Herald: Salgaocar emerge U-18 champs
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Salgaocar emerge U-18 champs

17 Jun 2013 12:00am IST
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17 Jun 2013 12:00am IST

MAPUSA: Salgaocar Football Club thrashed a spirited Panchwadi United Sports Club 4-1 to emerge champions of GFA State-level Under-18 First Division football at Duler Stadium, here, Sunday. Salgaocar 1-0 at half time.

TEAM HERALD
sports@herald-goa.com
 
MAPUSA: Salgaocar Football Club thrashed a spirited Panchwadi United Sports Club 4-1 to emerge champions of GFA State-level Under-18 First Division football at Duler Stadium, here, Sunday. Salgaocar 1-0 at half time.  
Salgaocar coach Joaquim Crasto fielded James Fernandes and Steven Fernandes in the striking role while Panchwadi coach Planton Fernandes started with Mensano Rodrigues and Avron D’Costa upfront.
The teams started on an attacking note with good short passes but it was Salgaocar, who came close to scoring in the sixth minute after James Fernandes’ rasping effort beat Panchwadi goalkeeper Aliston Fernandes but eventually hit the horizontal.
Panchwadi’s first threat came in the 12th minute after Ashwin Godinho sent in a well-measured cross from the left flank that sailed over the rival defence and found Mensano, who should have done better rather than shooting wide from close range.
Subsequently, Panchwadi’s Rosemond Rodrigues’ promising 30-yarder was tipped over to safety by Salgaocar custodian in the 22nd minute.
In the 33rd minute, Salgaocar’s Austern Fernandes beautifully curled the ball past the rival-wall from the edge of the box and Panchwadi goalkeeper Neveel D’Costa fumbled in his collection as Salgaocar took the lead.
Salgaocar could have doubled their lead before half time after Godfrey Mascarenhas cleverly set up James inside the box but the latter ballooned over with only the rival custodian at his mercy.
After resumption, Panchwadi were a transformed side and played with purpose as they tried hard to score the equalizer. They restored parity in the 62nd minute after Avron chested the ball off a cross from Mesnsano and bulged the nylons with a powerful volley that beat goalkeeper Aliston hands down.
Salgaocar regrouped and took the fight to the rival camp and scored two quick goals. First, Snako Dias struck from 20 yards in the 73rd and then two minutes later, James made it 3-1 with a stiff grounder.
In added time, Salgaocar were awarded a penalty by referee Sunil Nanodkar after Panchwadi defender Eliston Carvalho brought down Salgaocar substitute Domnic Soares inside the danger zone. Snako stepped up for the spot-kick and sent the rival custodian the wrong way to score his second goal.
GFA vice-president (north) Lavinio Rebello alongwith GFA executive committee member Sanjiv Nagvekar gave away the prizes. Salgaocar took home Rs 15,000 while Panchawadi had to be content with Rs 10,000.
GFA executive committee member Babli Mandrekar and Salgaocar technical director Peter Vales were among those present.
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