Nine-men FC Goa put a fine second half display as they went on to beat Salgaocar FC 3-1 in the AIFF Elite League match played at Ella ground on Thursday.
FC Goa had good ball possession since the start as a few warning shots were fired at the Salgaocar goal before the likes of Joybert Almeida, Vasim Inamdar and Brison Fernandes combined to create more chances for the Gaurs.
The best chance of the first half came to Vasim, who ran
into the box and after some slick passing shot at the goal which smashed the crossbar
instead of rippling the
FC Goa goalkeeper Hrithik Tiwari was also fairly busy in the first period, but handled every strike expertly.
Deeshank Kunkalikar had an opportunity towards the end of the first half to make it 1-0, but his shot was deflected by the goalkeeper.
The scoreline read 0-0 at the break.
The game sprung into life in the second half, and it was FC Goa who took the lead after the referee pointed to the spot for a handball. Vasim stepped up and coolly converted making it 1-0.
The Gaurs put together a sensational spell of passing that left Salgaocar in splits. After some lovely interplay Brison managed to beat the keeper.
The breathing space allowed the youngsters to take a step back, but tempers flared in the 71st minute when Velroy Fernandes got into an altercation with the opposition.
The referee showed a red card to Velroy for dissent, but it didn’t faze the team as they pushed forward and found a third thanks to Brison once more. This time, an emphatic strike into the top corner sealed the deal.
Towards the end, a contentious decision gave Salgaocar a consolation goal as the ball appeared to be cleared off the line, but the referee bizarrely gave a goal instead, causing outrage among the FC Goa players.
Nonetheless, the goal stood, and Salgaocar were awarded a penalty soon after, but the kick was missed after it hit the post.
A moment of madness from goalkeeper Hritik led to him being sent off in the dying moments of the game and the Gaurs ended with nine on the pitch, but were able to see out the match and take home a 3-1 victory.