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Goa Professional League 2019-20: Round 10 Roundup

Goa Professional League 2019-20 Round 10
Flaming Orange: Sporting Clube de Goa put seven past Corps of Signals to go top of the Goa Professional League. Photo Courtesy: KhelNow

Sporting Clube de Goa have gone to the top of the Goa Professional League table with a 7-0 hammering of Corps of Signals. Churchill Brothers move to second place, while Dempo drop to third spot following a goalless draw.

Salgaocar move up to fourth while Velsao pick up three precious points at the bottom of the table. 

Sporting smash Signals to go top of the league

Sporting Clube de Goa went on top of the Goa Professional League following a 7-0 thrashing of Corps of Signals at the Duler Stadium.

The Flaming Orange went ahead within five minutes. Marcus flicked the ball over onrushing Signals keeper Binu Purushothaman, allowing Philip Odugwu to tap the ball into an empty net.

The lead was doubled in the 24th minute. A fine cross from Assumption was brilliantly headed in by Philip to make it 2-0 for Sporting.

Sporting extended their lead in the 43rd minute, George D’Souza curling the ball into the net from 25 yards to put his team 3-0 ahead at half-time.

The scoring spree continued in the second half, with Philip completing his hat-trick in the 53rd minute with a header.

Stendly Fernandes curled in a free-kick from the edge of the box to make it 5-0, while Harshad Naik dribbled past three opponents on the run and released the ball to a well-positioned George D’Souza in the box to make it 6-0.

In the dying minutes of the match, Harshad Naik set up Marcus to hammer in the seventh.

Sporting Clube climbed to the top of the league with 21 points, while Signals had to endure a miserable week.

Velsao beat Signals to pick up precious points

Earlier in the week, Velsao SCC beat Corps of Signals 3-2 at the Corps Of Signals Ground. Shubham Rao Dessai, Joseph Pereira, Rohan Kambli put Velsao 3-0 ahead in a seven-minute blitz in the first half.

The Signals team responded through Pawan Thakur in the 49th minute, before Huidrom Singh made the last few minutes interesting when he made it 3-2 in the 83rd minute.

Velsao hung on to the lead to take all three points.

Churchill’s ‘V’ put Armymen to the sword

Vinil Poojary scored a hattrick as Churchill Brothers FC ran riot over Corps of Signals in a Goa Professional League match at Navelim Stadium.

Willis Plaza scored in the third minute to get the ball rolling for the Red Machines, while Lalkhawpuimawia converted from the spot to make it 2-0 in the sixth minute.

Crossing over, Churchill Brothers continued from where they had left off. Vinil Poojary was put through by Plaza the latter put the ball past Signals keeper Binu Purushothaman to make it 3-0 in the 51st minute.

Three minutes later, Churchill Brothers were awarded another penalty when Lalkhawpuimawia was brought down in the box. The referee awarded a penalty despite the ball rolled into the goal. Poojary stepped up to make to 4-0.

Poojary bagged his hat-trick in the 64th minute. Plaza was the provider again with a defense-splitting pass as Churchill went 5-0 ahead.

The win takes Churchill to second place with 20 points, while the three losses in the week see Signals at rock bottom with seven points.

Goa Professional League 2019-20 Round 10
The Goa Professional League table at the end of Round 10

Dempo drop to third after a goalless draw

Panjim Footballers held Dempo Sports Club to a goalless draw in the Goa Professional League match at the Dempo SC Academy Ground, at Ella, Old Goa.

In an even contest, it was the two goalkeepers who held sway. Preston Rego kept the scoreline down for Panjim while Dempo had their custodian, Luis Barreto, to thank for keeping a clean sheet.

Panjim Footballers managed to hold table topper Dempo SC for major part of the game and had the opportunity to take the lead minutes before halftime.

Luis Barreto brought down Lloyd Cardozo in the box, following a mistake by Dempo SC defender Fulganco Cardozo.

Barreto made amends when he saved Akash’s effort from the spot.

The second half presented limited opportunities to both sides. The best opportunity fell to Dempo when the Panjim defense failed to clear a cross. The ball fell to Latesh with only the keeper at his mercy but the shot went wide.

The draw leaves Dempo SC without a win in the last three games as they drop to third place on 20 points.

Panjim Footballers will take plenty of positives from the game for the young Sporting Clube de Goa academy boys playing for Panjim Footballers.

Guardian Angel breeze past Calangute

Guardian Angel Sports Club registered a 2-0 win over Calangute Association in the Goa Professional League match played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa.

Calangute were rubbing shoulders with the big boys at the start of the season. Guardian Angel Sports Club were in need of a win after dropping points in the last three games.

Aslon Oliveira capitalized on getting a loose ball in the 33rd minute to shoot past the rival keeper to make it 1-0 for Guardian Angel.

Beneston Barretto hit the post twice as the Curchorem side continued to dominate the match further.

Sanij Bugde, the Calangute Association keeper, produced some crucial saves to keep the score down to 1-0.

Bamba Musah put the match to bed in the 77th minute. Gilbert Oliveira played a defense-splitting pass to Musah who made a run in the box before unleashing a grounder in the bottom left corner.

The win takes Guardian Angel to eighth place with 11 points, while Calangute is in fifth place with 15 points.

Salgaocar edge past Vasco

In another match at Nagoa ground, Salgaocar Football Club registered a 3-2 win over Vasco SC. Saeesh Halarnkar scored a brace while Selwyn Miranda added another.

For Vasco Sports Club, Suraj Mondal and Sanwil D’Costa netted a goal each.

The win takes Salgaocar to fourth spot with 15 points, while Vasco are struggling towards the bottom of the table with seven points.

Rescheduled match on irks spectators

The match between FC Goa and Churchill Brothers, which was scheduled on November 27, has been postponed to December 3.

The rescheduled date has irked the supporters as Dec 3rd is the Feast of St Francis Xavier, a public holiday in Goa .

The match was rescheduled as Churchill Brothers had asked for the same as they have the I-League match to play on December 1, at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda.

The Goan community spend the day with their families and the football fans were surprised that a big match would be scheduled on the said date.

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