Salgaocar outshine Guardian Angel

Navelim: Salgaocar Football Club’s strong performance in the second half, wherein they scored as many as three goals, saw the Green Brigade record a hard-fought 5-2 win over Guardian Angel SC in the Goa Football Association’s Goa Professional League match played at Rosary ground, Navelim, on Thursday.

For Salgaocar FC, their second half substitute Stephen Satarkar (59’, 78’) scored a brace while Sanson Pereira (10’), Andrus John (37’) and Devendra Murgaonkar (80’) contributed with a goal each. Ghanian Bamba Musah (11’) and Clive Colaco (44) were the goal scorers for the Curchorem side.

After the win, Salgaocar FC are on 35 points from 21 matches and take fourth place while Guardian Angel SC sit in seventh place with 26 points from equal outings. Starting the match on attacking note, Salgaocar FC were first to break the deadlock as early as the 10th minute when they were awarded a free-kick outside the box. A smartly taken free-kick from Saeesh Halarnkar to Sanson Pereira, set the skipper through on goal and the last named made it count with a sublime finish past Guardian Angel SC keeper Jeet Gupta.

Hardly had the cheers died down, Guardian Angel SC up came with a quick reply as they attacked from the left flank with Beneston Barreto initiating the move. A cross from the left flank to the striker Bamba Musah saw the lanky Ghanaian restore parity.

After more of a midfield battle, Salgaocar FC managed to regain their lead in the 37th minute when Devendra Murgaonkar, dribbled past couple of rival players and played a cut back pass from inside the box Andrus, despite the Guardian Angel keeper Jeet meeting the ball, the Curchorem team custodian couldn’t keep the ball out from Andrus, who scored with a simple tap in to make it 2-1.

To bring more dynamics to the game, Guardian Angel SC team coach Riston Rodrigues made a quick change in the 40th minute when he replaced U-20 player Imson Fernandes, bringing on Clive Colaco and the first half substitute made an immediate impact scoring from a corner kick in the 44th minute, 2-2. The teams were tied 2-2 at the break. In the second half, Salgaocar coach introduced Stephen Satarkar replacing Andrus John and the striker scored two goals after coming on. In the 59th minute, Chaitan Komarpant made a fine run on the left flank and played it to Stephen, who scored with a first time shot from outside the box.

Salgaocar FC’s Saeesh Halarnkar and Ribhav Sardessai were brilliant in the midfield. Saeesh was instrumental once again in Stephen’s second goal as he played a through pass to Devendra, who cut past one rival defender and set up Stephen for his second, 4-2.

There was more to the game as Salgaocar FC scored their fifth goal through Devendra, who had earlier missed plenty chances for his side. Saeesh played Devendra through from the midfield, but the striker dribbled past four Guardian Angel SC defenders before scoring the team’s fifth goal to make amends for his earlier misses. [NT]