Herald: FC Goa hits Hindustan FC for a tennis score

FC Goa hits Hindustan FC for a tennis score

22 Jan 2019 05:12am IST
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22 Jan 2019 05:12am IST
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Liston’s hat-trick helps developmental team win their second game of the campaign

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PANJIM: Six goals in the final 20-odd minutes of the game helped FC Goa to a comprehensive 6-0 win over Hindustan FC in their second game of the Hero Second Division League, at Ella ground, on Monday.

 The Gaurs took full advantage of the away side going down to 10 men after Maruf Fazly was sent off with a direct red early in the second half for a forceful hit on Sarineo Fernandes.  

The first half saw the Developmental team, who are branded as FC Goa Reserves in the competition, carve out a number of chances. The youngsters, however, couldn’t apply the finishing touch. A brilliant showing from Arup Denbath in the Hindustan FC goal meant that the sides had to go into halftime level at 0-0.

The first big moment came as early as the 8th minute of the game when Lalawmpuia and Meldon D’Silva saw their efforts on goal blocked.

The best chance of the first forty-five came four minutes later when Meldon again found himself in the box at the end of a brilliant of cross of Adinga after the Gaurs had successfully worked out a short corner.  The defender’s glancing header, though, went agonisingly wide of the far post.

Kapil Hoble and Leander D’Cunha created havoc time and again on the flanks for the home side but the decisive touch in the final third kept eluding them.

Ralte would get a golden opportunity to score FC Goa’s opener in the first half when he broke free – having timed his run to perfection. He, however, slowed down with only the goalkeeper to beat and let the defence get their bearing back.

Whilst the Gaurs remained forceful in the second half, the balance of the game tilted further when Maruf Fazly was sent for early showers by the referee. The Afghan’s blow to the abdomen region of Sarineo Fernandes was deemed to be becoming of a direct red.

Liston Colaco, who had come on as a substitute made the most of the new-found space. The winger opened the scoring for the Gaurs in the 72nd minute when Aaren D’Silva found him unmarked in the box. 

A member of the first team squad, Liston reaffirmed his class a minute later with his second of the goal - this time thanks to an effort from 25 odd yards out after he spotted the keeper off his line and slotted home, beating the keeper at the near post.

Meldon made it 3-0 to the home side in the 78th minute before Liston marked his first game in the Second Division with a hat-trick in the 86th minute. Similar to his first of the game, the winger-cum-forward found himself unmarked on the left hand side of the box when the ball arrived. He kept his composure before slotting it home to make the score line 4-0.

Goals from Nestor Dias and Aaren D’Silva put the icing on the cake.

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