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Sporting continue goal showers as they sail into semis

Ambelim: Sporting Clube de Goa registered a 5-0 win over FC Bardez to book the final spot of Goa Sevens Premier League, organised by Goa Sevens and Ambelim Sports Club in association with Goa Football Association (GFA) at Ambelim Sports Complex, on Thursday.

Marcus Mascarenhas scored a hat trick, while Ganesh Thakur and Cajetan Fernandes scored a goal each.

The Flaming Oranje relied on a stable line-up as they named an unchanged squad while Bardez FC brought in Hanslum Furtado who was the super-sub in the last game.

FC Bardez were the first to attack with better tactics and swing shots that tore open the Sporting back line. Jessel Carneiro came close to scoring on two attempts but his shot was placed inches high from target.

FC Bardez kept attempting to find the opening goal as Neville Albuquerque’s powerful long range from the half way mark was neatly tapped away by Sporting Clube custodian.

The first half saw a complete domination from the Bardez side who had couple of attempts to convert but failed to score.

However, it was Sporting Clube who took the lead just before the end of the first half as Alesh Sawant crossed the ball inside to which Marcus Mascarenhas headed it in giving the team a 1-0 lead at half time.

Post resumption, FC Bardez tried hard to bring parity in the score line through Inacio Colaco but his shot was saved by the keeper.

Falming Oranje kept trying to add more goals and they finally doubled their lead through Marcus again who received an inch perfect cross from George Souza, 2-0.

The Bardez side managed to make it 3-0 as Cajetan Fernandes converted from the spot after the opponents committed a foul inside the danger area.

Sporting Clube piled further misery on FC Bardez after they found themselves reduced to five men as Clinton Niasso and Jessel Carneiro received a double booking.

Sporting Clube took full advantage of this as Marcus Mascarenhas went on to complete his hat-trick with a neat back shot that landed into the nets while two minutes later Ganesh Thakur made it 5-0 with a slow tap into the nets. [H]

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