Goa beat Delhi; in sight of semis berth
Goa boosted their chances of qualifying for the semifinals of the Santosh Trophy finals by defeating Delhi 4-2 in their Group A round match as per All India Football Federation (AIFF) reports emanating from Ludhiana on Friday. Goa are now sitting on four points along with Services whilst Delhi are on three.
Goa, who drew their first match against Services goalless, started scoring in the first session and finished as worthy winners through ninety minutes.
Salgaocar FC U-18 wonder boy Chaitan Komarpant started the scoring for Goa in the first session. He took a shot from the left that deceived the Delhi goalkeeper and entered the nets of the second post.
The winners led by a solitary goal during the breather.
Glan Martins gave Goa a cushion in the second half when he latched on to a rebound, off a free kick taken by Lalwan Puia to score the second goal of the evening.
The Goa midfield well marshalled by Peter Carvalho who kept the strikers with opportunities to trouble the Delhi citadel and the third goal materialised when Lalwan shot slipped past the Delhi keeper for Goa’s third goal of the morning, according to an AIFF source observing the match in Ludhiana.
When Goa appeared on a song, Delhi came back through two goals that were results of two penalties that they earned.
However, Stendly Fernandes made the issue safe for Goa when he netted the last goal that was a result of a nice long range attempt. “I am happy and even more positive of making it to the semifinals. The boys have been responding well right from the start of the tournament and I know nothing is going to stop them now,” Goa coach Samir Naik told The Navhind Times over the phone from Ludhiana.
“It is a pity that Glan will not play the next game because he will be serving his second yellow card suspension. But, his absence will not be badly felt because there are good enough players to fill his role,” stated Samir when asked whether the absence of Glan will hamper the team’s progress as they play Odisha on Sunday.
Glan earned a yellow card in the first game and the second in the game against Delhi today.