MARGAO: Fr Agnelo Youth Club, Paroda stormed into the finals of St Rock’s Super Soccer when they knocked out a strong CRC,Chinchinim 5-3 via the tie-breaker at St Rock’s grounds, Majorda on Friday.
Both the teams played an exciting match and the lively proceedings continued till the final whistle, but without any goals.
Fr Agnelo began to attack right in the beginning but some wayward shooting deprived them of goals.
The same story was that of CRC too, who came very close to finding the mark but failed to guide the ball well into the nets.
Even as both the teams tried very hard to score, the goalkeepers of both the teams played a huge role in bringing off smart saves.
In the second session too, the story of missed chances continued coupled with some smart saves by the keepers at both ends.
As the teams were involved in a deadlock, the tie-breaker system had to be adopted to decide the winners in which Fr Agnelo scored accurately all their shots through Anthony Dias, Ramchandra Gaoncar, Edwin D’Costa, Elvison D’Costa and Macroy Lima. Chinchinim could score only through Denzil Rebello, Rayan Fernandes and Vikky Fernandes.
Fr Agnelo Youth Club, Paroda will meet Pax of Nagao in the finals scheduled on May 19. NT
PANAJI: Deva Naik made it to the finals of the 7th All Goa Pandharinath Shirodkar Memorial Boxing Championship beating Omkar Gadekar (People’s) with referee stopping contest in the third round. The George Brothers both Keith and Kevin eased through to the finals outclassing their opponents. Sandeep BC the youngest boxer from Panjim Boxing Club and a crowd favorite won the gold by throwing a fury of punches on his opponent and won on points defeating Rohan Salgaonkar (St Joseph) who won a silver medal. The last bout of the day saw Bhim (PBC) vs Pratik Naik (People’s) fighting it out till the end, although Bhim much shorter was going for the first attack and using basic left, right power punches at his opponent. Bhim earned himself a gold medal. Today’s bouts will commence at 2:30 pm.
HC Arambol down Sai Avatar
MAPUSA: Holy Cross Arambol scored a 2-0 win over Sai Avatar Sports Club Anjuna to enter the quarter-finals of Xetrapal Soccer Cup, organised by Xetrapal Sports Club, at Xetrapal grounds , on Friday. Both the goals came in the first session of play. In the 20th minute, medio Amit Fernandes sent a 20-yard shot which crashed to the far corner of Anjuna goal, 1-0. It did not take long for Arambol to consolidate their lead as Simon Fernandes after getting past a couple of defenders placed the ball into the goal, 2-0.
Saligao Sporting enter finals
MAPUSA: Saligao Sporting Club sailed into the finals of Penha de Franca Soccer Cup, with a solitary goal win over Nerul Sports Club, at Sangolda grounds, on Friday. The all-important goal for Saligao came in the 55th minute through former Sporting player Bibiano Fernandes, who scored from outside the penalty box.
Super Cup: Dempo to meet Sesa FA today
PANAJI: A Super Cup match between Sesa Football Academy and Dempo Sports Club will be played at Duler ground on May 18 at 4pm.
Tie-breaker at Curpawado
PANAJI: All Goa 2-a-side tie-breaker will be organised on May 18 by Youth of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Chapel, Curpawado, Cortalim at Chapel ground from 8 pm onwards. Entry fee is ` 300. ` 15,000 and
` 10,000 will be awarded.
Tie-breaker at Pomburpa
PANAJI: Russian Boys of Pomburpa will organize a 2-a-side tie-breaker on May 18 at Augustias Pombupa church grounds, at 8pm. ` 7777 and ` 5555 will be awarded.
Floodlit volleyball tourney at Cuncolim MARGAO: The Cuncolim Union in association with Goa Volleyaball Association will organize all Goa inter-village floodlit volleyball tournament from May 17-19 at Kaita Xeth, Near Cuncolim bus stand, Cuncolim. Matches commence at 7pm.
MAPUSA: It was a day to be cherished for the170 boys and girls from 6 grassroots development centres of GFDC and 3 of GFA who participated in the AIFF Grassroots Football Festival Day, in the half-day programme which consisted of short 7-sided games and various drills at Duler stadium, here on Wednesday.
