- Goan FC down Guardian Angel SC
Goan FC down Guardian Angel SC
AMBELIM: Goan FC scored a narrow 2-1 win over Guardian Angel Sports Club in the inaugural match of the Goa Sevens Premier League, organised by Goa Sevens and Ambelim Sports Club in association with Goa Football Association (GFA) at Ambelim Sports Complex, Ambelim on Saturday.
Substitute Liston Colaco and Kingslee Fernandes scored for the young Gaurs while Aslon Olivera got on to the scoresheet for Guardian Angel SC.
Both the sides got off to an even start, but it was the Curchorem side that looked strong on field in the initial minutes as Guardians skipper, Nicolau Colaco's shot missed the target. Aniston Fernandes' curling shot off a free-kick denied the Curchorem side the opening goal once again.
The Gaurs managed to surge ahead after much attempts in the 18th minute after Leander D'Cunha assisted Kingslee Fernandes with a short ball inside the box which was swiftly placed into the nets.
Crossing over, both the teams began on equal footings with just attack in the mind. However, it was Goan FC who came close to scoring when Aaren was perfectly laid by Princton upfront but the striker’s effort was parried by Guardian Angel keeper Fayaz Shaikh. At the other end, Guardian Angel SC finally found the back of the nets.
Finding themselves, on equal terms, Coach Clifford Miranda brought in Liston Colaco and Hayden Fernandes to further bolster the squad and the change was clearly visible as the duo made instant impact in the team.
The Gaurs finally found the match-winner through Liston Colaco. Savior Gama on receiving the ball from Princeton Rebello ran down the left flank before dribbling past a couple of rival defender and set up perfectly for Liston Colaco and the latter made no mistake to slam the ball into the empty nets much to the dismay of the rival keeper Fayaz, who otherwise had a brilliant game.
Meanwhile, his opposition custodian Dylan Inacio Da Silva bagged the Man-of-the-Match.
Earlier, chief guest Churchill Alemao, MLA of Benaulim constituency officially kicked the match proceedings in presence of Goa Sevens President Benjamin Silva and other dignitaries.