Guardian Angel squeeze past Corps of Signals in GPL
Written by: Ravish R Narvekar
Nicholas Rodrigues played an important role in the Curchorem side's win.
Both the teams had lost their last encounters as Guardian went down to Churchill Brothers, while Corps lost to Calangute Association.
Corps coach Sub Rateesh R made three changes to his side bringing in L. Solomon Khongsai, Mukut Surin and goalkeeper Niyas Mon in the starting XI, whereas Guardian gaffer Riston Rodrigues also made the same number of changes to his side as Clifton Dias, Alson Fernandes and keeper Jeet Gupta found their names in the line-up.
Guardian had the best chance to take lead in the 3rd minutes when Myron Borges was brought down in the box by Paul Victor to give away the penalty but their foreign striker Abel Hammond shot over the crossbar from the spot.
Though they wasted an easy chance to take the lead in the early stage of the match, Guardian was the dominant side in the first session as they came up with numerous attacks on the opponents but Corps keeper Niyas made some excellent saves to keep his side safe.
Myron was nicely set up in the box by Rayman Fernandes with a through pass but keeper Niyas pushed it for a corner. A few minutes later he once again rescued his side as this time he brilliantly blocked Abel in a one-on-one situation.
They once again came close to scoring when U-20 Lincon Colaco tried to find Abel in the box with a low cross but Solomon cleared the same with a clinical tackle at the cost of a corner.
Corps also had few chances but poor finishing restricted them from scoring as first, Pawan Thakur saw his free-kick easily collected by Guardian keeper Jeet, while a minute later Solomon shot wide from inside the box.
Though the Curchorem side were dominant in the major parts of the match, it was Corps who took the lead first when substitute Th. Roshan Singh made a drifting run on the right wing and sent a low cross in the box to U-20 Cyril Dias in the box, who made a brilliant tap-in to make it 1-0 for the Army men.
Down by a goal, Guardian came out stronger in the second half and marched many times on the opponents but failed to capitalise on their chances. Their coach Riston brought in super-sub Perryson Rebello replacing Lincon to sharpen them in attacking and the forward delivered the coach’s expectation in the 62 minutes when he tap-in from close, off Nicholas Rodrigues’ perfect lofted pass in the box, making it all square for the Curchorem side.
Ten minutes later, Corps also had the chance to once again go into the lead when unmarked Cyril found the loose ball just outside the box, who later covered some steps to enter the box but failed to keep the ball on target.
Guardian once again tried to control the match by penetrating opponent’s defence on regular intervals and finally in the 86th minutes they were successful in breaking the Army men when Abel made up for his penalty miss as he flung high to head-in from close to Nicholas’ pin-point perfect corner, confirming all three points for Guardian.
Published: Sun Oct 29, 2017 09:11 PM IST