Cuncolim: A first half strike in the 20th minute by attacking medio Nial Cardozo was enough for Ambelim SC to register a solitary goal win against Rossmann Cruz SC and enter the quarterfinals of 10th Cuncolim Union Rolling Trophy football tournament played at Cuncolim grounds on Sunday.
The all important goal in favour of Ambelim SC team which proved to be the match winner, came off when a Rossmann Cruz SC defender back passed the ball which was intercepted by a lurking Jade Colaso who quickly passed the ball to unmarked Nial Cardozo and slammed the ball to the far corner of Rossmann Cruz SC nets.
The match as such was almost played on level terms with both the teams having equal share of scoring opportunities even though Ambelim SC seemed to be a better team as far as positional play was concerned.
Rossmann Cruz SC, Nagoa-Verna mostly depended on counter forays when the team burst into speed for a through ball to get the better of Ambelim SC defenders.
Soon Rossmann Cruz SC created a goal scoring chance when medio Euzebio Fernandes dodged past two Ambelim defenders and gave the ball to Hilton Fernandes who shot wide from close distance from the rival goal.
Ambelim SC reacted quickly and saw Jade Colaso sending a powerful shot which hit the post and moved out of play.
Rossmann Cruz SC striker Savio Fernandes had two good chances to find the mark in the second session but the striker delayed to shoot the ball in and in the process lost the ball to the Ambelim defenders.
Ambelim SC’s Ralf Fernandes, Desmond Fernandes, Nial Cardozo and Jade Colaso gave a good account of themselves in the defence as well as in the midfiled.
Jade Colaso in particularly launched several attacks and sprayed good passes to the strikers but somehow the Rossmann Cruz SC defence managed to quell the threat.
Rossmann Cruz had a glorious chance to level the score in the dying minutes of the game but their striker Savio Fernandes failed to find the mark, shooting the ball quite wide from inside the box.
Wilson Soares, the proprietor of Wilson Creation was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away the man-of-the-match award to Nial Cardozo of Ambelim SC.