Both teams sealed important wins in their respective games.
Sporting reclaim top spot Sporting Clube de Goa reclaimed the top spot following their comfortable 2-0 win over FC Goa in the GPL match played at at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Friday.
Philip Odugwu scores in the first session while Marcus Mascarenhas scored in the second half.
The win takes Sportinng Clube de Goa at the top of the GPL table with 24 points from 10 games while FC Go have 14 points from 9 outings. Sporting Clube de Goa scored the first from a short corner taken by Dattaraj Gaonkar to George D’Souza whose loss cross in the box was poorly dealt by FC Goa defence. The loose ball travelled to Peter Carvalho, whose shot was again not dealt by the rival defence and Philip Odogwu who was lurking in the box, shot home from close range.
Thereafter, Opi was presented with a chance from a free kick on the left and he forced the opposition keeper into tipping his goal bound shot above the bar.
The Gaurs grew in confidence as the half progressed and really should have levelled after Christy found Sweden with an inch perfect ball over the defence. The winger chested the ball down, charged at goal but smashed it well above the crossbar. Sporting however, hit straight back and nearly doubled their lead when Marcus Mascarenhas headed at goal from a free-kick which goalkeeper Dylan did well to stop.
It was end to end stuff towards the end of the first period with both teams looking to nick a goal. However, neither side was able to trouble the scorers before time ran out.
In the second half, Skipper Marcus really should have doubled his side’s lead after a brilliant play from the right but he hit his shot straight at Dylan who reacted superbly to make the stop. However, the skipper made up for his mistake a couple minutes later after a good cross from the left was tapped in from two yards out to double Sporting’s lead. Stendly Fernandes cross from the left was guided home by the skipper Marcus Mascarenhas.
Meanwhile, in the other GPL match of the day, at Corps of Signals Ground, Ankit Singh scored a 60th minute equalizer for Corps of Signals as they held Salgaocar FC to a 1-1 draw.