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Emotions on a roller coaster ride


MARGAO/DULER: Emotions went through different phases on Thursday as different teams saw different results in the Goa Football Association (GFA) First Division League played at four different grounds in Goa. The pendulum began swinging in Duler, took speed at Poriat, see-sawed in Agassaim and finally settled in Navelim.

United Club of Telaulim came from behind, scoring in either half of play through Savio Fernandes and substitute Alvito Colaco to register a 2-1 win over Panchawadi United SC at Rosary grounds, Navelim.

With this win, United Club of Telaulim have collected 11 points from nine matches while Panchwadi United SC are lingering on 4 points.

Panchwadi took the lead in the very second minute through Paxton Gomes, who on receiving a pass from the midfield, raced down the flank and unleashed a powerful 25-yard shot that gave no chance to Telaulim keeper Dalwin Costa.

The early deficit did not deter the UC Telaulim team, who made meticulous moves to unsettle the strong Panchwadi defence however Frazer Rogtao thwarted danger.

Frazer’s neat tackles and stylish play simply made him stand out and look  like a rock in the defence, though the other three among the ‘back four’, namely Danny Dias, Micky Furtado and Aaron Almeida also gave him good support . The four quelled the UC Telaulim’s dangerous moves.

Backed by the local support- the match was played on their home ground- UC Telaulim did not take much time to level.

It was in the 15th minute of play that Panchwadi’s citadel caved under pressure.Medio Kingsley Fernandes created a smart move as he deftly passed the ball on the left to striker Savio Fernandes who ,despite being in  a difficult angle, let go a powerful shot that crashed  the roof of the nets, beating Panchwadi keeper Ashish Betodkar. The scores were level 1-1. Alvito Colaco, who displayed good footwork scored the match winner in a goalmouth melee when he tapped the ball into the goal  from close range in the 52nd minute.

The proceedings became more interesting thereafter as both  teams . They  began some smart forays in which Panchawadi’s Paxton Gomes could have scored twice had he been accurate.

UC Telaulim too wasted some chances which came their way through Terence Lobo and Alvito Colaco.

Incidentally, in an interesting development, match commissioner Joaquim Manuel D’Silva delayed the start of  the match for few minutes due to the absence of  a stretcher and ambulance at the ground.The local organisers acted swiftly to arrange the same and  the match started.

At Duler stadium: Goa Police Sports Club fought gallantly to come back from two goals deficit  to hold Corps of Signals 2-2.

Corps of Signal started earnestly and shot into the lead in the very 2nd minute of play as Lenin Mithran collecting a loose ball just outside the penalty box, moved dangerously inside the penalty box and chipped it over the onrushing keeper, 1-0.

After some midfield play, Corps of Signal doubled their lead when Lalramsanga moved upfront on the left flank and flashed a perfect cross to over lapping Pawan Thakur, who nodded the ball to the far corner of the goal, 2-0.

On crossing over, the first 35 minute of play was restricted to midfield, where Signals looked  content with their two goal cushion. At the other end, Goa Police went all out in search of a goal, where their constant attack finally paid dividends.

A fine cross by Tushar Dessai from the right flank to the far corner of the goal saw Mouzzan S Shaik slot the ball past the helpless keeper, 2-1.

Stung by the reverse, Signals should have further increase their lead, but Police keeper Nilesh Mack saved a stiff grounder from Lenin off Ajay’s cross.

In the 92nd minute, Police caught the rival defence napping where a superb pass by Abdul Khan found Gavrav Korkonkar who slotted the ball into the goal, to send supporters into raptures, 2-2.

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