Sporting Clube de Goa and Churchill Brothers SC remain static at third and fourth position respectively after playing out a 1-1 draw in the GFA’s Goa Professional League match, at Rosary grounds in Navelim on Tuesday.
Sporting Clube de Goa needed just a win to dethrone leaders Goan FC (14 points from 6 games) from the top position but Tuesday’s 1-1 draw meant that they remain on 13 points from 7 games, and stay one rug below second-placed Dempo SC, who too have 13 points from 6 games but have superior goal difference.
Churchill Brothers also had a chance to displace second-placed Dempo SC but that was not to be as after the draw they continue to stay at fourth position with 12 points from 6 games.
Churchill Brothers SC went into the lead in the 29th minute through medio Cyrus Noronha whose header bounced on the goalline and crashed into the nets, deceiving Sporting Clube de Goa keeper Melroy Fernandes.
The goal in Churchill’s favour came off following a deep cross from the left flank which eluded the entire defence of Sporting Clube de Goa, and as the ball went to Cyrus he lost no time in heading hard to beat the rival
Sporting Clube de Goa took time to get back on an even keel, and after stitching some good moves roared back into the game with a great goal through striker Marcus Mascarenhas, whose volley from the top of the box struck the left post and crashed in to beat Churchill Brothers SC keeper James Kithan in the 58th minute.
All seemed comfortable for Churchill Brothers in the first half, but what they lacked was the finishing abilities with striker Uttam Rai missing out on at least four clear scoring opportunities. Uttam was so poor on the field that on one occasion he simply could not push the ball in from handshaking distance.
While the first half mostly belonged to Churchill Brothers, the second session saw Sporting Clube de Goa making an impression with some fine moves after demonstrating good combination in the midfield.
Had substitute Victorino Fernandes, who came in the second half in place of Standly Fernandes, been accurate in his shooting abilities Sporting Clube could have easily snatched the win. But that was not to be as Victorino went on muffing three clear chances that came his way.
In the last fifteen minutes of play, the proceedings became quite lively as the ball rolled on from one end to the other with both the teams having some good chances to find the mark.
However, the strikers of both the teams failed to deliver the goods and the teams had to be content with one point each.