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Guardian Angels make Sporting Clube toil for win

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Sporting Clube de Goa needed to induct Marcus Mascarenhas in the second half to give direction to their game and it paid off with the striker scoring one and Alton Vaz to defeat Guardian Angel Sports Club 2-0 in the Goa football Association (GFA) Professional League at Duler stadium on Saturday.

In a game with little purpose in the first session, both teams fielding foreign players could hardly raise the standard of the game and it was the introduction of Marcus that saw Stendly in better light and the winners play with more purpose.

Both sides had dropped points in the last matches, as Sporting were held to a goalless draw by Calangute Association and Angels held 1-1 by Sesa FA.

Sporting Clube was the first to create a chance and it was an occasion for the Angels keeper to announce his presence below the horizontal. Sporting defender George D’Souza sent a cross in the box which was cleared by an Angel’s defender. The ball rolled to Alton who released it to Philip Odogwu but the forward’s strike was brilliantly tipped by Angel’s keeper Pratheesh Veettil.

Both teams had little to offer with Stendly looking out of place on the right flank and Aslon Oliveira not up to his best for Guardian Angels. The two foreign players – Philip Odogwu of Sporting Clube and Bamba of Guardian Angel were unable to disturb the defenders.

Sporting started the second half on an attacking note and once again it was Guardain Angel keeper Pratheesh who rose to the occasion to block Marcus’s effort after the latter was fed by Stendly. Angels retaliated and got an opportunity to score when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Gilbert curled the ball to Musah Bamba but his header was blocked by Sporting keeper Akshat Hadkonkar.

The Flaming Orange finally managed to break the deadlock in the 69th minute when Angels custodian Pratheesh blocked George’s sparkling strike. However, the ball rolled to Peter Carvalho who cut it back to well-positioned Alton. The Sporting defender slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

Sporting doubled their lead in the 86th minute as Philip made a through pass to Marcus who smartly chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

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