The programme was conducted by Derryl D’Souza, GFDC football development officer (coaching) and Socorro Vaz, who attended the FIFA grassroots training programme in Kalyani.
To celebrate the AFC Grassroots Year 2013, AIFF had organized 20 grassroots festivals across the country aptly themed as ‘Let’s Play’.
The AFC Grassroots Day on May 15 coincided with the International Family Day and was celebrated throughout the Asian countries by the Member Associations.
Mr Elvis Gomes, Member Secretary GFDC welcomed the gathering and expressed that the GFDC and GFA are in the process of developing a stronger base of players at the grassroot level by conducting the grassroot development programmes, the kind of which has not been seen earlier in Goa.
Speaking at the function, chief guest Mr Francis D’Souza, deputy chief minister, said: “It’s good to see such a huge turnout for this programme. You all have the capabilities to become good footballers, but you must remember to maintain good fitness and discipline with good nutritional input.”
GFDC chairman, Dr Rufino Monteiro said: “We have conducted this programme at this artificial turf, so that you get the best exposure at this world class football pitch.”
He further expressed that through the Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar’s declaration of football as the state sport and the grassroot development centres set up by GFDC, his dream was to see many Goan “Messis”, “Ronaldos”, “Drogbas” and “John Terrys” emerging from the massive talent that is in Goa in days to come as an outcome of the grassroot development programmes.
He also announced that from May 16, the study of the nutritional assessment of the boys at the various development centres would begin, from the Valpoi centre and advice for the nutritional uplift as well as correction of any health defects would also be given. Mr Alirio Lobo congratulated the GFDC on behalf of GFA for conducting the AFC Grassroots Football Festival. Mr Kennedy D’Silva, executive secretary, GFDC compered while Nancy Fernandes, assistant secretary, GFDC proposed the vote of thanks.
MARGAO: Playing as a cohesive outfit, Pax of Nagoa knocked out Varca SC 4-3 via the tie-breaker to storm into the finals of St Rock’s Super Soccer at St Rock’s grounds, Majorda on Wednesday. There was no score at full time.
Both the teams created fast-paced moves as the ball kept moving all the while from one end to the other.
Initially, Varca appeared to be superior in terms of ball possession as they resorted to short passes which kept the rivals guessing for a while.
However, it was Nagoa’s defence that stood strong and foiled several attempts made by the Varca team.
The midfield of both the teams played to a set pattern of holding the ball and then looked for gaps in each other’s defence and the ploy seemed to have worked successfully for sometime, but all the hard efforts came to naught due to smart goalkeeping at either end.
Pax of Nagoa too on a couple of occasions came up with dangerous moves and had their tries entered the nets, the script of today’s match could have been a different one altogether in the second session of play.
But that had not be as it was the Varca team that worked in tandem in the defence in this half of play and did not allow to cause any damage to their citadel.
The teams continued to play a lively match with their set pattern of play of latching on to quick passes which were quite accelerating and as such both the teams seemed to have some hard time to contain the dangerously moving strikers, who were somehow prevented from scoring.
Restraining the strikers seemed to be the main aim in the last 15 minutes of play and as such no goals came forth, even though some cracks were witnessed in the deep defensive line on both the sides.
Under such insurmountable pressure that was carried out, both the teams focused on defending the citadel and in the end it was a goalless draw when the final whistle was blown.
As such, the teams went in for the tie-breaker to decide the winners in which Pax of Nagao proved to be better shooters scoring accurately through Shon Pereira, Menino Pereira, Vithal Rego and Manuel D’Costa.
Varca could find the mark only through Vilroy D’Cruz, Columbian Noronha and Falsinger Fernandes.
MAPUSA: Chatur Naik’s two-goal blitz enabled Goa Velha Sports Club lift the Saligao United Soccer Cup with a 2-0 win over Nerul Sports Club at Dr Gustavo Monteiro stadium, Candolim.
Chatur Naik was at his very best as he scored a goal in each session of play.
Hardly had the teams settled down, when Chatur Naik controlled a cross by Marlon Gonsalves and slotted the ball past Nerul keeper Xavier Estrocio, 1-0.
In the 25th minute, Nerul had a chance to level terms, but Goa Velha keeper Anthony D’Souza produced a full length diving save to push Jovito Fernandes’ 30-yard scorching right footer for a corner.
