Willis Plaza puffed out by Sporting Clube horizontal
DULER: The aroma of Willis Plaza was not enough to stop Sporting Clube de Goa record a well-deserved 2-0 win over Churchill Brothers SC and maintain their unbeaten record in the Goa Professional league organised by the Goa football association (GFA) at Tilak Maidan on Sunday.
Both teams raised the bar of football for the hundred odd Sunday spectators and at the end of ninety minutes it was the boys from the North who proved that consistency is one of the answers of success.
Churchill Brothers SC started on the expectations of Willis Plaza but those expectations were shadowed by Sporting Clube de Goa who struck a goal, against the run of play, in the fifth minute and that had the Churchill Brothers team struggling for an equaliser right through.
Marcus Mascarenhas – who played as a withdrawn midfielder slotted the first goal after he managed to control a corner taken by Alesh Sawant. Marcus try had the Churchill defense in a daze.
Struck by the early goal, the Churchill lads were all over the Sporting territory and could have equalised five minutes later. However, Sporting goalkeeper Melroy Fernandes and the horizontal he was standing below, denied Willis the opportunity to be in the score sheet.
Willis will consider this Sunday bad for him as , once again , in the 17 the minute , he had the mortification of first seeing his try parried by Melroy and his header deflecting off the horizontal. It was second time lucky for Sporting in a span of about ten minutes.
Sporting Clube de Goa regained control of the match after the half hour mark with Marcus Mascarenhas and Peter Carvalho controlling the game with their swift switching of flanks and vertical interplays.
Defender peter played a more offensive role while Marcus switched flanks and even tried to go from the middle leaving the Churchill players a lot to fall back.
As the teams were preparing to head for the breather, Willis saw his strong header hit the Vertical again, this time with Melroy totally beaten.
The second half switched from one end to the other with both teams unable to trouble each others goalkeepers. Both preferred to keep the midfield as their domain and the closes the fans got a whiff of a goal was in the 75th minute when Philip Odogwu saw his try being parried away by Churchill goalkeeper Ricardo Cardozo.
As time ticked, Churchill appeared to be losing their steam while Sporting appeared to be waiting for the sporadic moment to further swell their lead. And, it happened in the 92nd minute when Sporting captain Glan Martins let go a long cross to peter across the face of goal for the latter to control and easily slot past Ricardo for Sporting’s second goal- that literally closed the curtains on the competition.
In the end, it was the consistency of Sporting through the season that proved to nullify Willis’s heroics with Churchill Brothers at the national level.