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Calangute, Sesa share points in goalless affair

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Calangute Association and Sesa Football Academy (SFA) played out a goalless draw in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League, played at Duler Stadium, on Tuesday.

SFA assistant coach Armando Colaco made one change to his side which drew with FC Goa in the last match, defender Biken Chabungbam being replaced Sandeep S in the starting XI. On the other hand, Calangute gaffer Sevirino Fernandes gave start to their newly signed winger Alesh Sawant along with U-20 Siddhant Shirodkar, while Denson Fernandes and Moises D’Sa were back in the lineup for the beachside boys.

Calangute had a chance to surge ahead when the game was just three minutes old when Alesh made a through pass to Daryl Costa in the box but Sesa defender Myran Pereira cleared the threat before the striker could do any damage.

Calangute had two more chances in the next half hour as first; Alesh Sawant tried to find his teammate Gaurav Vaigankar through a free kick but Sesa custodian Sapam Singh collected the ball on time. Next, keeper Sapam made a brilliant save in the 33rd minute when Gaurav’s long ranger was excellently fisted over the crossbar by him.

At the other end, Sesa’s only chance of the session came in the 45th minute when Visnu Gosavi was brought down just outside the box by Calangute defender and through the resultant free kick, Visnu shot straight into the hands of Calangute keeper Sanij Bugde from 25
yards.

SFA had another opportunity from the set-piece in the 63rd minute when Richard Cardoz sent a long free kick to Myran in the box but the lad failed to keep the free header on target as the ball sailed over the crossbar.

Sesa wasted another opportunity in the 73rd minute when Olvin Cardozo made a short pass to Shajam P in the box who squared it to Richard at the far post but the winger banged it over the crossbar from close.

At the other end, Calangute forward Daryl had the best chance to give his side the lead when he was set up by their skipper Moises D’Sa with a long cross. However, the forward failed to capitalise on an easy chance with rival keeper Sapam out of position.

Another opportunity went in vain for the Academy boys in the 85th minute when Domnic Soares made inch-perfect through pass to onrushing Richard in the box who failed to tap the ball home with just the rival keeper Sanij at stake.

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