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Dempo to play for pride against East Bengal

 

PANAJI: Already out of title contention, defending champions Dempo SC will look to play for pride and conclude their I-League campaign on a winning note as they battle title-contenders East Bengal in the penultimate match at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Saturday.
Dempo are lying fifth with 36 points from 24 matches and will be looking to win their last two matches to finish among the top five. 
Dempo coach Armando Colaco, who missed the last match against Churchill Brothers, is back in the side and will be expecting a better performance from his boys.
“There is plenty of pride at stake,” said Armando. 
Injuries have taken a heavy toll on Dempo’s success in defense of the title as defenders Mahesh Gawli, Rowlison Rodrigues and Pratesh are still nursing injuries.
“The same old problems continue to plague us but the players have now regrouped. This is the time to prove ourselves, again,” said Armando.
Talking about his opponents the former India coach said, “East Bengal is a difficult team and we all know that. They have title ambitions and need all full points from us. It will not be easy for them.” 
Dempo will start with Nigerian striker Koko Sakibo and Japanese striker Ryuji Sueoka upfront while with Climax missing, Peter Carvalho and Godwin Franco will anchor the midfield.
East Bengal, on the other hand, have no option but to win on Saturday if they are to stay in contention for the title.
With four draws in a row, East Bengal slipped to third place with 43 points from 23 matches, eight points behind leaders Churchill Brothers. They now need to win all their three remaining matches and see Churchill Brothers lose all their remaining matches if they are to aspire to win the title. A draw on Saturday means they are out of contention for the title race.
East Bengal know that they have a tough job in hand to beat Dempo who will be playing for pride. The four draws in the previous four rounds have also put the team under tremendous pressure but their coach Trevor James Morgan is confident that his team can stand the challenge and win on Saturday.
 

Guardian Angel sail into finals

 

MARGAO: Guardian Angel SC, Curchorem stormed into the finals of St Anthony’s UK Cup football tournament when they knocked out Betalbatim Sporting by a solitary goal  in an exciting semifinals played at Directorate of Sports grounds, Colva on Friday.
The all-important goal was scored by striker Patrick Lima in the 47th minute of the second session of play.
The first session remained all barren despite both the teams trying several shots at each others goal.
Being in top form after their promotion in the second division recently, Guardian Angel started in the right earnest and began to penetrate deep inside the rival territory.
However, the strong Betalbatim defence did well in containing the Guardian Angel strikers and prevented their citadel from falling at least on three occasions in the first half.
But in the second session Guardian Angel finally scored the all-important goal to seal the berth in the finals.
Receiving a nice pass from the right off Manish Oliveira, Guardian Angel’s speedy striker Patrick Lima first nicely chested the ball and then unleashed a powerful shot to beat the Betalbatim keeper Stephen Fernandes.
Betalbatim’s Desmond Fernandes, Denzil Rogtao and Dickson Rogtao were excellent on the field but could not succeed in beating the Guardian Angel keeper Joviel Coutinho who had a fine day under the bar.
Ostin Fernandes, Melwin Fernandes, Marcus D’Costa and Manish Oliveira worked hard to increase the margin for Guardian Angel but their shots at times just missed the mark narrowly and on the other instances were saved by the Betalbatim keeper.
Guardian Angel SC will now meet Wilred Leisure in the finals to be held on May 5.
 

Dempo juniors win opening match of MUPC

 

PANAJI: Dempo Sports Club U-15 boys began their conquest of the 2013 Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) on a winning note as they blanked Pune FC juniors 2-0 at the Sesa Football Academy grounds at Shirsaim, Friday.
Pune FC tried to survive the onslaught of the Dempo players in the first half and were successful in keeping a clean score sheet until half time. They pushed hard for an early goal in the second half but were denied chances by the Dempo defence who refused to be unnerved. 
Playing with their traditional 4-4-2 formation, Dempo strikers Salu Santos and Edwin Viegas traumatised the Pune colts. In one such move, Edwin’s powerful strike at the goal was stopped by hand by a Pune FC defender, for which Dempo earned a penalty and Pune were downsized to 10 players.
After going one goal up Dempo juniors officially sealed their victory in the dying minutes of the match when Salu Santos collected the ball from his right, moved in a scoring position, and hit a venomous shot that breezed past Pune FC goalkeeper.
Dempo will play their next group match against a Football Academy team from Madhya Pradesh on May 5.
 

