Former Dempo SC midfielder Orlando Viegas performed outstandingly to help Navelim Villagers Union thrash hosts Cuncolim Union 3-0 in the second semis and book their place in the finals of the 1st Balaji Ambe memorial football tournament, played at school grounds, Cuncolim
Navelim Villagers will now met hot contenders Curtorim Gymkhana in the finals scheduled on January 13.
While Orlando hammered the final goal in the 47th minute of the second session, the other two goals scored earlier by Alvito Colaco (5th minute) and Xavier Luis (19th minute) in the first session were a result of the stellar role played by Orlando in the midfield as he sent defence-splitting passes that kept the strong Cuncolim Union defence totally stranded.
So elegant were his moves that many of the spectators felt that Orlando was still good enough to play in the major tournaments played across the country.
Navelim Villagers Union made their intentions clear right from the start as they drew the first blood when the match was hardly five minutes old.
It was Orlando who did the initial work of finding Xavier Luis with a neat pass on the flank, who in turn crossed the ball to Alvito Colaco whose lunging header gave no chance whatsoever to the Cuncolim Union keeper Vishnu Naik.
Cuncolim Union too had their chances to score but they failed to capitalise with Daulat Dessai and Wellington D’Souza being unable to find the mark from very close distances. Suddenly, Navelim Villagers Union came up with another great move when Orlando dodged past a couple of rival defender who followed him hotly and then on reaching the box passed the ball to better placed Xavier Luis who had no difficulty at all to beat Vishnu under the Cuncolim bar.
Navelim Villagers Union began the second session too with a bang and this time it was Orlando who let go a blistering effort that gave no chance at all to the Cuncolim keeper to score a superb goal.
Despite being down by three goals, Cuncolim Union did not give up and fought gallantly making the contest quite exciting as they regrouped and created several goal-bound moves, which however proved to be futile as their strikers muffed
off chances. Even as they created at least five scoring opportunities, striker Daulat Dessai was totally inaccurate in his
To make matters worse for the Cuncolim team Wesley Coutinho hit the post when Navelim keeper Jonathan Faleiro was totally at his mercy and then after Rosario Coutinho too fumbled from close. [NT]