MAPUSA: Vasco Sports Club and Sporting Clube de Goa played out a 1-1 draw in the Goa Professional League organised by GFA, played at Duler Stadium, here on Friday.
Though Sporting had an easy outing in the first leg meeting as they had won by 5-1 margin against their opponents, the Port Towners managed to take a point from the match.
After Friday’s drawn encounter, Sporting’s dream of taking the top position was halted and now they continue on second position with 40 points from 18 matches while Vasco Sports Club stayed on 6th position with 27 points from 20 matches.
After a barren first session both the teams scored a goal each from the penalty spots. Sanwil D’Costa put Vasco ahead in the 62nd minute, while Cajetan Fernandes netted the equaliser in the 75th minute.
The Port Towners started brightly and had two close chances to take the lead but in the fourth minute a long range strike by Vasco’s Nigerian Penn Orji missed the target narrowly, while minutes later keeper Melroy moved swiftly to collect a long ball from Moises D’Sa to his team mate Beneston Barretto before the latter could do any damage.
After much probing, the Flaming Oranje side should have taken the lead but Vasco’s medio Moises twice came to his team’s rescue as he first blocked on the goal-line Cajetan Fernandes’ header and off the rebound once again blocked Alton Vaz’s strike from close.
Another glorious opportunity went in vain for Sporting when Stendly Fernandes collected a through pass from Alesh Sawant but after a delay he shot weakly at the rival keeper’s hands.
At the other end, Vasco’s Beneston missed to direct his shot at the goal from a pinpoint cross by Penn.
In the 44th minute, a 30-yard shot by Mauvin Borges kissed the horizontal bar and travelled out.
On crossing ends, the match was equally fought where in the 52nd minute Sporting’s Cajetan Fernandes saw his free-kick being pushed for a corner by Vasco keeper Sanju Thapa.
In the 62nd minute, the Port Towners surged ahead with Sanwil D’Costa scoring from the penalty spot, after referee Tejas Nagvenkar pointed to the dreaded spot, when Sporting’s Clemente Joseph was caught in the act of tackling Nigerian Nina Henry Ezeh inside the penalty box.
Sporting missed another chance to level terms when Marcus sent a square pass to Mauvin just on top of the 6-yard box, whose tap at the goal was superbly punched to safety by keeper Sanju.
Finally in the last quarter of the match, Flaming Oranje coach Mateus Costa brought Victorino Fernandes from the bench and a couple of minutes later Sporting were awarded a penalty. Vasco’s Rugved Yeole pushed Marcus inside the penalty box, prompting referee to point to the penalty spot. Cajetan stepped forward and scored to equalise.
Nothing much transcribed in the last ten minutes of the match except for some ugly tackles by both the teams where the referee cautioned them with some bookings.