A four-goal blitz by striker Alvito Miranda enabled United Club of Palolem register a massive 6-1 win against Navelim Villagers Union and enter the quarterfinals of Rising Cup 2018 football tournament, at Cuncolim grounds on Tuesday.
Selachi Cardozo and Austin Diniz contributed in Palolem’s win by scoring a goal each.
Alvito found the mark in the 2nd, 17th, 20th and 27th minute, while Selachi Cardozo scored in the 40th minute and Austin Diniz found the mark in the 50th minute.
Suraj Naik scored the lone goal for Navelim Villagers in the 30th minute.
Starting the match on an attacking note, UC Palolem went into the lead in the very 2nd minute of play when Alvito Miranda leaped high over Navelim’s defensive wall and sent the ball angularly to the far corner of Navelim’s nets, beating keeper Jit Gupta.
It was a brilliant move created by medio Caitan Fernandes who worked his way down the right flank and then on entering the box passed the ball to Alvito, who responded with a strong header to take the lead.
Alvito thereafter hoodwinked the Navelim defence once again in the 17th minute to buttress their lead as he placed the ball to the far end of the nets from a spot kick. The penalty kick was awarded by the referee after Navelim’s defender brought down Selachi following which Alvito stepped up to take the shot and found the mark in style.
Alvito then completed his hat-trick as he danced around the Navelim defence after receiving the ball from medio Rancher D’Souza into the box and romped home beautifully.
Navelim went on a counter move and came up with a goal through Suraj Naik who beat Palolem keeper Hussein Pinzar with an angular shot.
Thereafter, Alvito scored his fourth goal of the day when he ran solo to bulge the nets.
The second session saw Palolem slowing down the game a bit but still managed to score two more goals through Selachi Cardozo and Austin Diniz.
Navelim began to claw back into the game with some good passes, but their efforts were not enough to beat the tight defence of UC Palolem. The Palolem keeper Hussein Pinzar also proved to be a safe pair of hands.