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Vasco SC jump Signal to reclaim sixth slot

DULER: Vasco Sports Club registered an easy 3-1 win over Corps of Signals in the Goa Football Association Professional League match played at Duler stadium on Tuesday.

Rugved Yeole opened the tally, while Benston Barretto and Sanwil D’costa added in the second half for the Port Towners, while Kuldeep Singh scored the consolation goal from the Army men in the dying minutes.

With this win, Vasco reclaimed the 6th position with 26 points from 18 matches, while Signals has 16 points from 19 outings.

Vasco SC is unbeaten in the last five matches having recently drubbed Bardez FC in their last match, whilst Signal lost their last two matches against Velsao SCC and Sporting Clube de Goa.

Vasco was unlucky not to take the lead in the very 3rd minute as skipper Penn Orji’s long ranger rebounded of the crossbar. A few minutes later, Penn found Beneston Barretto with a short pass in the box. The last named easily cut past two defenders in the box but his weak shot was comfortably collected by Signals keeper Niyas Mon.

Vasco had another chance in the 21st minutes when Penn made a swift run from the halfway line and sent a perfect through pass to teammate Aman Govekar but the Signals keeper came off his line to thwart the U-20 striker in a one-on-one situation.

After probing attacks, Vasco finally managed to break the deadlock in the 40th minutes as Signals’ defender Nim Bhutia made a reckless tackle on substitute Nigerian striker Henry Ezeh –who replaced Aman–, and set-piece specialist Rugved Yeole brilliantly curled the ball which brushed keeper’s hands before finishing in  goal.

A few minutes later, Vasco’s striker Henry was brought down in the box by Signals’ defender but referee Chandrashekar Shirodkar ignored the situation. At the other end, Signals came close to equalising in  added time when their midfielder Vishnu Chetri went for the glory from the distance but his goal bound shot was nicely fisted over the crossbar by Vasco keeper Sanju Thapa.

On crossing over, Vasco took 15 more minutes to double their tally as Rugved with some brilliant footwork in the midfield, sent a square pass to skipper Penn who set up Beneston with a through pass. The forward banged the ball home from close making it 2-0 for the Port Towners.

With just five minutes from the goal, skipper Penn was in the commanding position to inflate the lead when Sanwil D’Costa made a defence-splitting through pass to him in the box but the Nigerian playmaker failed to keep his shot on target with just the opponent keeper at stake.

Signals reduced the margin in the 82nd minutes as Romenjit Meetei’s cross was headed in by Kuldeep Kumar from 6-yards to make it 2-1 for the Army men. However, it was just a few seconds after conceding, when Sanwil restored the two-goal lead with a superb goal as his sparkling shot from the distance entered the top corner for Vasco’s third goal.

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