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GOA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT : 2nd AWES Cup 2018 MATCH REPORTS
15.09.2018: Sporting Clube pip Salaocar to win AWES Cup
Sporting Clube de Goa scored a solitary goal victory over Salgaocar FC to emerge champions in the AWES Cup, organized by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Saturday.
Clive Miranda’s late goal in the 86th minute proved to be the difference in the end as Sporting Clube lived up to their top billing to emerge champions. Both teams started cagily, unwilling to take any risks at the start of the match. Sporting Clube did try to push forward but were mindful of the gaps at the back. Salgaocar, led by midfielder Mackroy Peixoto, created some chances but the teams lacked sharpness upfront
The first chance for either side was in the 25th minute when Mackroy’s freekick from the left missed the target narrowly. At the other end, Sporting Clube were edging closer to the goal. One cross from the right by Brandon Gomes created confusion inside the Salgaocar danger zone but Cajetan Fernandes and Marcus Mascarenhas both clashed, missing the chance to test the goalkeeper. Then a corner kick from Cajetan saw Peter Carvalho rise highest and head only for the ball to be cleared on the goalline.
In the second half, Salgaocar missed another chance as a cross from Daniel Gomes saw Manuel Costa slow to react and Sporting responded with a chance of their own as Victorino went close.Just when it seemed the match would be decided by the tiebreaker, Sporting scored. A corner from Assumption Soares was headed from inside a crowded goalmouth by Miranda for the only goal of the match.
Sporting were reduced to 10 men late in the game as Quan Gomes was sent off for two bookings. AWES president Avertano Furtado, Sporting Clube de Goa president Peter Vaz along with family members of those who had awards instituted in their names gave away the prizes.
Candido Abreu trophy for winners: Sporting Clube de Goa
Leopoldo Fernandes trophy for runnersup: Salgaocar FC
Mauricio Pinto trophy for highest scorer: Enock Cudjoe (ONGC)
Vassu Chodankar trophy for most valuable player: Mackroy Peixoto (Salgaocar)
Ashok Mahambre trophy for best young player: Clive Miranda (Sporting Clube)
Jaisinh Maganlal Trophy for fair play: Salgaocar FC
Jose Manuel Esteves trophy for best voluntary organizer: Conception Pereira
12.09.2018: Salgaocar stun ONGC to storm into AWES Cup final
1-1, 4-2 (PEN)
15th September 2018: Final: Sporting Clube de Goa v Salgaocar FC, Tilak Maidan
A youthful Salgaocar FC continued with their superb showing as they defeated ONGC 4-2 via the tiebreaker to enter the final of the AWES Cup, organised by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Wednesday.
After both teams failed to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes, Salgaocar took the lead through Devendra Murgaonkar in the 58th minute. Salgaocar believed they would win in regulation time, only for Ghanaian striker Enock Cudjoe to score the equaliser in the 84th minute.
In the tiebreaker, Mackroy Peixoto, Sanson Pereira, Selwyn Miranda and Denil Rebello scored for Salgaocar while ONGC fumbled after Harkirat Singh had converted the first spot-kick. Salgaocar goalkeeper Jaison D’Mello made two consecutive saves in the tiebreaker to stop the attempts of F Lalwuanpuia and Nitesh Monda to give Salgaocar a terrific win.
Salgaocar, who have decided to have a young team this season, did not seem to be overawed with the opposition who had two foreign players in their ranks and had won all three of their matches in the group stage.
The youthful side used their speed to good effect and pushed their opponents on the back foot early in the game. They enjoyed the edge and were unlucky not to move ahead as Devendra missed in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper and Mackroy’s shot was fisted over by goalkeeper Bilifang Narzary. Salgaocar continued to attack with Ronaldo Oliveira going close and then Devendra saw his attempt being blocked by the goalkeeper.
Salgaocar finally broke the deadlock in the 58th minute when Sanson Pereira’s freekick saw the keeper fumble and Devendra pounced on the opportunity. With time fast running out, ONGC pressed hard for the equaliser and were successful in the 84th minute when Ghanaian striker Enock Cudjoe headed a corner from Jagdeep Singh straight into the goal. In the tiebreaker that followed, Salgaocar kept their cool and sealed a place in the final.
