Curtorim overcome PY Nuvem
A first half strike by Milagres Fernandes helped Curtorim Gymkhana overcome Parish Youth, Nuvem 1-0 and march into the final of all-Goa Vodafone inter-village football tournament organized by Colmorod Ratvado Sports Club at Rosary ground, Navelim, Wednesday.
The teams started on an attacking note and kept the crowd on their toes throughout the match. Curtorim raided the rival goal with well orchestrated raids but failed to convert their opportunities with Milagres muffing two sitters with only the Nuvem goalkeeper at his mercy.
At the other end, Nuvem did not lag behind as they created many openings but Joe Colaco and Neves Noronha blasted wide from close.
Milagres atoned for his earlier misses, when his swift shot from the top of the box beat the rival goalkeeper off Sertorio Monteiro in the 15th minute.
Stung by the setback, Nuvem took the fight to the rival camp but the Curtorim defenders stood tall in protecting the slender lead.
Crossing over, Curtorim continued to dictate terms and enjoyed a slight edge over their opponents. They nearly doubled their lead but striker Tony Dias’ rasping shot missed the mark narrowly.
Nuvem went all-out in search of the equalizer with their forwards mounting attacks on the rival citadel. They came close to restoring parity but Neves’ volley missed the target narrowly.
After a brief lull, Curtorim went into an attacking mode and repeatedly raided the rival citadel but their forward ran out of ideas after reaching the rival penalty box.
In the dying minutes, Nuvem nearly found the equalizer but Eldrich Pereira’s snap shot was blocked by Curtorim Gymkhana goalkeeper Velson Fernandes.
Neves who played a pivotal role Nuvem was adjudged most valuable player. [H]