Rossman Cruz SC entered the finals of Late Joao Francisco/Luiza Pacheco Cup football tournament defeating Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda 22-21 via a marathon penalty shootout (sudden death) in the semifinals played at panchayat grounds, Betalbatim on Monday.
The teams played a goalless draw during the regulation time, and in the following tie-breaker both the teams were once again locked in a 5-5 draw. Rossman Cruz SC scored through Preston Rego, Christo D’Mello, Savio Fernandes, Myron Fernandes and Haston Velho, while DBO Fatorda also scored accurately through Velito Miranda, Cliff Barretto, Savio Quadros, Edgar Noronha and Ashley
With the deadlock still remaining intact, the final result had to be decided via sudden death which seemed to be endless until Rossman Cruz succeeded with 22 shots, while DBO Fatorda found the mark on 21 counts and were knocked out of the tournament.
Rossman Cruz SC will meet Navelim Villagers Union in the finals scheduled on August 26.
Earlier in the regulation time both the teams matched each other well in all the departments of the game. Both had few goal scoring chances but the goalkeepers on either side proved to have a safe pair of
While Rossman Cruz keeper Preston Rego made some brilliant saves for his team, his counterpart Swizel Pereira of DBO Fatorda also proved his mettle by making some out of the blue saves.