11.09.2018: Sporting book place in final
1-1, 8-7 (PEN)
semi Final 2 : ONGC v Salgaocar FC, 4 pm, Tilak Maidan
Sporting Clube de Goa knocked out defending champions Dempo Sports Club 8-7 via sudden death tiebreaker to move into the final of the AWES Cup, organised by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Tuesday.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. Dempo took the lead in the 54th minute through Jessel Carneiro while Sporting Clube equalised in the 57th minute through a brilliant goal from Brandon Gomes.
In the tiebreaker that followed, Sporting Clube missed the first penalty taken by Alesh Sawant but converted the next seven through Cajetan Fernandes, Marcus Mascarenhas, Ganesh Thakur, Clive Miranda, Brandon Gomes, Assumption Soares and captain Victorino Fernandes.
Dempo were in an advantageous position, first taking the lead in normal time and then the tiebreaker when Velito D’Cruz and Suraj Hadkonkar converted the first two penalties. Naveen Mendes missed the third penalty, and while Jessel Carneiro, Chatur Naik, Joaquim Abranches, Olan Chandran all converted, Mario Mascarenhas missed the eighth penalty for Dempo. There was hardly anything to separate the two teams in an end-to-end contest where both teams created and missed chances.
After a barren first session, Dempo took the lead in the 54th minute when they launched a counter attack and Abranches crossed on the left for Jessel who finished with an angular left footer. Goalkeeper Melroy Fernandes thought he had the angle covered but the ball bounced awkwardly and sailed into the goal. Sporting Clube were stunned by the setback but managed to equalise only three minutes later. It was a wonderful strike from Brandon who scored with a long ranger from almost 40 yards out. Brandon had got the opportunity after the Dempo defence had cleared a corner kick from Cajetan Fernandes.
Both teams then missed chances with Assumption’s long ranger hitting the crossbar and sailing out of play. Dempo also missed with Abranches hitting straight into the hands of the goalkeeper. Sporting Clube will now meet the winners of the second semi-final between ONGC (Mumbai) and Salgaocar FC for the final showdown on Saturday, September 15 at 6.30pm.
09.09.2018: Dempo drub Pune City to enter semis
FC PUNE CITY
:(56th minute), Jessel Carneiro (61st minute) and Latesh Mandrekar (68th minute)
: Jakob Vanlalhimpuia 77th minute.
Semi Final 1 : Dempo SC v Sporting Clube de Goa on 11th September 2018 at 4 p.m.
Vasco: Dempo Sports Club rose to the occasion as they outsmarted FC Pune City 3-1 to enter the semi-finals of the AWES Cup, organized by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Sunday.
Needing a draw to secure a place in the semi-finals, Dempo did better than expected as they floored last season’s Indian Super League (ISL) semifinalists to top group A and book a last-four clash against Sporting Clube de Goa on Tuesday. Pune City bowed out of the tournament without a win from three matches. ONGC (Mumbai) and Salgaocar FC will face each other in the second semifinal on Wednesday.
Dempo were entirely deserving of the full points as they found the goals through Mario Mascarenhas (56th minute), Jessel Carneiro (61st minute) and Latesh Mandrekar (68th minute) while Pune City reduced the margin through Jakob Vanlalhimpuia in the 77th minute.
There were no goals at half time but, although under pressure, Dempo still managed to create three good chances, only for Joaquim Abranches, Jessel and Latest to fall short. Pune had plenty of the ball but did not make too many incisive moves. In the second session, Dempo drew first blood through Mario who headed home a fine cross from the left inside a crowded goalmouth.
Needing to win, Pune upped the ante but Dempo dealt them another blow five minutes later from a free-kick which was awarded after the goalkeeper stepped out with the ball still in his hands. Jessel stepped up to take the free-kick on the edge of the box and finished it with a well-worked move.Latesh made it 3-0 when he converted a penalty, which he had himself won after being brought down by Rohit Kumar inside the box.
There was now no way back for Pune City, although they did manage to pull a goal back in the closing stages through Jakob Vanlalhimpuia, who was fed on the platter inside the box and had to just divert the ball into the goal.
08.09.2018: ONGC edge past Sporting Clube
Tomorrow's Match - FC Pune City v Dempo SC, 4 pm. Tilak.
Ghanaian striker Enock Cudjoe scored a goal in extra time as ONGC defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 in the AWES Cup, organised by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Saturday.
Jagdeep Singh had given ONGC the lead in the first session but Sporting Clube did well to level scores in the 72nd minute through captain Victorino Fernandes. ONGC were then reduced to 10 men when Prathamesh Kasare was sent off in the 82nd minute. But despite the handicap, ONGC got the winner in the third minute of extra time.
