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Sarzora clinch Lourdes Soccer Cup

Ambelim: Sarzora FC got the better of Chandor 6-5 via tie-breaker to lift the Lourdes Soccer Cup organised by Ambelim Sports Club, at Ambelim ground, recently.Chandor’s Richard D’Sa tried to find the opening goal in the 5th minute but his effort was saved by Jess under the Sarzora bar.However, Richard managed to put Chandor in the lead in the 25th minute after a misunderstanding between the goalkeeper and Sunny as he coolly placed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper. At half time the  score read 1-0 in favour of Chandor.Jeff came to Sarzora’s rescue as he saved Benson’s placement shot in the 10th minute of the second half. Sazora’s Aston Fernandes equalised with a powerful strike off a pass from Franky. Flezer Gomes’ shot hit the goalpost. Both the teams tried their best to find the match winner but their respective attacking units fumbled in the final third of the build up. The score was 1-1 after regulation time. In the resultant penalty shoot-out, Steven Fernanades, Elroy Moniz, Franky Oliveira, Allot Antao and Joyson Fernandes scored for Sarzora while Cruz Gomes, Darren Fernandes, Lino D’Sa, and Richard D’Sa converted for the Chandor side. Reginaldo Lourenco MLA of Curtorim constituency was the chief guest for the final and gave away the winners and runners-up awards of Rs. 40,000 and Rs. 30,000 respectively along with the trophies. Individiual prizes were as follows: Best goalkeeper: Jess Fernandes of Sarzora, Best midfielder: Aston Fernandes of Sarzora,  Best striker: Lino D’sa of Chandor, Best defender: Cruz Gomes of Chandor. [H]

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