Stubborn Panjim Footballers hold sloppy Corops of Signals to stalemate in GPL
Written by: Ravish R Narvekar
Signals dominated the first session, while the Capital city side overpowered their rivals in the second session but failed to capitalise on their chances.
Panjim Footballers and Corps of Signals played out a goalless draw in the Goa Professional League match played under the floodlights at Duler Stadium earlier today.
Panjim has 11 points from 13 matches, whereas the Army men have 15 points from 14 outings.
Panjim coach Savio Vaz made no changes to his side which held Dempo SC in the last match, while, Signals manager Major VS Kamble made three changes to his side which went down to Sporting Clube de Goa in the last match as Harshad Thube, Amit Tariyal and Paul Victor made into the cut.
The first few minutes of the match was equally contested by both the teams as both the sides created a few chances but neither of the sides came close to scoring.
The later part of the session saw, Panjim creating a potent move in the 18th minutes when their Israeli midfielder Fady Riad brilliantly set up Akeraj Martins in front of the goal, but the striker failed to convert from the close.
This was the only time when the Capital side came close to scoring as rest of the session was dominated by Signals with continues attacks as first, Pawan Thakur nicely curled the ball to Chand Singh from the corner but the tall defender saw his header just miss the target by hairline distance.
Next, Chand was once again unlucky not to score as this time his header off Roshan Singh’s corner was denied by woodwork, while a few seconds before the half-time whistle, Signals winger Harshad made a dangerous run in the box but failed to beat the keeper as his strike was easily collected by Panjim custodian Gurpreet Singh.
Panjim had the best chance in the starting minutes of the second session when Signals defender Paul brought down Fady at the edge of the box to give away free-kick in the danger area but the Israeli mideo shot sky-high from the kick.
Panjim striker Akeraj wasted another opportunity when he shot wide from just inside the box, while a few minutes later, Mahesh Kumar’s curling goalbound shot was divingly blocked by Signals keeper Binu Purushothama. The ball rolled to Akeraj but Binu once again dived to his left to push the shot for a corner.
The Capital city side once again came close to scoring when Fady curled the ball to Prasil Kankonkar in the box, who unleashed the powerful shot but keeper Binu made no mistake to clear the danger, whereas, Binu once again came to rescue his side when he made diving effort to pair Congo midfielder Alphonse Shako’s chip shot for a corner.
Published: Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:02 PM IST