MAPUSA: A 78th minute strike by Perryson Rebello enabled Sesa Football Academy register a 1-0 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in the third round match of the Goa Professional League at Duler Stadium here on Wednesday.
With the win Sesa climbed to four points while Sporting, having drawn two matches and losing one, stay on two points.
Sporting dictated terms in the first session and had two goal scoring chances early in the match however Royston D’Souza header and Beevan D’Mello strike sailed inches over the crossbar.
For Sesa outfit, their best goal scoring chance came in the 38th minute when striker Yogesh Kadam hoodwinked Jovel Martins and entered the 18-yard box, but was pushed by Royston D’Souza and surprisingly referee Chandrashekar chose to overlook the act.
Five minutes before the breather, Beevan failed to keep his shot from close inside the goal framework, while substitute Joseph Pereira was thwarted by Sesa keeper Reagan Juliao in one-to- one situation.
At the start of the second session, Sporting coach Oscar Bruzon brought in Victorino Fernandes and the move would have paid rich dividend in the first minute itself had the striker was not bit late to get his leg to a deadly cross by Mauvin Borges from the left flank.
It was an equally fought second session with both the teams alternatively having an attempt at each other’s goal.
Sporting defender Clemente Joseph came up with a timely clearance before Alber Gonsalves could aim at the goal. Minutes later, Beevan moved dangerously on the Sesa goal line, and after getting past a host of defenders, latched a grounder which was blocked by custodian Reagan.
Medios of both the teams namely Giresh Naik of Sesa and Sporting’s Joseph Pereira were also unlucky as Giresh’s 25-yard shot missed Sporting goal by a whisker, while Joseph’s scorching shot was too hot for Sesa keeper to hold, but onrushing Olvin Cardozo was late to score off the rebound.
Sesa colts caught the Sporting defense napping in the 78th minute as Perryson Rebello scored a gem of a goal almost from an acute angle beating keeper Melroy Fernandes, who guarded the first post.
In the last quarter of the match, Sporting came up with a series of raids on the rival territory.
Substitute Melvin Fernandes brought an intelligent tackle on Sporting’s Beevan just outside the penalty box, costing him his second booking from referee Chandrashekhar.
Beevan cross saw Victorino’s diving header went in vain, while Victorino’s cross was poorly connected by Beevan from just outside the 6-yard box.
Sesa coach Anthony D’Souza credited the victory to his team as he said the boys played as a combined unit till the final hooter against a tuff opponent.
Sesa FA outshine Sporting Clube