Goan FC sends Calangute Association for a beach stroll
DULER: Goan FC registered an entertaining 5-2 win over Calangute Association in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League match played at Duler Stadium on Saturday.
With this win, Goan FC have consolidated their position at the top of the table with a four point advantage as they have 20 points from eight encounters, while, Calangute Association is struggling at the 11th place with just four points from eight outings.
Princeton Rebello, Liston Colaco and Serineo Fernandes found their name in the starting XI of Goan FC, while Jayganesh Goltekar, Akash Sanadi and Diptesh Naik got a start for Calangute.
Liston was unlucky not to give Goan FC an early lead as he cut past few defenders in the box and went for the glory from just inside the box to see his effort hit the horizontal.
A few minutes later, another chance went in vain as Imran Khan tried his luck from 10-yards but his sparkling strike missed the target narrowly.
At the other end, Calangute came close to open their scoring when Mohammed Sahad set up Runal Shirodkar in commanding position in the box but Goan India U-19 midfielder Princeton made a timely clearance to keep his side safe.
Goan FC finally managed to surge ahead in the 17th minutes when Kingslee Fernandes nicely combined with Liston Colaco and Nestor Dias with a one-two-one passing and found Imran in the box with a superb through pass. The latter made no mistake to beat Calangute keeper Shubham Naik to give his team the lead.
The rest of the session witnessed dominant play by Goan FC – where they made numerous of raids but most of them ended before entering the final third, while some were wasted by aimless shooting.
When it was appeared Goan FC will enter the dressing room with a slender lead at the halftime, Calangute came with a swift attack where Sahad made a run and passed the ball to Diptesh in the box who released it to Akash in the goalmouth. The U-20 midfielder brilliantly finished the ball in the net making it all square for his side.
Buoyed by the equaliser, Calangute took the lead through an own goal. A low cross from Shashad was tapped in his own goal by Goan FC defender Meldon D’Silva.
Calangute went for the breather leading by an odd goal in three.
However, Goan FC took 21 seconds after resumption to find the equaliser. A perfect cross from Liston was headed by Kapil Hoble which hit the inside of the crossbar and Calangute keeper Shubham before entering the net.
Though the Calangute custodian conceded in the early seconds, he made two brilliant saves in the 52nd minute as he first dived to deny Liston’s curling free kick from just outside the box, while he had to dive again to his left to block Meldon’s header off a rebound.
Meldon made up for his own goal as he put his side ahead in the 71st minutes when his superb header off Princeton’s cross directly finished in the back of the nylons making it 3-2 for the junior Gaurs.
The last quarter saw Goan FC adding two more goals to confirm their three points. First, substitute Aaron D’Silva set up Kapil in the box with a short pass whose powerful strike from just inside the box gave no chance to Calangute keeper Shubham and Aaron himself scored the fifth goal for his side in the 85th minute when he made no mistake to beat the keeper in one-on-one situation with a scorching shot from inside the box. Princeton was once again, the architect of the goal.