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Sporting Clube leaves Corps of Signals in a daze

Duler: Sporting Clube de Goa Nigerian striker Philip Odugwu got out of his lull to score three and enable his team to finish with a convincing 7-0 win over Corps of Signals in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League match at Duler stadium on Friday.

George D’Souza (2), Stendly Fernandes and Marcus Mascarenhas were the other scorers.

Sporting took just five minutes to surge ahead as Marcus nicely flicked the ball over onrushing Signals keeper Binu Purushothaman which was easily tapped in by a well-positioned Philip to make it 1-0 for the Flaming Orange.

Signals had the best chance to restore parity in the 12th minute when their medio Solomon Khongsai sent a corner in the box which was parried by Sporting keeper Akshat. The ball rolled to Nokul Singh but the lad saw his strike miss the target by a few inches.

Sporting Clube de Goa doubled their lead in the 24th minute when a fine cross from Assumption was brilliantly headed in by Philip making it 2-0.

Sporting extended their lead in the 43rd minute when their defender George D’Souza was brought down just outside the box by Amit Tariyal. Of the resultant free kick, George himself curled the ball in from 25-yards to give his team a comfortable cushion.

Sporting buttressed their position when they were awarded another free kick. However, this time Binu somehow managed to deny George’s powerful strike.

However, in the 53rd minute, Philip scored the fourth for Sporting and also completed his hat-trick as he smartly headed in Girish Naik’s well-taken corner to make it 4-0.

At the other end, Signals had a chance to reduce the margin when their midfielder Nim Bhutia was in the commanding position in the box but Sporting custodian Akshat came off his line to thwart the lad in a one-on-one situation.

The Flaming Orange added another to their tally as this time their U-20 forward Stendly Fernandes curled a free kick from the edge of the box. The try kissed Signals keeper Binu’s gloves before setting down in the goal to make it 5-0.

Sporting coach Vaz brought in Harshad Nai, after the hour mark and the midfielder proved his caliber as he brilliantly dribbled past three opponents and released the ball to well-positioned George, who blasted it in from close to complete the half-dozen for his side.

At the other end, Signals made a swift attack as Nokul Singh went for the glory from the distance but his goal-bound strike was fisted over the crossbar by Sporting custodian Akshat.

In the dying minutes of the match, substitute midfielder Harshad came with another assist as this time he made a low cross to Marcus in the goalmouth who made a simple tap-in to hammer the last nail in Signals’ coffin.

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