Dempo SC and Churchill Brothers close in on table toppers, Sporting Clube de Goa, in the Goa Professional League.
Defending champions FC Goa and Salgaocar drop points as they are destined to a midtable finish. Vasco picked up crucial three points, while Velsao remains rooted at the bottom of the table.
1-1, 2-2, 3-3. Dempo SC 4 – 3 Panjim Footballers
In a see-saw match, Panjim Footballers gave Dempo Sports Club a run for their money before running out of steam towards the end.
An exciting Goa Professional League match at the Duler Stadium ended 4-3 in favor of the Dempo.
Beevan D’Mello started up front and justified his selection by slotting the ball past Preston Rego in the seventh minute to give Dempo an early lead.
Panjim Footballers hit back in the 33rd minute. A shot by Chandan Gawas from the right was parried away by Luis. The ball fell kindly to Krishna Gawas who made no mistake to make it 1-1.
Dempo regained the lead five minutes later. Nixon Castanha’s cross from the right found Alber, who headed home to make it 2-1.
Five minutes into the second half, Panjim Footballers made it all square. Chandan Gawas was in the thick of things again when he beat the Dempo defense with sheer pace to make it 2-2.
Dempo SC regained the lead in the 69th minute through yet another Suraj Hadkonkar free-kick. However, Panjim Footballers hit back in the very next minute as Lloyd Cardozo smashed in a corner.
3-3 and 20 minutes to go.
It was only in the 88th minute when Suraj Hadkonkar’s freekick found its way to Alber, who made it 4-3 in an incredible match.
Panjim Footballers ran out of steam – and time – as the match ended in the favor of the former champions.
Dempo are on 40 points – three behind Sporting Clube de Goa. Panjim Footballers end their Goa Professional League campaign with 27 points.
Clencio hat-trick as Churchill humble Calangute
Clencio Pinto scored a hat-trick to help Churchill Brothers register a comfortable 4-0 win over Calangute Association in the Goa Professional League at Nagoa VP Ground.
After a goalless first half, the Red Machines put the Calangute defense to the sword with a whirlwind display.
Pinto received a loose ball in the midfield and home slammed from the distance to make it 1-0 in the 48th minute.
Three minutes later, Clencio Pinto made it 2-0 from close after being assisted by Duata from the right.
A goalkeeping blunder from Sanij gifted a third goal to Churchill Brothers. Sanij’s delay in clearing a backpass allowed Clencio Pinto to pounce on the opportunity to complete his hat-trick.
The goalscorer turned provider when he found Shubert Pereira’s run on the left. The latter made it 4-0 in the 64th minute.
Churchill Brothers controlled the rest of the game by maintaining possession to take home all three points. The win takes their tally to 36 points from 16 matches.
Gaurs rally to hold Panjim to a 2-2 draw
10-man FC Goa came from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Panjim Footballers in the Goa Professional League at the Duler Stadium.
Valmiky Miranda was instrumental in dictating the play and it was his assist to Lloyd Cardozo that put Panjim in the driver’s seat in the 33rd minute.
The score was doubled in the 71st minute when Ivon Costa’s pass rolled into the net as keeper Dylan Da Silva looked on helplessly.
The crisis deepened when FC Goa skipper Sarineo Fernandes was given his marching orders in the 77th minute.
Three minutes later, FC Goa capitalized on a defensive lapse as Aaren D’Silva pulled one back for the defending champions.
The scores were level in the 87th minute when Kapil Hoble intercepted a cross and put the ball in the back of the net.
Panjim Footballers held on to the 2-2 scoreline to settle for a point.
Doyal Alves brace in easy FC Goa win
Earlier in the week, a brace by Doyal Alves helped FC Goa register a comfortable 5-1 win over Velsao Sports and Cultural Club in the Goa Professional League at the Rosary Ground, Navelim.
FC Goa opened the score as early as the fourth minute through Christy Davis. Velsao SCC’s Shubham Rao Dessai leveled the scores in the eighth minute.
It took another 30 minutes for the next goal as Doyal Alves netted his first of the evening.
In the 40th minute, Nestor Dias was brought down in the penalty box to award FC Goa a spot-kick. Hayden Fernandes beat Presley Mascarenhas to make it 3-1 before the break.
The contest was truly over in the 73rd minute when Doyal bagged his second of the match. Velsao’s misery was compounded when Sadiq Shaikh put the ball into his own net in the 84th minute.
5-1 and Velsao return to the bottom of the table.
Micky Vaz on target as Vasco edge Salgaocar
Vasco Sports Club fought hard to register a 1-0 win over Salgaocar Football Club in the Goa Professional League match at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa.
Micky Vaz (38’) scored the lone goal of the game to give Vasco crucial three points.
Vasco SC started the match on the front foot and put the Salgaocar goal under pressure. At the other end, Devendra saw his effort saved by the Vasco keeper.
It was in the 38th minute that the deadlock was broken. A fine cross from the right flank by Anil Gaonkar found Micky Vaz. The forward controlled the ball at the edge of the box before curling it at the top corner to make it 1-0 for the Port Towners.
In the second half, Vasco put bodies behind the ball and denied Salgaicar any space to operate. In the end, the 1-0 scoreline helped Vasco SC pull away from the relegation zone.
Salgaocar clip Angel’s wings in the second half
A strong second-half display helped Salgaocar register a fluent 5-2 win over Guardian Angel SC in the Goa Professional League match at Rosary Ground, Navelim.
The Green Brigade broke the deadlock in the 10th minute through a well-taken free-kick routine. Saeesh Halarnkar set up Sanson Pereira with a through ball and the skipper slotted past Guardian Angel SC keeper, Jeet Gupta, to give his team the lead.
Guardian Angel SC responded in the next minute. An attack from the left flank allowed Bamba Musah to level the scores.
Devendra Murgaonkar dribbled past the rival defense and cut back to Andrus John. Jeet Gupta should have done better as John tapped in the second in the 37th minute.
Guardian Angel SC threw in Clive Colaco in the 40th minute and the substitute made an immediate impact by scoring from a corner kick in the 44th minute to level the scores.
Stephen Satarkar was subbed in the second half and the striker turned the game on its head.
Chaitan Komarpant played the ball to Stephen after a run on the left flank. The substitute scored with a first time shot from outside the box to help Salgaocar regain the lead in the 59th minute.
Saeesh Halarnkar played a through pass to Devendra, who set up Stephen for his second. 4-2 in the 78th minute and the game was done and dusted.
Devendra got his name on the scoresheet two minutes later. The striker collected a pass from Saeesh and dribbled past four Guardian Angel SC defenders before slamming home his eighth goal of the season.
Yakubu brace as Guardian Angel SC beat Velsao
A strong second-half display enabled Guardian Angel Sports Club to register a 3-1 win over Velsao Sports & Cultural Club in the Goa Professional League match at the Rosary Ground, Navelim.
Bottom-placed Velsao SCC started the match on front foot and went ahead in the 31st minute from a set-piece.
An Inacio Colaco delivery was met by a Bersal Viegas volley to give Velsao a well-deserved lead.
Guardian Angel SC turned the match around in the second half. Beneston Barreto’s cut-back pass to Yakubu Mohammed allowed the Ghanian to level the scores in the 63rd minute.
The Curchorem side put Velsao under constant pressure before Yakubu unleashed a powerful strike from inside the box to give Guardian Angel the lead in the 76th minute.
Velsao went in search of the equalizer but it was at the other end that the goal was scored. Second-half substitute, Agnelo Colaco, scoring in the 89th minute to take the game beyond Velsao’s reach.