Ambelim: Sporting Clube de Goa kicked off their GSPL 2 campaign with a 3-0 win over Goan FC in match 7 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 Monday.
The young Gaurs having won their previous encounter with a narrow 2-1 margin against Guardian Angel side began the game with a win in mind. Issac Negerado and Liston Colaco found a place in the team’s starting while Princeston Rebello and Savior Gama were on the bench.
On the other hand, the Pro League and recently crowned Police Cup champions began the game on a bright note with Clemente Joseph leading the side.
The initial minutes witnessed a complete attack from the Pro league champions. George Souza’s shot off a free-kick was swiftly tapped for a corner by the Goan keeper Dylan D’Silva denying them the opener.
The best chance for the Goan club came in the 8th minute as Liston Colaco’s long pass to Issac Negeredo was well placed but the later failed to control it.
The Sporting Clube looked stronger with runs down the sides by Ganesh Thankur and Marcus Mascarenhas but the Gaurs defence stood strong in clearing the dangers. The Flaming Oranje finally surged ahead in the 18th minute after Alesh Savant moved in from the midfield and placed in a perfect one-to-one pass with Cajetan Fernandes whose back pass was netted into the bottom of the net by Alesh giving the Sporting side the much deserved lead.
The fast paced game saw the Goan side come close to making it all square but a diving save by the keeper Melroy Fernandes denied the Gaurs the equaliser.
The Sporting Clube doubled their lead through Alesh Savant just before half time as he neatly headed the ball in from the corner post as they went into the half with a much deserved 2-0 lead.
On resumption, the Gaurs looked strong for a comeback as Aaren D’Silva and Leander D’Cunha tried their luck from outside the box but failed to place their strikes into the nets. On the other hand, Marcus of Sporting had an easy chance to tap in off an open target but he placed it wide.
Liston on the other side looked determined to reduce the deficit with constant runs.
His powerful long ranger hit the top bar and went out of play. Substitute Victorino Fernandes came in field and provided some pace but he missed on numerous attempts.
The Gaurs were still not ready to give up as Liston along with substitute Saviour Gama kept striking. But they found themselves three goals down as George Souza shot low which hit off defender Leander’s foot landing straight into the nets making it 3-0. [H]