Sporting trounce Salgaocar
Sporting Clube de Goa outplayed Salgaocar Football Club 4-1 to secure full points in the GFA’s Goa-Pro Super League match played at Duler grounds, here on Monday.
With today’s loss, Salgaocar stay on 23 points from 11 matches, while Sporting climb to 17 points from 10 matches.
Sporting started with two imports Spanish Angel Berlaga (defence) and Nigerian Kalu Ogba (midfield), while Salgaocar played only Nigerian Gabriel O Obatalo in the attack.
Apart from conceding a goal each, both the keepers playing their debut match, came with some fine performance as keeper Saurav Chakraborthy for Sporting and Albino Gomes for Salgaocar did well. A defensive lapse by Angel Berlaga, in the very 3rd minute of play, saw Salgaocar’s Gabriel Obatola sneak inside the penalty box and slot the ball past the keeper.
Salgaocar should have further increased their lead in the 15th minute, but Milagres Gonsalves having only the rival keeper at his mercy, but failed
However, three minutes later, Sporting’s medio Kalu Obga did the spade work and found skipper Freiman Peixoto, who finished with an adroit placement, 1-1.
In the 35th minute, Milagres moved dangerously inside the penalty box and squared the ball to Nigerian Gabriel Ojimi Obatola, whose fierce strike hit the Sporting defender’s legs. At the start of the second half, both the coaches came with fresh legs by bringing in Brazilian Josimar da Silva for Salgaocar and Sapanish Juan Pena for Sporting.
In the 49th minute, Salgaocar’s stopper back Rahul Kumar faltered right inside the 18-yard box, where his misclearance travelled to Spanish Juan Pena who slotted the ball into the Salgaocar goal, 2-1.
Salgaocar coach David Booth came with another substitution by reinforcing Rocus Lamare in the midfield and playing three strikers Josimar, Gabriel and Milagres upfront, to wipe out the one goal deficit, but the Sporting defence failed to succumb under pressure.
As the match progressed, Sporting’s Kalu and Stephene Barreto’s goal-bound shot, missed the target narrowly.
Salgaocar’s best chance to level terms came in the 71st minute from a fine built-up move, which saw Milagres sending a cross to Josimar whose header was not cleanly collected by Sporting keeper, but before Obatola could get his leg to the ball Rovan Pereira cleared the ball for a corner.
In the last ten minutes Sporting caught the Salgaocar defence napping where they netted two goals through Nigerian Kalu Ogba and Spanish Juan Pena, to round off the score tally to 4-1. [NT]