13 Mar 2017 10:34pm IST
Latesh and Liston score for hosts while Malngiang got on to the score sheet for the visitors; West Bengal retaliate and score the winner just before the final blow
BAMBOLIM: Goa registered a comfortable 2-1 win in their opening match against Meghalaya in the Santosh Trophy match, played at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim, on Sunday.
Latesh Mandrekar and Liston Colaco scored for hosts while Enester Malngiang got on to the score sheet for the visitors.
All the three goals were scored in the second session, after a barren first half.
Playing in front of the home fans after 21 years, Goa didn’t take long to settle into the game as Liston had the first shot at the goal in the 4th minute, but the Salgaocar FC’s strikers long range shot was pushed for a corner by the rival keeper Kenio Lyngkhoi.
Despite a slow start to the game, Coach Mateus Costa would be content with his U-21 players-Assumption Soares, Liston and Leander had a good start to the game.
Meghalaya’s strikers --Kitboklang Pale and Andy Mawthoh – were well supported by their captain Marlyngki Suting but the duo couldn’t surpass Peter and Melvin.
With more of a midfield duel, Goa could test the rival goal, just on three occasions in the first half with Cajeton and Liston testing the keeper.
Meghalaya had the first real chance of the match at the half hour mark when Atlanson Kharmav’s scross was met by Andy, but the latter’s goal bound shot from the far post was blocked by Melvin Lobo.
The half full stadium cheered the hosts as they took the pitch for the second half, but it was the visitors who had the best chance to take the lead when Kitboklang Pale ran down the left flank before setting up Andy, whose shot took of Nicolau Colaco’s deflection and went out of play.
Goa finally broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when the three U-21 players got together to break the opposition defence before Latesh put the ball at the back of the nets. On receiving he ball from the midfield, Leander played Liston upfront and the latter found Latesh in the goal area, and the Bardez FC player coolly slotted home the teams’ first goal.
Two minutes later it was Liston who doubled the lead with a fine solo run from the centre half. The lanky striker dribbled past couple of rival defenders in the goal area before rounding past the rival keeper with a low grounder.
However, Meghalaya pulled one goal back in the 55th minute through Enester from a direct freekick which curled into top corner.
Goa had the chance to inflate the lead at the hour mark but Liston half volley came of the post. Eight minute later, the Salgaocar lad was denied once again by the woodwork when his well executed free-kick beat the wall and the keeper but was denied by the cross bar.
In another match, West Bengal defeated Chandigarh 1-0, at Rosary ground, Navelim.
Both the sides played attacking football in the first half but couldn’t find the net.
Super substitute S.K. Faiaz scored the match winner for West Bengal in the 90th minute off Sannik Murmu’s connect.