Fatorda: Scoring once in either half through attacking medio Prachit Gaonkar and defender Deepak Naik, FC Goa registered a well-deserved 2-0 win against Churchill Brothers FC in the opening match of AIFF Sub Junior Football League match played at Chowgule College grounds, on Sunday.
Prachit put FC Goa in the lead in the 4th minute through a free kick while Deepak found the mark in the 44th minute through an angular effort.
FC Goa showed better skills than their rivals in terms of ball possession and positional play, whereas Churchill Brothers, who shone in patches, stitching some good moves in both the sessions, could not create a dent in the strong FC Goa rearguard.
FC Goa went into the lead following a free kick on the top of the box when Churchill Brothers defender Sharmad Kurade brought down FC Goa’s Kifern Dias.
Referee Mario Vales pulled up Sharmad and awarded a direct free kick to FC Goa. Prachit Gaonkar stepped up to take the shot and smashed it to the right corner of Churchill goal, beating keeper Shawn Veigas, who otherwise had a brilliant day under the bar.
Crossing over, FC Goa soon buttressed their lead in the 44th minute when Prachit Gaonkar worked his way down the middle and sent a through-pass to overlapping defender Deepak Naik, who let go an angular effort giving no chance at all to the Churchill Brothers keeper.
Churchill Brothers too fought well and their defence did quite well except on those two counts when it cracked — first by making the folly of fouling on Kifern Dias and then leaving Deepak unmarked wherein Churchill’s keeper remained helpless.
FC Goa’s defence looked strong with Deepak playing a major role while their midfield functioned in an orderly manner.
On the other hand, though Churchill Brothers defence, which was ably managed by Nash Fernandes and company looked tough, their midfield looked disorganised and as such the strikers parched for ball supply. There were a few counter raids created by Churchill Brothers, which however were not good enough to fetch goals. Their strikers hardly tested the FC Goa keeper and the three tries — once in the first half and twice in the second — were weak shots which did not threaten the FC Goa keeper at all.
On the other hand, FC Goa were in full cry to find the mark for the major part of the proceedings but it was only due to good defending by Sangam Shetye, Scot Fernandes, Sohanb Parge and Nash that FC Goa found it difficult to break in.
In the closing stages of the match, FC Goa’s Arison Ferrao came close to getting a goal but Churchill’s keeper was in no mood to budge and went on producing a smart show by bringing some spectacular saves in both the sessions.
Churchill Brothers striker Aymnan Shaikh could have done much better when he had the ball in his possession but the striker lacked speed as well as fire power.
FC Goa continued their attacking play in the second session too with several good looking moves but the Churchill’s defence stopped FC Goa strikers from finding the mark, even though the FC Goa team did score in this half of play through Deepak Naik early on.