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Curtorim Gym blank UB Palolem
MARGAO: Curtorim Gymkhana defeated United Boys of Palolem 2-0 to enter the quarters of the 17th Holy Cross inter-village football tournament at Vodlemoll grounds Kakoda. Santeiro Monteiro took Curtorim ahead after converting a pass from Welson Fernandes. The score read 1-0 at half-time. In the second half Curtorim missed a couple of chances but Santeiro Monteiro completed his brace after getting a rebound from the rival keeper to put Curtorim ahead by 2-0. The score remained same till full-time.
Saligao Sporting enter semis
MAPUSA: Saligao Sporting made it to the semis of the Milagres Soccer Cup, organised by Milagres Sports Club, with a 1-0 win over PVC Parrra at Bodgeshwar grounds, here on Friday. The all-important goal for Saligao Sporting came in the 68th minute of play as Raul D’Mello’s corner was brilliantly headed by Ajit Diwadkar. Parra tried their best to wipe out the one-goal deficit, but the last line of Saligao defence held to the lead till the final hooter.
Nerul move into next round
MAPUSA: Nerul Sports Club registered a hard-fought 4-2 win via tie-breaker over Pilerne Sports Club in the Penha de Franca Soccer Cup, played at Sangolda grounds, on Friday. The teams were locked in a goalless draw at the end of the regulation time. In the penalty shootout Nerul kept cool and returned home victorious getting the better of their rivals by 4-2 margin.
Goa Velha down Nagao SC
MAPUSA: Goa Velha Sports Club started their campaign in the Morgim Soccer Cup on a winning note as they registered a 2-0 win over Nagoa Sports Club in the inaugural match, played at Morgim grounds, on Friday. Goa Velha struck a goal in each session of play through Sidroy Alfonso (30th min) and Ivo D’Souza (58th min). 
Power Minister trophy from today
PANAJI: The Power Minister’s Trophy, a one-day tennis ball cricket tournament for Electricity Department Employees Union, organised by S/D III, Electricity Department, Canacona will be held at SAG Sports Complex, Agonda, Canacona on May 4.  In all 22 teams will vie for the trophy. The winners will receive cash prize of Rs 10,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 7,000. The inaugural match will be played between Power Minister’s eleven and Sports Minister’s eleven at 9 am. The closing ceremony will be held at 5 pm. Minister for Power, Mr Milind Naik and the Minister for Sports, Mr Ramesh Tawadkar will be the chief guest and guest of honours respectively.
Floodlight control cricket at Fatorda
PANAJI: Friends Cricketers Fatorda will organise 1st All Goa floodlight control cricket tournament on May 4 and 5 at Colaco ground, opposite Nehru Stadium Fatorda (North stand) from 7 pm. Winners will get cash prize of Rs 25,555; runners-up Rs 15,555; while third-place winners will get Rs 5,000. Besides others prizes will also be given. For more details Mr Niraj Naik may be contacted.
9-a-side cricket at Morjim 
PANAJI: Khinder Boys Morjim is organising 9-a-side cricket tournament at Morjim on May 5. Winners will get cash prize of Rs 8,000 and runners-up will get Rs 4,000. For more details Mr Shekhar or Mr Umesh may be contacted.
Floodlight football tie-breaker at Pompurba
PANAJI: Augustias Sporting Club, Pomburpa is organising their all Goa floodlight football tie-breaker on Saturday, May 4 from 7 pm. First place winners will get cash prize of Rs 8,000 and Rs 6,000 will be given to 2nd place winners. Spot entries will be accepted. For more details Mr Sanil Faia or Mr Premyeshvar may be contacted.
Grassroots soccer camp at Corlim
PANAJI: Friends Sporting Club, Corlim will be organising their first ever grassroots football coaching camp for boys between the age of 9-12 years from May 8 to June 4. The coaching will be held from 7 am to 8.30 am. Boys born between 01-01-2001 and 0101-2004 are eligible to participate.      
Mumbai Rush Soccer training camp 
in Margao
PANAJI: Mumbai Rush Soccer Center of Excellence training programme will start from May 6 in Margao with a one month residential training. The training will be conducted by USSF ’A’ License coach Mitch Bickmore, Technical Director of Mumbai Rush Soccer. The children from Mumbai will be training and residing in Goa during the training, the training will be in two sessions, morning as well as in the evening. The players will thereafter train in Mumbai for five months under Mitch Bickmore before leaving for a month long training in USA. 
 

Sagun Kamat stripped of Goa captaincy

PANAJI: Goa Ranji captain Sagun Kamat was on Thursday stripped of his captaincy as he was found guilty of misconduct by GCA’s Inquiry Committee, which met at its Porvorim office to discuss the matter regarding the spat that occurred between him and another player Kashinath Chari during the Premier League match held at Bits Pilani ground, Vasco last month.

Wilred Leisure seal finals berth

MARGAO: Wilred Leisure SC entered the finals of St Anthony’s UK Cup football tournament with a fighting 3-2 win against Sporting Club of Davorlim in an exciting semifinal match played at Directorate of Sports grounds, Colva on Thursday.

Goa to host South, West leg of MUPC

PANAJI: Goa Football Association will host South and West leg of Nike’s Manchester Untied Premier Cup (MUPC) at Sesa Football Academy from May 3.

Churchill down Dempo

MAPUSA: Churchill Brothers SC defeated Dempo SC with a solitary goal to secure full points in the GFA’s U-20 Taca First Division League, played at Sangolda grounds, on Thursday.

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