Duler: Sporting Clube de Goa made it to the semifinals after edging out Sesa Football Academy by a solitary goal in the quarterfinal match played at Duler Stadium, here on Sunday.
The Academy boys were without their skipper Caitano Viegas who was out due to suspension for direct red card in the last match against Calangute Association. He was replaced by Sajam P in the midfield.
Sporting should have taken the early lead when George D’Souza fed Alton Vaz in the box with a perfect freekick, but the lad headed wide with just rival keeper at the stake. A very next minute, Brandon came with a long cross from the right flank but onrushing Sachidanand Satelkar failed to connect from the close as the ball went out for a goal kick.
Five minutes later, George came up with another breathtaking freekick from the 25-yards which was brilliantly blocked by Sesa keeper Sapam N. The loose ball however rolled to unmarked Delton Colaco in the goalmouth with an empty net but the striker shot over the crossbar. George delivered another masterpiece in the next minute to forward Marcus Mascarenhas in the box but his goal-bound header was acrobatically saved by Academy keeper Sapam.
Sporting continued to dominate the rivals with numerous attacks from both the flank and won the freekick just outside the box where this time Sporting’s veteran Peter Carvalho tried his luck with the direct strike which rebounded off the side post and hit Sesa defender Myran Pereira before going out for a corner.
Sporting finally broke the deadlock in the next minute from the resultant corner as Sesa skipper Joston Pereira headed in his own goal while trying to clear a well-taken corner by Sporting’s forward Marcus as the Flaming Orange had a slender lead at the halftime. Sesa tried to build pressure on the defending champions in the second session with some attacking football but none of their raids succeeded in breaking Sporting’s strong defence led by George. Sporting also failed to produce a better play in the rest of the session as an own goal by Sesa skipper Joston was enough for the Flaming Orange to book semifinal date with Churchill Brothers.