The win helped ONGC continue with their winning streak in the tournament and they topped group B with nine points from three matches. Sporting Clube were left with four points, the same as Gokulam Kerala FC, but qualified for the semi-finals with a better goal average. Sporting Clube will play the first semi-final against group A toppers on Tuesday. ONGC were the better side at the start of the contest and could have surged ahead early if not for alert Sporting goalkeeper Melroy Fernandes. After much probing, ONGC finally took the lead through Jagdeep Singh who connected superbly after Sunil Lohar and Cudjoe had done the spadework.
Sporting Clube were better in the second session and pressed hard for the equaliser but it was not until the 72nd minute when they found success. It was a nice through ball from Quan Gomes that started it all and Victorino did well to slide the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.
The match seemed to be headed for a draw when ONGC defender Prathamesh Kasare was shown the red card by the referee for a foul on Glan Martins. The numerical disadvantage pegged ONGC back but the Mumbai champions did manage to get the winner when Cudjoe rose high to meet a corner kick.
07.09.2018: Gokulam Kerala drub Sesa FA 4-1
Tomorrow's Match: Sporting Clube de Goa v ONGC, 4 pm. Tilak
Gokulam Kerala FC fought back from a goal down to defeat Sesa Football Academy 4-1 but will need favours from elsewhere to qualify for the semi-finals of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa at Tilak Maidan, Vasco.
Gokulam’s win on Friday, their first in the tournament, has left them with four points. Sporting Clube de Goa also have four points but enjoy a better goal difference of plus two and now need only a draw against ONGC in their concluding league clash on Sunday to qualify for the semi-finals. ONGC have qualified with six points from their two consecutive victories while Sesa FA finished without a point after losing all three matches.
Needing a big win to stay alive in the competition, last year’s finalists dominated from the start but had the misfortune of seeing their opponents take the lead. Sesa FA scored their first goal of the match and the tournament when Joston Pereira converted a set piece from the edge of the box in the 16th minute.
The goal rattled Gokulam who had a giant reputation to protect. The I-League side from Kerala hit back with an equaliser in the 27th minute as Suhair VP capitalised on a goalkeeping error. The lapse from the goalkeeper proved costly in the end as Gokulam never looked back after getting the equaliser and scored at regular intervals.
In the second session, Gokulam started with their goal-rush, although they had to wait till the 73rd minute to surge ahead for the first time. Nasar PA gave them the lead with a curler and then secured his second goal in the very next minute by giving finishing touches to a cross from Deepak Kumar.
With four minutes left to be played, substitute Rajesh S joined the goal-scoring party. It could have been worse for Sesa FA in added time when Gani Ahamed thought he had scored only for Sesa captain and defender Anil Chawan to come up with a goalline clearance.
06.09.2018: Pune stay alive with dramatic 3-3 draw
FC Pune City scored in the dying seconds to hold FC Goa 3-3 and stay alive in the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Thursday.
Tomorrow: Gokulam v Sesa, 4 pm, Tilak
Pune City led 2-0 at half time with goals from both their foreign players, Matthew Mills (15th minute) and Diego de Oliveira (36th minute). However, it was a completely different story in the second session as FC Goa equalised and then surged ahead, thanks to goals from Hayden Fernandes and Lalampuia. It seemed like curtains for Pune City, semi-finalists in last year’s Indian Super League (ISL), but they managed to get the equaliser in the dying seconds of the match through star striker Emiliano Alfaro.
The goal kept Pune City alive as they now need a win against Dempo Sports Club in their concluding league clash on Saturday to qualify. FC Goa bowed out with two points. It was a fortune fluctuating clash with Pune dictating terms in the first session. Mills started the scoring in the 23rd minute when he headed a freekick which was fisted away by the goalkeeper, only for Mills to find the target.
Diego’s snap shot in the 36th minute from outside the box made it 2-0 but FC Goa fought back in the second session. At first, Hayden took the rival goalkeeper by surprise with a stunning long range attempt that found the mark. The hardworking Lalampuia then scored two opportunistic goals to make it 3-2 in favour of FC Goa. Just when it looked like Pune City would pack their bags for home, Alfaro rose to the challenge as he poked home the winner from a corner kick in the closing stages of added time.
Pune now face Dempo in their final league clash on Saturday for a place in the final. Salgaocar FC have qualified with five points.
