CHANDOR: Rossman Cruz Nagoa SC, Verna got the better of Snows Football Academy, Raia by 7-5 to storm into the final of the 15th all Goa Guirdolim Panchayat Cup, organized by Guirdolim Club, at Chandor church ground, on Sunday.
In arguably the best match of the tournament both teams displayed attacking brand of football to entertain the huge Sunday crowd. It was the Verna lads who were lively in the first quarter and almost took the lead in the 10th minute of the match but Necessidade shot wide after being fed by Joy Ferrao.
Raia drew first blood in the 14th minute when after being set up by Lloyd Cardozo on top of the box, Wilfred Gomes scored with an angular shot that gave no chance to the Verna keeper.
Raia’s joy was short-lived as in the very next minute Joy Ferrao of Verna dribbled past a couple of rival defenders on the right wing and put the ball across the goalmouth where onrushing Myron Fernandes scored with an easy tap in.
In the 25th minute, Necessidade of Verna floated the ball into the Raia box which was met by Wilson Fernandes but he woefully headed wide with only the Raia keeper to beat.
Changing ends, Raia were dominant and regained the lead in the 32nd minute when Sheenan Fernandes bulged the nylons with a powerful strike to make it 2-1 in favour of Raia.
Verna came back strongly and in the 36th minute Raia’s keeper made a mess of an easy collection and Savio Fernandes scored to level terms for Verna.
The match ended 2-2 at regulation time.
In the resultant tie-breaker Myron, Savio, Vijal, Joy and Milton were on target for Verna. For Raia Joyston, Velitan and Liston scored from the spot with the Verna keeper saving one penalty kick.
Rossman Cruz Nagoa SC will now meet Dicarpale SC in the final on February 17.