Betalbatim Sporting Club registered a hard fought 2-1 win over Fr Agnelo Youth Sports Club, Paroda to enter the quarterfinals of the Custodio Memorial Football Tournament played at panchayat grounds, Raia on Saturday.
Starting the match on an attacking note Fr Agnelo Youth Sports Club, Paroda went into the lead in the 20th minute of play when their speedy striker Sezvin Fernandes ran solo down the right flank and on entering the rival box, made an angular effort to beat the Betalbatim SC keeper Micky Antao.
Betalbatim thereafter wove some good moves, one of which culminated into a goal to level the score in the 26th minute.
Attacking medio Aniston Fernandes who had a good game, dodged two rival defenders on the right flank and after taking the ball deep inside towards the corner, sent a high cross where defender Klushner Pereira rose above the tight Fr Agnelo defensive wall to send the ball to the far corner of the nets.
Betalbatim defence became unpregnable thereafter as stopper back Frazier Rogtao, Klushner Pereira, Johnson D’Souza and Manushawn Fernandes stood like a rock, never allowing the Fr Agnelo strikers to have a clear look at their goal.
Fr Agnelo strike force consisting of Kanchan Kiro and Sezvin Fernandes could do nothing much to maneavour as every attempt to penetrate, the Betalbatim defence stood firm to keep the rival strikers at bay.
Five minutes before the lemon break Betalbatim scored another goal which proved to be the match winner after wing back Manushawn Fernandes dispatched a powerful header to the top corner of the rival nets off a flag kick taken by Zebon Dias.
The second session saw both the teams dishing out brilliant show as the ball rolled on from one end to the other. However, the defence of both the teams as the goalkeepers on either side stood their grounds well enough.
While Betalabtim keeper Micky Antao provided two smart saves, the Fr Agnelo keeper also rose to the occasion to pluck the ball smartly on three counts.
Both the teams pressed hard in the last few minutes of play to try and score, but no goal came forth till the final hooter.
Just a minute before the final whistle, Betalbatim defender Frazier Rogtao tried a long shot which missed the