05.09.2018: Sporting Clube rally to hold Gokulam Kerala 1-1
Tomorrow's Match.- FC Pune City v FC Goa, 4 p.m Tilak Maidan
Sporting Clube de Goa scored a late goal to hold Gokulam Kerala FC 1-1 and take giant step towards the semi-final of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Wednesday.
Gokulam were cruising with the help of Nasar P.A’s 27th minute strike and led by a solitary goal at half time. The visitors, however, struggled in the second session and invited more pressure in the final minutes when substitute Shahbas Saleel was sent off in the 87th minute. There was more pressure as Sporting pressed for the equaliser and finally found success in the final minute of added time.
Substitute Akeraj Martins scored the precious goal that gave Sporting Clube a point. They now have four points from two matches and will qualify for the semi-finals if they manage a draw against ONGC in their concluding league clash. Gokulam have only a point from their first two games and need a miracle to qualify. They play in their final league game on Friday.
After the setback against ONGC in their opening game, Gokulam tried to secure their first win and were all over the rival territory in the opening minutes. Sporting Clube had chances as well but it were Gokulam who took the lead in the 27th minute. Goalkeeper Melroy Fernandes’ shot was intercepted in-between and the resultant pass saw Nasar give the finishing touches for the opening goal.
It was not until the second session that Sporting Clube enjoyed a clear advantage. Captain Victorino Fernandes missed a good chance when in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper and then Quan Gomes also had the misfortune of seeing his attempt from inside the box sail over the bar.
Sporting, however, were not to be denied the equaliser, even though it came at the fag end of the match. A nice ball on the left saw Glan Martins race to intercept and then float it towards the goalmouth when Akeraj did well to score from close range.
Dempo SC enter semis
Salgaocar FC scored an entertaining 3-3 draw against Dempo Sports Club to book their place in the semi-finals of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Tuesday.
TOMORROW's MATCh : GOKULAM KERALA FC v SPORTING CLUBE DE GOA, 4 pm, Tilak Maidan
Salgaocar finished their group engagements with five points that are enough for them to qualify. Dempo (four points from 2 matches) and FC Pune City (0 points from 1 game) will be the two teams battling for the other semi-final place from this group. Salgaocar were deserving of a draw today that took them to the semi-finals. The young side made a great start as they surged ahead in the fourth minute through Ronaldo Oliveira but Dempo struck back with a goal from defender Olan Chandran in the 32nd minute.
Dempo took the lead for the first time in the game in the 42nd minute through Beevan D’Mello but Salgaocar FC equalised in the first minute of the second session through a wonderful long-ranger from captain Mackroy Peixoto.
Dempo coach Samir Naik brought in Josley Dias to sharpen them in attack and the striker won them a penalty just a few minutes after he took the field after he was brought down inside the box. Naveen Mendes stepped up and converted the penalty to give Dempo a 3-2 lead just after the hour mark but Salgaocar were back in the game with eight minutes left to be played as Ronaldo scored his second goal of the match to tie the match 3-3. Ronaldo’s late goal was a result of some sustained pressure from Salgaocar forwards who went close on several occasions before finally getting the deserving equaliser. The match was a tale of two halves. If Dempo were impressive in the first session and called the shots, Salgaocar were equally good in the second session.
ONGC prove two good for Sesa FA
Sesa Football Academy
: Sunil Lohar, Chavan (og)
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: ONGC took a massive step towards securing a place in the semifinals after notching a comfortable 2-0 win over Sesa Football Academy in the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Monday.
TOMORROW's MATCH : AWES Cup: Salgaocar FC vs Dempo Sports Club, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 4pm
ONGC now have six points from their first two group encounters and are comfortably placed to qualify as one of the two best placed teams from the group. They are leading the group, followed by Sporting Clube de Goa with three points from their lone match. Gokulam Kerala FC and Sesa FA are yet to open their accounts.
ONGC were helped by goals from Sunil Lohar in the 22nd minute and an own goal from Sesa captain Anil Chavan in the added time of first session. The visitors were confident in their approach at the start of the game and bombarded their opponents with several moves. Ghanaian striker Enock Cudjoe was the first to test the rival goal when he came up with a snap header from close range but goalkeeper Sapam N was equal to the task.
