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Davorlim down Betalbatim on penalties

Cuncolim: Sporting Club of Davorlim entered the semi-finals of 10th Cuncolim Union Rolling Trophy football tournament defeating Betalbatim Sporting 6-5 via the tie-breaker, at Cuncolim grounds on Tuesday.

The teams played a 1-1 draw during the regulation time.

Betalbatim Sporting went into the lead following a free-kick in the fifth minute which their attacking medio Klusner Pereira curled to the far corner of Sporting Club of Davorlim nets, giving no chance to keeper Venson Figueredo.

Sporting Club of thereafter regrouped well and after stitching some meticulous moves levelled the score through Mack Borges who dodged two Betalbatim defenders before slamming the ball past the bewildered keeper Milton D’Souza.

The match thereafter rose to some great heights with both the teams vying for supremacy as the ball swung from one end to the other.

Both the teams had a strong defence and the goalkeepers at either end also did put up a good show, bringing some spectacular saves.

While in 20th minute Betalbatim’s defender Manushawn Fernandes who did a lot of overlapping sent a scorching shot which the rival keeper somehow managing to parry the ball to safety. Sporting Club of Davorlim too responded in the next five minutes of play with a thunderous shot from Mack Borges that missed the mark narrowly.

The second session saw both the teams putting up a cautious approach to the game and mostly went into the defensive mode, rather than playing an attacking game.

Midway into the second session both the teams used the flanks well and depended on the long ball to try and outwit each other’s defence but in vain.

Two minutes from end, Sevan Lotlikar, Betalbatim’s fleet footed striker, sent a long shot that missed the mark and then a minute before end, Mack Borges angular shot was saved by the Betalbatim keeper.

In the tie breaker Sporting Club of Davorlim proved to be the better shooters, scoring accurately through Mack Borges, Robinson Colaso, V Furtado, Agnelo Colaso and Cidroy Miranda.

Betalbatim Sporting could find the mark only through Klusner Pereira, Manushawn Fernandes, Sherwein Costa and Ashley Fernandes.

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