Navelim: Bersal Viegas’ strike in the 34th minute made the difference as it helped Velsao Sports & Cultural Club edge out Sesa Football Academy by a solitary goal and extend their unbeaten run to four games in the GFA’s Goa Professional League, at Rosary ground, Navelim, on Monday.
With the win Velsao SCC moved to 15 points from 17 matches, which is on par with Sesa FA who also have similar points from equal outings. However, a superior head to head record helped Velsao SCC leapfrog their opponents to 11th place while Sesa FA now move to bottom of the table.
In a battle between two relegation-threatened teams, the match lived up to the expectations as there was plenty of action. Velsao SCC had couple of chances to take early lead but the strikers failed to score. First, Velsao’s midfielder Shamir Babu played a cut back-pass to their skipper Joseph Pereira who was in the box, and the last man shot straight to the keeper.
Later, Velsao’s U-20 Romario Da Costa should have scored when he received a good delivery from a corner kick but he shot wide from close distance.
However, after much probing, Velsao finally took the lead in the 34th minute when a long throw-in from Umesh Puraj was flicked in the box by foreigner Karamoko Usman to Bersal Viegas and the last man guided the ball to the back of the net with a simple tap in, 1-0.
Sesa FA’s Richard made a brilliant move in the rival territory but before he could pull the trigger with the goal at sight, Velsao’s Bersal wrongly tackled him outside the box, giving away a freekick.
From the resultant free-kick, Richard’s effort was once again blocked by Bersal Viegas. Velsao SCC led 1-0 at the break.
In the second half, Velsao SCC created many chances but were not able to consolidate their lead. First, Jesloy Moniz made a solo run from the centre but couldn’t get past the rival keeper Sapan Singh. Minutes later, Velsao’s Inacio’s shot hit the cross bar from a distance and later Remedios’ effort also hit the woodwork and went out of the play.
Sesa FA also had an opportunity to draw level when Domnic played a defence-splitting pass to Richard but his effort sailed over the bar.