Punjab holds Goa; qualify for semis
Goa’s chances of qualifying for the semi finals of the junior national football championship for the Dr BC Roy trophy went up in smoke in the dying seconds of the match as Punjab equalized and with that ended Goa’s qualifications chances.
Goa needing to win the last group match against Punjab- as the latter had a better goal difference- took the lead as early as the 18th minute of the first half. Meldon Oliveria’s free kick was punched by the Punjab goalkeeper and Reuben Castellino pounced on it to tap in.
Goa needed a win to qualify and the boys thwarted the Punjab attempts right through the remaining ninety minutes. Punjab earned a corner in the dying stages of extra time and equalized through the opportunity and thus carved their way into the
Both team had drawn won game and won one. However, Punjab had a goal difference of plus one that needed Goa to win to qualify.
“The boys tried their best. Punjab was an equally good side. It was good football which will have left a lot of lesson for our boys. They can grow stronger from here,” Goa coach Cajetan told The Navhind Times over the phone.