Josimar rescues Salgaocar
An 83rd minute equaliser by Brazilian Josimar Da Silva enabled Salgaocar to hold Sesa Football Academy to a 1-1 draw, in the GFA Pro-League match, played at Duler grounds, here on Thursday.
Sesa coach Clifford Chukwuma should be complimented for extracting the best from his team, as four of his players are doing duty for Santosh Trophy and Chukwudi Chukwuma had to sit in the gallery for being sent off in the last match.
Sesa stunned their opponents by scoring in the 40th minute through Yogesh Kadam, with Salgaocar cancelling the one goal lead in the 83rd minute through Brazilian Josimar Da Silva.
Apart from a yellow caution to Salgaocar’s keeper Pawan Kumar for pushing Sesa’s Sunny Singh just outside the box, nothing much transcribed in the first quarter of the match.
Sesa had the first look at the rival goal through a free kick from outside the penalty box, but Yogesh Kadam shot straight into the keeper’s hand.
In the 20th minute, Salgaocar’s Gilbert Oliveira flashed the ball from the left flank to well positioned Marcus Mascarenhas whose header from just outside the 6-yard box was brilliantly swayed over the post by keeper Thockchom Singh.
A couple of minutes later Marcus outsmarted Sesa defender Prajot Naik, but on entering the 18-yard box latched on to a weak grounder which was collected by Sesa custodian.
Another opportunity went abegging for Salgaocar where Marcus sent a defence-splitting pass to Royston D’Souza, who before he could pull the trigger, defender Prajot Naik cleared the ball for a corner.
Five minutes before the breather and Sesa caught the rival defence napping. Paresh Korgaonkar sent a long floater to unmarked Yogesh Kadam, who beat the advancing Salgaocar keeper and drove the ball into the unguarded goal, 1-0.
Ten minutes on crossing over Salgaocar’s coach David Booth brought in fresh legs in Clifton Dias and Brazilian Josimar Da Silva, but the Sesa defence marshalled by skipper Prajot Naik and Felix Baretto, who in the absence of Jay Ganesh Gotlekar did extremely well in keeping the Salgaocar attackers at bay.
Sesa were reduced to ten men in the 82nd minute, as Sunny Singh was red-carded by referee Sunil Nanodkar for double booking and the with the entry of Nigerian G Ojimi Obatola in the very next minute, Sesa citadel crumbled.
Nigerian Obatola’s two attempts at the goal were stopped by Sesa keeper, but the custodian could do very little to see Josimar direct his header into the goal off Obatola, who had done the spadework.
In the injury time, Sesa keeper plucked the ball from Obatola’s feet to deny him from netting the match-winning goal. [NT]