DULER: Salgaocar FC were the first to show goal scoring intent but, Sporting Clube de Goa started the scoring and finished the evening 2-1 and on pole position of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) U-18 Youth league (Goa Zone) at Duler stadium on Tuesday.
One again , Sporting Clube de Goa enjoyed possession. The game largely schemed by Stendly Fernandes saw Joyson Gauncar , dattaraj Goankar and Aman Govekar helping with quick assists through the flanks and it was the combination of the four that posed most problems to the Salgaocar FC defense.
Salgaocar FC was the first to have a clear look at the Sporting goal. Kevin Negredo had two clear good chances created for him By Ribhav .However, the former fumbled and that led to his substitution before the lemon break.
Kaushik Negi tried to change the pace of the game from the midfield but could do little with Chaitan Komarpant playing very withdrawn till the appearance of substitute Levy Pereira. It was only after the introduction of Levy that Chaitan and Frezer Gomes opened their game and the boys from Vasco began to play with more purpose.
Sporting got their first chance at the salgaocra goal when the game was around 40 minutes. The sporting shot at goal hit the right bar before trickling out. However, three minutes later, Aman scored the first goal for Sporting after a goal mouth scramble. A salgaocar defender in an attempt to clear the ball on the goal line saw his ball hit Aman who was chasing the rebound and deflect in fo the first goal of the evening.
The goal awoke Chaitan who had a try at goal before the interval. His shot, however, was kicked away for a corner by sporting goalkeeper Akshat Hadkonkar.
Sporting led by a goal , during the break.
Substitute levy Pereira did raise the level of Salgaocar attack in the second session but not high enough to restore parity. Around the hour mark, levy had a clear sight at goal but he ballooned over.
Few minutes later, Aman could have registered his brace had he not squandered an easy opportunity after he was fed through by Stendly Fernandes. And, Trijoy Dias followed again missing an attempt after Stendly had done the spadework.
The last thirty minutes of the game witnessed the Salgaocar players all over the Sporting citadel. Levy Pereira found Aaron barreto open and slid the ball to him to score and bring salgaocar back into the game.
Salgaocar tried hard for the equaliser but the Sporting defense stood tall through the remainder of the game. Towards the closing minutes Levy had the best opportunity to score and level. However, he fumbled with just the Sporting keeper to beat.
Sporting Clube de Goa is now on top of the table with thirteen points from six matches and Salgaocar are second with eight points from the same number of games.