Saturday, January 16, 2021



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Conceicao claims 5 swim gold

PANAJI: Conceicao Clement of AJ Almeida High School, Ponda secured five gold medals in All Goa Mini Higher and Secondary Higher School Swimming Championships organised by Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs held recently at Ponda Swimming Complex, Ponda.

Bhakti has second scalp

PANAJI: Woman Grandmaster Bhakti Kulkarni registered her second win in as many matches at Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain Foundation’s 39th Premier National Women Chess Championship on Thursday.

Candolim lift Honey Bee Friendship Cup


MAPUSA: Candolim Sports Club registered a 5-4 win via sudden death over Sangolda Lightning Sports Club to lift the glittering Honey Bee Friendship Cup, organised by Quitula Sports Club and played at Quitula grounds on Wednesday. 
The teams were locked in a goalless draw at the end of the 70 minutes duel. 
Both the sides had an attempt each at the goal in the first session of play. Govind Bhatkar free kick from outside the penalty box was saved by the Candolim keeper Marshal Simoes. In the 28th minute of play Sachin Chopdekar had only the Sangolda keeper to beat, but he shot wide.
On crossing over, Candolim had better ball possession and shots at the rival goal through Sigmound Sequeria, Jolief Simoes and Bapu Pednekar.
Candolim received the winners cash prize of `20,000 and a trophy, while Sangolda Lightning had to be content with runners-up trophy and cash prize 
of `15,000. 
Mr Glen Souza Ticlo, MLA Aldona, was the chief guest and distributed prizes in the presence of Dr Rufino Monteiro, Chairman GFDC, Mr K Gopinath, Dy GM United Spirits Ltd, Mr Alberto Colaco, Secretary SAFF and Ms Ujwala Kandolkar, Sarpanch Aldona. Also present were GFA members Mr Lavino Rebello, Mr Babli Mandrekar, Mr Alirio Lobo and Mr Schubert Furtado. Mr Blaize D’Cruz compered 
the function.
Following individual prizes were awarded—Best Goalkeeper: Washington Pereira (Sangolda); Best Defender: Gauresh Porob (Sangolda); Best Midfielder: Jolief Simoes (Candolim); Best Discipline Team: 
FC Siolim.

NRB Vasco, Sesa FA share spoils


MARGAO: NRB Vasco and Sesa Football Academy played out a thrilling 2-2 draw to split points in the GFA’s Kingfisher Professional League football match at Nehru stadium, Fatorda on Wednesday.
Sesa FA were leading 1-0 at half time with a 45th minute strike from Mauvin Borges but NRB Vasco came back strongly to restore parity within five minutes from the start of the second session through Felix Odili. Rohan Kamble’s goal in the 75th minute almost made it a certain victory for Vasco but Chukwudi Chukwuma magic in the 89th minute saw Sesa FA level the score as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
The first half was clearly dominated by Sesa FA who with their meticulous passes and positional play tore apart the Vasco defence on quite a few occasions but were unable to score until the 45th minute to take the lead.
Vasco were a totally transformed side in the second session as they first restored parity and then went on to take a 2-1 lead over their opponents.  Sesa however stunned everyone with their miraculous comeback in the dying minutes of the match when they managed to find the much-needed equaliser.
While the first half was played on a rather precautions manner with both the teams being on the defensive for most part of the play, it was the Sesa team that proved to gain advantage following the goal that came in their favour just a few seconds before the half time. Sesa were on the attacking mode for a spell of about seven minutes before the half time whistle and attacked relentlessly producing three continuous attacks.
First, midfielder Joston almost scored for Sesa as he acrobatically sent a bicycle kick towards the Vasco goal which missed the target narrowly.
Soon after they attacked again and this time Chukwudi Chukwuma saw his powerful shot hitting the horizontal bar and come back into play as the ball rolled at the feet of Mauvin Borges, who let go a high shot that entered the roof of the nets beating the Vasco keeper Rajini Kumar all ends out.
In the second session, Vasco began to attack from the word go and succeeded in scoring the equaliser within five minutes of play.  Vasco’s confident striker Agnelo Quadros sent a deep cross from the flank and Felix Odili leaped high to head the ball into the Sesa nets to completely deceive keeper Thockchom Singh.
The next 19 minutes were played on almost equal footings but then Vasco suddenly switched on to attacking mode and moved ahead by scoring a fantastic goal through Rohan Kamble who chipped the ball smartly over advancing Sesa keeper.
Vasco then began dominating the proceedings and looked towards a certain win, but with hardly few seconds remaining for the final hooter Chuckwudi Chuckwuma scored off a flag kick for Sesa to level the score 2-2.
Meanwhile, in the other match played at Raia panchayat grounds Salgaocar Football Club defeated Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 3-1.
Godfrey Silva (12th minute), Quinton Jacobs (58th minute) and Colin Abranches (63rd minute) were the scorers for Salgaocar Football Club.
Fredrick Andrew reduced the margin for Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim in the 80th minute.

St Xavier’s HSS emerge football champs


PANAJI: St Xavier’s HSS, Mapusa emerged victorious at the state level higher secondary school football championship after beating Fr Basilio Andrade Memorial HSS, Majorda 4-1 in the finals played at Santa Cruz grounds. 
St Xavier’s were leading the first half 3-0. Gideon Dovi scored the first goal for St Xavier’s in the 11th minute and then added one more in the 25th minute to complete his brace.
Abel Mathew chipped in with a 35th minute strike to make it 3-0 in St Xavier’s favour before the teams departed for lemon break.
After the change of ends Fr Basilio showed some improvement in their performance and succeeded in reducing the lead with Albuquerque Aljos striking in the 52nd minute. St Xavier’s then retaliated with fierce force and scored another goal in the 67th minute through the boots of Amar Kinlekar.
Mr BD Powar, Assistant Physical Education Officer, Tiwadi Taluka was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Dr Elvis, Mr Brian Duarte, Mr Denice D’Sa, Mr Sanjay Shirodkar and Mr 
Yogesh A Parab.

Sanquelim Eagles Dubai win Expat Cup


PANAJI: Sanquelim Eagles, Dubai won the Expat Cup T5 cricket tournament, organised by GWS Sports Council at Al Rostamani ground, Dubai recently. Sanquelim beat Kakeez via bowl out in the final, which was reduced to 2 overs per side due to bad light. 
In a tightly contested match, Sanquelim scored 16 in their stipulated 2 overs and then restricted Kakeez to 16 runs as the outcome of the match was decided via bowl out, where Mohammed Rafi of Sanquelim Eagles hit the stumps but Nawaz of Kakeez failed to do it for his team. 
Earlier in the semis, Sanquelim Eagles defeated Sparkling Cricketers while Kakeez beat Sanguem SC. Altogether eighteen Goan teams in Dubai participated in the tournament.
Mohammed Rafi of Sanquelim Eagles was adjudged man-of-the-match in the finals, man-of-the-tournament and best batsman for his superb all-round performance. Shakil of Kakeez was chosen as the best bowler.
Sanquelim Eagles team: Sher Khan, Younis, Feroz, Mohammed Rafi, Nurain, Ashfaque, Shoheb, Altaf, Asif, Firdous, Anees, Parvez, Jassim, Chirag, Yakub 
and Aslam.

Jerose shines for Wilred Leisure

MAPUSA: Jerose Oliveira netted a brace to enable Wilred Leisure Sports Club register a 2-0 win over Goa Velha Sports Club in the Kingfisher Goa Professional League match played at Poriat grounds, Calangute, on Tuesday.


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