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Sporting Goa beat Vasco in GPL

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The Flaming Orange finish runners-up in the league...

Sporting Clube de Goa defeated Vasco Sports Club 3–0 in a crucial Goa Pro League encounter to secure the runners up spot with a match to spare. Subhasish Bose (13’) opened the score line for the Flaming Oranje while Marcus Mascarenhas (32’) added the second. Towards the closing stages Victorino Fernandes (89’) signed off with an incredible goal to seal the victory for Sporting.  

Sporting gaffer Mateus Costa made two changes to the side that won against Cavelossim last week. Subhasish Bose came in place of Ponif Vaz while the young Fayaz Shaikh made his maiden start between the sticks replacing the veteran Ravi Kumar.

Sporting were the dominant side right from the start as Francis Dadzie and Mauvin Borges breached the Vasco defense very early in the match. Just around 10 minutes from the kick-off Avrhishto Fernandes made a good run in midfield winning a free-kick about 30 yards away from goal. Cajetan Fernandes delivered a perfect ball finding the tall defender Subhasish Bose who made no mistake heading it past the Vasco keeper giving Sporting the lead. Sporting should have doubled the lead in the 23rd minute when Harshad Naik set up Dadzie with a fantastic cross but the latter shot it inches away from the post. However it dint take too long for Sporting to double their lead as Marcus Mascarenhas made a stunning run in the mid to create a wall pass movement with Cajetan Fernandes who’s inch perfect pass was chipped in by the former to make it 2 – 0 for Sporting. Vasco’s only real opportunity came in the 35th minute when their striker Francis Alves Kouassi shot the ball high up after getting hold of a good cross from Jaison Vaz. In the final 10 minutes Mauvin and Dadzie created at least 4 promising moves but failed to convert either of them courtesy some heroic saves by Jerson Pereira between the sticks for Vasco.  The score stayed 2 – 0 in favour of Sporting at the break.

Crossing over Gaffer Costa introduced Alber Gonsalves, George D’Souza  & Victorino Fernandes in quick succession trying to wrap things up early. Though Alber and Mauvin combined well Vasco SC defense was determined not to leak any goals and kept them in check for most of the times. At the other end once again a good combination between the Vasco skipper Jaison Vaz and Francis Kouassi saw the former come close to scoring on two occasions but the Young Fayaz Shaikh’s vigilance kept the ball away from Sporting net. In the 73rd minute Vasco again missed a good opportunity when a quick free kick by Jaison found Olvin Cardozo in a striking distance but the latter made a mess of the opportunity. Sporting signed off things in style when the second half substitutes Alber Gonsalves made a good run on the left to find Victorino Fernandes in the box, the latter did a fantastic work beating two defenders while placing the ball perfectly past the port town keeper making it 3 – 0 for Sporting.

With this win Sporting have collected 42 points from 19 matches and also secured the runners up spot in the Goa Pro League 2016-17 with a match to spare.

 

Report and Photo Courtesy: Sporting Media

Published: Wed Dec 28, 2016 09:24 PM IST

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