OLD GOA: Striker Vishan Kerkar scored a hat-trick to power Sporting Clube the Goa to a huge 5-1 win over Churchill Brothers in the Hero Sub Junior League match, at Ela ground, Old Goa, on Wednesday.
In a match dominated by Sporting, who held sway over the proceedings with the midfield controlled by Ashwill Thompson, Ashwin Costa and Xavier Falcao. Churchill Brothers though playing second fiddle came up with dangerous counters by speedy Ashvin Skariya and Ramnath Parab breaking through the Sporting defence on many occasions.
Sporting soon made their dominance count when Shannen Palha found the net in the 11thminute tapping in from a goal mouth melee following a corner from Rueben Silveira.
Not to be outdone Churchill came back strongly to restore parity seven minute later when Saish Gaonkar latched on to a Dalvin Coelho through ball to fend off a challenge from Melcio Coutinho who struck a powerful shot into the far corner of the net giving no chance to keeper Veldroid Fernandes in the Sporting goal.
Vishan Kerkar then got into the act for Sporting, scoring twice before the half time break. Vishan first controlled a defence splitting pass from Ashwill Thompson to slot pass keeper Mansur Manki and then he tapped the ball over keeper Mansur to give Sporting a two goal cushion at half time.
Crossing over with the score at 3-1 Sporting never let go of the advantage and pumped in two more goals. Ahswin Costa made it 4-1 in the 45th minute beating Mansur with a well taken free-kick which struck the bottom of the bar before entering the goal.
Vishan then capped a fine game to complete his hat-trick when he flicked the ball over the advancing keeper to make the score 5-1 in the 58th minute.
Thereafter, Sporting keeper Veldroid was stretched to the limits to save a well timed header from Churchill’s AshwinSkariya and on the other hand Mansur kept his fort intact for the remainder of the match with good saves from Ian Chowgule and Ashwill Thompson.
Sporting are at 9 points after 7 games while Churchill Brothers are yet to open their account.