Sangolda strike Milagres


Sangolda Lightning Club demolished Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa 6-2 in a GFA Second Division football league match at Sangolda ground, Sunday. Sangolda led 4-1 at half time.
Sangolda started strongly and could have snatched the lead in the third minute after Yogesh Mayekar’s goalbound shot rebounded off a rival defender to Loyed Mascarenhas but the latter’s shot sailed over the crossbar with only Milagres goalkeeper John Fernandes at his mercy.
In the 11th minute, Milagres began feeling the pressure after Sangolda’s Suraj Kauthankar unleashed a powerful volley that hit the crosspiece.
Eight minutes later, Sangolda found the much needed opener through Suraj who picked up a perfect cross from Loyed as his adroit placement beat the Milagres custodian.
Sangolda enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession and Nikhil’s cross went flying past the rival defenders to Yogesh who easily tapped in from close range in the 23rd minute.
Two minutes later, Yogesh could get on the score-sheet yet again as onrushing Milagres goalkeeper John had no one behind him and instead off shooting, Yogesh unselfishly passed to unmarked Suraj who took his time to tap in the open goal.
Milagres had only themselves to blame for loosing the ball in the midfield rather easily and their feeble defending added to their problems.
Sangolda were awarded a free-kick outside the box in the 35th minute and Nikhil Naik curled the ball past the six men wall to score the fourth.   
At the other end, Milagres pulled one back in the 37th minute, thanks to clumsy goalkeeping by Washington Pereira as Milagres’ Joaquim Pacheco’s venomous shot made it’s way in-between Washington’s legs to enter the goal.
Sangolda started the second session in the comfort zone, dominating the proceeding with good short passes but were caught on a counterattack in the 49th minute when Milagres’ Joaquim ran past his marker from the half to the danger zone and took an explosive shot for his brace that left Washington stunned.
Sangolda brought in fresh legs in the 60th minute as Chandan Govenkar came in place of Loyed to strengthen the midfield.
Suraj scored his third goal in the 69th minute and turned provider for the final blow in the 80th minute as he cleverly flicked the ball over a rival defender to substitute Chandan who then passé to Yogesh who made no mistake in front of the rival goal.
Five minutes from time, Chandan’s rasping shot was blocked by the rival custodian. 
Meanwhile, ABC Arambol held St Anthony’s, Marna 2-2 in a GFA U-16 football match, Sunday. Joseph D'Souza netted twice for Arambol while Dattaraj and Shiva scored for St Anthony’s. [H]