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Goa end on goalfest; qualify with ease



Goa qualified for the final phase of Santosh Trophy after mauling Dadra & Nagar Haveli 14-0 in the West Zone Qualifiers match played at Duler Stadium, here on Friday.

Olwin Cardozo and Denson Fernandes scored four goals each, while Aaren D’Silva netted a hat-trick for Goa. Ribhav Sardesai, Stendly Fernandes and Sanson Pereira contributed with a goal each.

Goa made wholesome changes to the squad that won against Madhya Pradesh in the last match as coach Levino Pereira gave starts to Clive Miranda, Stendly Fernandes, Aaren D’Silva, Moises D’Sa, Olvin Cardozo and keeper Ozen Silva. Dadra & Nagar Haveli coach Chandan Rathod, on the other hand, made two changes to his side which lost to Rajasthan in the last match as Dilip Verma and Akshay Vangad were included in the starting XI.

Goa, who had defeated Madhya Pradesh in the last match by 7-1 margin, started the match in a similar fashion and took the lead in the 4th minute as Olvin’s square pass was easily tapped in by Aaren from close to make it 1-0. Olwin doubled the lead for the hosts in the very next minute as he shot past rival keeper from 10 yards after receiving a cut-back from Ribhav Sardesai.

Dominant Goa scored five more goals in the next 30 minutes. First, Aaren scored his second goal of the match in the 16th minute as a curling cross from Clive Miranda was brilliantly headed in from the acute angle to make it 3-0. A few minutes later, Olvin also netted his second as Stendly’s cross was smartly tapped in by the striker to make it 4-0.

Stendly made it 5-0 with a powerful shot from inside the box which entered the top corner. Olvin came with another assist in the 32nd minute as this time he set up Denson with a short pass where the midfielder made an easy tap-in from the blank-point range making it 6-0.

Goa further extended their lead in the 36th minute as a fine cross from Samuel Costa was brilliantly controlled in the box by Ribhav whose sparkling shot gave no chance to Dadra Nagar & Haveli keeper Pulkit Singh as the hosts were leading by seven goals at the halftime.

Goa continued to dominate from the start of the second session and quickly added two more goals within first six minutes as first, Olvin completed his hat-trick when he nicely chested down Ribhav’s cross and clinically beat the onrushing rival keeper with his last touch.

Two minutes later, Ribhav sent another fine cross from the right flank where Denson nicely control it before finishing the ball in the net.

The goal rain continued at the Duler Stadium as Olvin scored his fourth and team’s 10th goal in the 58th minute as his powerful strike from close finished in the back of the nylons. Aaren and Denson also completed their trebles in the 70th and 72nd minute.

Whereas, substitute defender Sanson Pereira and Denson scored each in the dying minutes of the match as the host qualified with a huge margin win.

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