Guirdolim Sports Club prevailed over Mandopa Sporting Club 9-8 via the tie-breaker to enter the quarter-final of Salcete Zone GFA Third Division League play-off at school ground, Cuncolim, Thursday. Guirdolim led 3-1 at half time.
Guirdolim found the lead in the 2nd minute when Shevraj D’Costa slotted past the rival goalkeeper with an adroit placement. Five minutes later, Guirdolim increased their tally in the eighth minute when Kingsley D’Costa beat the rival goalkeeper with a rasping shot.
Mandopa hit back with Climax Pereira reducing the deficit in the 28th minute. Unfazed, Guirdolim retaliated and two minutes later Sheldon Rodrigues made it 3-1.
After the break, Guirdolim continued to hold sway over their opponents and Guilson Fernandes made it 4-1.
Mandopa raised the tempo with their forwards on song with Socorro Pereira scoring with a pile driver in the 57th. The reducer enlivened the Mandopa players, who launched heavy attacks and Naven Pereira reduced the deficit in the 70th minute. Shelton Gomes restored parity in the 71st minute for Mandopa.
In the tie-breaker, Johnson Gomes, Ivan Pinto, Shelton Rodrigues, Sevraj D’Costa and Francis Rebello were on target for Guirdolim while Claudio Dias, Naveen Pereira, Mauvin Gomes and Gasper Pereira converted for Mandopa. [H]