A fine cross by Royden Camelo from the left flank beat stopper back Avinash Shirodkar to find an unmarked Chatur Naik, who coolly tap the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0.
In the closing stage a fine placement by Janifer Clemente missed the Goa Velha goal by a whisker.
Goa Velha received the winners cash prize of Rs 35,000 along with trophy, while Nerul had to be content with runners-up trophy and cash prize of Rs 25,000.
Following individual prizes were awarded: Best Goalkeeper: Anthony D’Souza (Goa Velha); Best Defender: Joseph Rodrigues (Goa Velha); Best Half: Dnyaneshwar Madgaonkar (Nerul); Best Forward: Chatur Naik (Goa Velha); Upcoming players: Evaristo Fernandes and Edwin Fernandes -Saligao United.
Saligao United, president Mr Peter Fernandes and secretary Mr Patrick D’Souza introduced chief guest Mr Ashok Salgaonkar, Manager of Goa State Co-operative Bank Calangute, Mr Lavinio Rebello, GFA’s Vice President, Mr Babli Mandrekar, Mr Uday Lingudkar, Mr Gajanand Kerkar and Mr Melwyn Menezes, all GFA executive committee members to the players and match officials.
Mr Ashok Salgaonkar, chief guest and Mr Babli Mandrekar spoke. Mr Bruno D’Souza compered and proposed the vote of thanks.
Indian national football team coach Wim Koevermans along with other AIFF officials conducted inspections at Dempo Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa under the guidelines of the Indian Club Licensing Criteria set up by Asian Football Confederation and FIFA
PANAJI: Indian national football team coach Wim Koevermans along with other AIFF officials conducted inspections at Dempo Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa under the guidelines of the Indian Club Licensing Criteria set up by Asian Football Confederation and FIFA.
It is now mandatory that any club who wishes to participate in the I-League from 2013 onwards must comply with certain criteria as laid down by the AFC/FIFA.
Today’s visit was to positively encourage the clubs to follow the professional guidelines.
Mr Armando Colaco, General Secretary of the club, presided over the meeting and welcomed the guests. Inspections began with a tour of the overall infrastructure checking that the players and their training facilities are in good order. The team also checked with the junior players about their nutrition and training schedule.
Later a meeting was organised with the junior team coaches wherein they were given some useful tips by Mr Koevermans.
After a thorough look at the training facilities at Sangolda, the inspection team reviewed facilities at the club often advising on maintaining records as per the FIFA guidelines. Later the AIFF officials interacted with Dempo officials and offered specific suggestions tailored to support the club and help them meet the criteria.
They seemed to be satisfied with the policies and procedures followed at the club.
After visiting Salgaocar FC and Churchill Bros SC tomorrow, they will be travelling to Kolkata and North East for their final stage of club inspections.
In a press release by Sporting Clube, India coach Wim Koervermans along with a delegation of top ranking AIFF officials, paid a visit to the Sporting Clube de Goa office and training ground to check on the progress the club has made in meeting the Indian Club Licensing criteria in Panaji, on Wednesday.
The club was assessed on five key areas, which included Sporting, Personnel and Administrative, Infrastructure, financial and Legal criteria. The documentation was sent earlier to the AIFF and the visits were carried out to enhance their assessment.
In the morning, Licensing manager Roma Khanna along with Indranil Das visited the club’s headquarters in Campal and interviewed the clubs staff. There was also an opportunity for both parties to exchange ideas and give feedback on further ways to professionalise Indian football.
In the afternoon it was the turn of coach Wim and technical committee member Pushpargha Chattopadhyaya to visit the Sporting Goa training ground facilities at Don Bosco High School, Panaji.
Wim was ecstatic with joy when he saw the Infrastructure the club had built, which included the two training pitches and futsal ground. The clubhouse facilities was also inspected, which included changing rooms, managers room, canteen, medical room, board meeting room and games area.
The Dutchman spent time speaking to the Flaming Oranje coaches. He was particularly interested in the number of competitive games the junior teams were playing.
The charismatic coach also gave a few words of encouragement, to the Sporting Goa U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20 players, which had assembled at the venue.
“If every I-League club president had the same vision then it would be great for Indian football. It’s easy, you have to have a plan and just do it,” reasoned Wim.