The goalkeeper, however, could do nothing when Sunil drove the ball past him from just outside the box in the 22nd minute. The midfielder did well to first trap the ball cleanly, then beat his marker with a sidestep and finish it past the diving goalkeeper. ONGC’s second goal came at the stroke of half time in fortuitous circumstances. A cross from the right saw ONGC players chasing the ball in the air, and when defender Chavan tried to clear the ball, he ended up heading it inside his own goal.
In the second session, ONGC did not show any urgency but played the ball among themselves. There were stray moves but they could not add to their tally. The young Sesa FA team, on the other hand, tried their best but did not have the strength to break down the rival defence.
ONGC score big win over Gokulam
: Enock Cudjoe-2, Himanshu Patil, Fabricio Ortiz (og)
: Thiago Fernandez (Pen)
: ONGC, Mumbai gave a good account of themselves as they scored a stunning 4-1 victory over Gokulam Kerala FC in their group opener of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Saturday.
The Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) league champions led 3-0 at half time and were helped by a brace of goals from Ghanaian striker Enock Cudjoe. Himanshu Patil had opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, while Gokulam also conceded an own goal through defender Fabricio Ortiz. ONGC scored the first three goals within the first half an hour.
Substitute Brazilian striker Thiago Fernandez scored the only goal of the match for Gokulam after he converted a penalty in the 48th minute. ONGC took the lead in the 23rd minute when Cudjoe made a superb run on the left flank and found Himanshu Patil in front of goal, who completed an easy tap-in to put his side ahead.
Two minutes later, ONGC struck again, this time through Cudjoe whose powerful volley from just outside the box found the top corner of the net. There was more trouble for Gokulam, who played well in the I-League last season and now have ambitions of winning the title, when they conceded an own goal in the 31st minute. A free kick from captain F. Lalmuanpuia saw Gokulam’s Argentinean defender Ortiz head the ball into his own goal.
Down by three goals, Gokulam made a couple of changes and they made the match interesting by scoring their first goal just three minutes after the restart. It was Brazilian striker Thiago who found the mark from the penalty spot after Mohammed Rashid had won a penalty. With a goal in their bag, Gokulam gained some confidence and kept hunting for more goals. They came close but their strikers frittered away some good chances. ONGC made them pay in the end when Cudjoe capitalised on a faulty clearance and took everyone by surprise with a long ranger in the final minute of added time.
SALGAOCAR AND FC GOA ENDED GOALLESS
: Salgaocar FC managed a goalless draw against FC Goa to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the semi-finals of the AWES Cup, organised by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Friday.
Tomorrow's match : Gokulam FC v ONGC, 4 pm, Tilak Maidan
Salgaocar had stunned Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City in their opening game and will now qualify for the semi-final if they defeat Dempo Sports Club in their concluding group clash. FC Goa have just one point from two matches and will have to depend on other results to qualify. FC Goa could have scored full points from this game but missed many chances. The best chance came in the 90th minute of play when Hayden Fernandes missed a penalty as his attempt struck the goalpost.
The penalty was awarded after Salgaocar defender Stephen Alvares brought down FC Goa’s Imran Khan inside the box.For most of the second session, FC Goa had chances to win this game but could not convert the chances. Salgaocar goalkeeper Jason D’Mello also effected a couple of good saves to keep his team in the hunt.
Salgaocar were impressive in the first half and should have been at least a goal ahead. Their best chance fell at the feet of Ronaldo Oliveira in the 25th minute when he pounced on a weak clearance but his effort from just outside the box struck the goalpost.FC Goa also had the misfortune of seeing one of their attempt hit the post. Imran thought he had scored a goal when he was presented with a close-range opportunity but his attempt ricocheted off the goalpost.
Salgaocar will next play Dempo SC on September 4 while FC Goa will face FC Pune City on September 6.
Sporting Clube blank Sesa FA
30.08.2018: Sporting Clube de Goa
: Victorino 14', Mauvin Borges 44'
TOMORROW'S FIXTURE : AWES Cup: FC Goa vs Salgaocar FC, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 4pm
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: Sporting Clube de Goa coasted to a comfortable 2-0 victory against Sesa Football Academy in their opening group clash of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Thursday.
Sporting Clube got both the goals in the first session as Victorino Fernandes and Mauvin Borges scored in the 14th and 33rd minute respectively. The win gives Sporting Clube three points and a good platform to launch their campaign for a semifinal berth from a group that also consists Gokulam FC and ONGC. Sporting Clube were always favoured to win this title comfortably and they started well, pinning Sesa in their own half.
