Signals snap SM Taleigao
Corps of Signals continued their unbeaten run as they nosed out Clube Sao Miguel de Taleigao 2-1 in a 7th round First Division football league match at Duler Stadium, here, Tuesday. Signals led 2-0 at half time.
Signals got off to a dream start as they surged ahead in the fourth minute after Laurem Ruata's in-swinging corner kick found M D Ibrahim, who leaped over the rival defenders and headed in past Taleigao goalkeeper Xavier Estrocio.
Signals continued to dominate the proceedings and inflated their lead, three minutes later. Midfielder L H Sanga sent in a defence-splitting pass between Taleigao defenders Gary Pereira and Francis Rebello and Signals’ Roshan Singh timed his run perfectly to slot past the rival custodian with an adroit placement.
At the other end, Taleigao tried hard to crawl back into the game but could not make any progress as they lost ball possession rather too easily.
In the 26th minute, Signals would have scored their third but Xavier came up with a crucial save to block Ibrahim's close ranger.
Just before the lemon break, Taleigao were finding their rhythm but a rasping shot from skipper Pramod Mardolkar was parried away by Signals goalkeeper Niyas Mon in the 40th minute.
Subsequently, Taleigao midfielder Bazileo Rego’s inside the box rasping shot hit the side-netting.
In the second session, Taleigao strengthened their midfield as player-cum-coach Levino Pereira came in place of Steven Baptista while Gautam Kankonkar replaced Cedric Peixoto upfront.
Taleigao’s substitutions made little effect as their rivals continued to dictate terms.
In the 64th minute, Ibrahim came close to scoring but the latter’s venomous shot from the edge of the box sailed inches over the horizontal with only the rival custodian at his mercy.
Signal’s substitute George Raj was booked by referee Sainath Haldankar in the 70th minute for his dangerous tackle on Bazileo. Off the resultant free-kick, Bazileo was unlucky as his powerful strike hit the upright before Niyas got his gloves onto the ball.
Then, in the 83rd minute, Levino’s stunning half volley hit the crossbar in similar fashion as Taleigao went all out in the final quarter. They pulled back in the injury time off a penalty after Gautam was brought down in the danger zone by Niyas and the referee pointed to the spot. Levino kept his cool, converting the penalty.
Signals collected 17 points from seven matches while Taleigao are on eight points from seven outings. [H]