Vasco Sports Club fought back from a goal down to take the initiative, only to allow Bardez FC to come back into the game during added time as both teams settled for a point each in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League at Duler stadium on Friday.
Sonam Bhutia scored in the added time to deny Vasco SC a win.
Cho Lepcha stunned Vasco SC in the early minutes, while Lenstan Afonso and Aman Govekar scored for the Port Towners to give them the lead.
Vasco – who had drawn with Corps of Signals in their last match – made three changes as their defenders Myran Pereira and Shubham Malwankar were out due to double bookings, while Minesh Kunkolkar also missed the match. Instead, Neville Albuquerque, Mainoo Dadanavoor, Sanwil D’Costa and Beneston Barretto got a start.
Bardez coach Savio D’Souza gave a chance to goalkeeper Royal Basumatory, Kalaiyarasan and Aniket Agarwadekar along with recently signed Babun Das.
Vasco started the match on attacking note and made continues attacks on the opponents but could not find the net as the Bardez defenders managed to keep the danger away.
At the other end, Bardez had the best chance to take the lead in the 12th minute when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the box but Cho Lepcha’s header rebounded off the post off Ricard Cardoz’ free-kick.
However, the same combination clicked 27 minutes later when Richard’s cross was brilliantly headed in by the skipper Lepcha making it 1-0 for his side.
Vasco tried to come back in the match but none of their attempts managed to break the Bardez FC defence until lemon break.
The second session saw Vasco playing with different vigour. First, Schubert made a short pass to substitute Moises D’Sa but his powerful shot from the top of the box was brilliantly pushed for a corner by Bardez keeper Royal.
Moises had another chance to find the equaliser in the 63rd minute when Beneston found the substitute with a lob pass but the winger failed to keep his shot on target.
Though Moises could not find the net in the last two attempts, the midfielder contributed in the equaliser with a beautiful free-kick from the right flank which was smartly headed in by skipper Lenstan Afonso to make it all equal for Vasco.
Pumped by the equaliser, Vasco took just five more minutes to surge ahead as Schubert’s cross was brilliantly tapped in by U-20 striker Aman Govekar to make it 2-1 for the Port Towners.
Bardez had a chance to level back in the dying minutes of the match but Vasco custodian Sanju Thapa pushed Richard’s goal-bound attempt for a corner. But, Bardez equalised from the resulting corner as Richards’s corner was brilliantly headed in the top corner by Sonam Bhutia to make it 2-2 for his side.
Bardez striker Ong Lepcha should have sealed the win for his side in the added time when Richard came with another cross in the box but the striker failed to keep his header on target with just Vasco keeper Sanju at the stake.