Sporting were helped by an early goal in the 14th minute. Girish Naik worked his way down the right flank and essayed a ball inside the goalmouth where Victorino was on hand to turn it home.
The Goa Pro League champions made it 2-0 just after the half an hour mark, this time Mauvin Borges adding his name to the scoresheet. It was a simple cross from Ganesh Thakur which Sesa defence couldn’t clear properly and Mauvin pounced on the opportunity to hammer the ball past the Sesa goalkeeper.
Just before halftime, Sesa had a great chance to pull a goal back but a cross from Javad P saw Sesa players slow to react inside the box. In the second session, Sporting Clube had chances to inflate their goal tally but captain Victorino was guilty of missing two chances.
Sesa too had a chance in the 77th minute when midfielders Mark Barreto and Ashley Cardozo combined well and found Joston Pereira but his attempt lacked power.
Salgaocar stun FC Pune City
28.08.2018: Salgaocar SC --
-- FC Pune City
: Ronaldo Oliveira 23',Devendra Murgaonkar 63'
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: Salgaocar FC took everyone by surprise with a splendid 2-0 victory over FC Pune City in their opening match of the AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons in collaboration with Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Wednesday.
FC Pune City are here with their senior squad and fielded two separate foreign players in each half, yet Salgaocar were unfazed and collected full points by scoring in each half. Ronaldo Oliveira opened the tally for Salgaocar in the 23rd minute, while Devendra Murgaonkar doubled the score in the 63rd minute.
The victory puts Salgaocar in an advantageous position in Group A which also has Dempo SC (3 points) and FC Goa.Pune started the match well and had proceedings under control with a short passing game. However, Salgaocar were ready to play the waiting game and created chances of their own. The first came as early as the seventh minute when Oliveira was nicely fed by Mackroy Peixoto with a long free-kick, but the striker’s attempted tap-in was pushed out for a corner by the Pune goalkeeper.
Minutes later, Salgaocar had Pune rattled when Daniel Gomes’ long ranger struck the goalpost. Salgaocar took the lead in the 23rd minute when Murgaonkar made a superb run and then set the ball up for Ronaldo who made no mistake from close range.
Pune City tried to claw their way back but Salgaocar stood firm and added another goal just after the hour mark. This time the goal came from a set-piece as Peixoto’s corner was beautifully headed inside the goal by Devendra.For the rest of the game, Pune City tried to take the battle to the opposition but did not enjoy any clear cut chances. Their star striker Marcelinho Pereira tried a few tricks but Salgaocar were not to be denied of a victory.
Tomorrow's Match: Sporting Clube de Goa v Sesa FA, 4 pm, Tilak Maidan
Dempo pip FC Goa in AWES Cup opener
28.08.2018: DEMPO SC --
-- FC GOA
: Beevan D’Mello 82'
Tomorrow's match: Salgaocar FC v FC Pune City, 4 pm at Tilak
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: Defending champions Dempo Sports Club kick-started their challenge in the All-India AWES Cup with a hard-fought solitary goal victory over FC Goa reserves in the opening match at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco, on Tuesday. After a barren first session, experienced striker Beevan D’Mello struck the all-important goal in the 82nd minute as Dempo collected full points from the group A battle. The group also has FC Pune City and Salgaocar FC, both of whom will lock horns on Wednesday.
The tournament, organised by the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG), has eight teams vying for the top prize and Dempo made their intentions known right at the start when they took the battle to the opposition.
Beevan D’Mello was the first to have a look at the rival goal as his snap shot in the 12th minute missed the target by a whisker.
For FC Goa, Kapil Hoble, formerly with Dempo, was troubling the rival defence and could have opened his team’s account midway into the first session but his attempt only struck the side-netting. Hoble then missed a golden opportunity in the 38th minute when Imran Khan picked him out inside the danger zone but Hoble could not believe his luck as the ball sailed wide of an unmarked goal.
In the second session, chances were few and far between for both teams, although Dempo came close twice in the 51st and 53rd minute. At first Vineet Budge’s header off Suraj Hadkonkar’s cross went just over the crossbar and later Latesh Mandrekar went close from inside the box.
Dempo finally broke the deadlock with eight minutes left for the final whistle. Substitute Yogesh Kadam set up Jessel on the left wing and the last named crossed inside the box. The low cross was finished with a curler by Beevan that sailed past FC Goa goalkeeper Shubham Das.
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