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Sao Jose de Areal win FC Raia Cup

Raia: Sao Jose de Areal defeated Curtorim Gymkhana 1-0 to win the FC Raia Cup, organised by FC Raia in association with Sports Authority of Goa and played at Raia Panchayat ground, on Sunday.The first chance of the match fell to Alvito Moura of Areal but the latter’s move was tackled by Curtorim defender Manuel Carneiro in the third minute.Thereafter, Areal’s Alvito could have found the ball at the back of Curtorim nets but the rival keeper saved it.Making amends to his earlier misses, Alvito finally scored the goal in the eighth minute when he dribbled past couple of Curtorim defenders before placing the ball to the back of the nets, 1-0.Curtorim missed too great sitters in the 14th and 16th minute. First Savio Fernandes shot wide from the spot and then Josly Gomes’ shot ballooned over the bar with only the keeper at his mercy.Bersel Viegas, Raymond Fernandes guarded the Areal defence wall in the second half.Christo Hilario keeper of Curtorim too saved a plethora of attempts.The winners were awarded Rs 40,000 while the runners-up had to be content with Rs 30,000.Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginald Lourenco was the chief guest for the final and gave away the prizes in the presence of former Velim MLA Benjamin Silva, Fr Luis Pinto and other dignitaries. [H]

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