FC Bardez maintained their top spot in the GFA Pro league but could not extend the same as they were held to a goalless draw by Guardian Angel SC at Duler stadium on Monday.
FC Bardez are on 18 points from nine matches, while Guardian Angel has nine points from six matches.
Bardez coach Armando Colaco made four changes by starting with Richard Costa, Myron Mendes, Latesh Mandrekar and Anil Chawan from their last league match, while Guardian Angel coach Remus Dantas made one change by starting with Anthony Pereira.
In the early part of the match Curchorem’s stopper back Micky Fernandes escaped twice with just a caution and no booking, but Alesh Sawant failed capitalize on the resultants free kicks.
From the very start of the first session, Ghanian Yakubu Mohammad was closely marked by Bardez stopper backs Rowilson Rodrigues and Anil Chawan.
It was only in the 38th minute that Micky Fernandes stiff grounder from outside the penalty box was blocked on the goal line by Anil Chawan to the relief of the Bardez camp.
During injury time, a scorching right footer from skipper Nicholas Rodrigues was confidently collected by Bardez custodian Mirshad Koottappunna.
At the other end, Bardez succeeded in getting six corners but none could be converted into goals by their strikers.
On crossing over ,at the very start, Alesh Sawant had two close attempts at the Churchorem goal, but keeper Ram Sroop denied him a goal.
At the other end ,Yakubu Mohammad displayed his dribbling skills by taking the ball from the right flank and after dancing past a host of defenders took a crack at the goal which was bravely blocked by keeper Mirshad.
In the 71st minute, Bardez almost scored, when a cross from the right flank by Latesh Mandrekar was not cleanly collected by keeper Ram Sroop, but before Peter Carvalho could react by tapping the ball into the goal, keeper dived at the latter’s feet. It was total disbelief for Curchorem’s team mates and supporters to witness substitute Lavino Fernandes tap the ball over the post off a perfect pass inside the penalty box by Yakubu Mohammad.
In a counter attack, Curchorem keeper Ram Sroop came with a breath taking save as he pushed Nigerian Sakibo placement for a corner from close off a through pass by Alesh Sawant.