into the nets off a clearance by the Cavelossim back line to make it 1-0.
The Cavelossim team were still giving a tough fight for the opponents with better runs down the sides. The skipper of the Green Brigade doubled the teams lead in the 22nd minute as Gilbert Oliveira landed his shot into the nets which was in no reach of the Cavelossim keeper.
On the other hand, the Beach side boys had the best attempt to reduce the margin as Bersal Viegas lobbed the ball inside to Michel Silva who shot high on an open target. In another close attempt, Samson Fernandes shot inches away from the target as the Salgaocar side went into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Bersal Viegas played a key role in the Cavelossim side with numerous attempts. The second half witnessed a thrilling fixture with end-to-end shots from the Beach side who had much of the crowd’s support but their attempts failed to land into the post. The Cavelossim side managed to score a goal after much probing as Samson Simoes proved to be the super-sub tapping in from close range. [H]