GOA POLICE CUP FINAL: FC Bardez Goa first major title in their debut tournament…
FCB GOA PRESS RELEASE : Armando Colaco’s men sealed a first major title in their debut tournament. FC Bardez Goa beat Calangute Association 3-0 in the Final of the Goa Police Cup played at Duler Stadium earlier today. The win secured FCBG’S first major title win in in their debut tournament. Bardez were dominant throughout the game and deserved their comprehensive win as their opposition failed to register a single shot on target.
In the 9th minute Calangute’s Agnelo Colaco came up with a superb cross from the right flank but Olan Chandran misjudged it. A minute later Stevan Fernandes produced a perfect through pass for Agnelo Colaco, but FC Bardez keeper Mirshad K cleared the ball in time conceding a corner. 22nd minute of the match, Calangute’s centre-back Stanley D’Silva made a mistake just outside the box and Bardez striker Kirtikesh Gadekar pounced onto the loose ball to slot it into the net to give his side the lead. Energized by the goal Bardez came close twice to doubling their advantage, Alesh Sawant had an effort from distance, while Peter Carvalho couldn’t convert his header. But, they went into the break a goal to the good.
On crossing over, Bardez just took three minutes to double their lead; a long ball by Rowilson Rodrigues saw another defensive blunder between the Calangute’s centre-backs and keeper Jason. This time Myron Medes made no mistake to make it 2-0. In the very next minute Girish Naik made an excellent run into the box but shot wide. Few minutes later Bardez had another chance, a right footer from Latesh Mandrekar was pushed out for a corner by Calngute’s custodian Jason produced a full stretched diving save.
On the hour mark Calangute had a golden chance to reduce the margin when Rodrigues’ back pass was intercepted by Valerio but custodian Mirshad K cleared the ball easily. Five minutes before regulation time Bardez’s Alesh Sawant made a dangerous run into the box and passed the ball to substitute Serino Fernandes who tapped it into the net to seal an emphatic 3-0 win for Colaco’s men.
Sawant was named “Player of the Tournament” for his 3 goals and consistent performances. Bardez took home a cheque of 2, 00,000 and the historic GPG trophy.
FC Bardez gaffer Colaco was happy after lifting their maiden silverware and said, “The newborn club is famous now. It’s very special for me. It’s all down to the players’ effort and hard work. They made my dream come true because I wanted to come back into Goan football and show everybody that this type of football is possible.”
A special mention must also be made of Goa’s football faithful who embraced the tournament warmly throughout its duration and even today filled out the stadium to the rafters cheering on both teams till the final whistle. The turnout was particularly commendable considering it was a working day.
05.08.2016 - FCB - GOA : Goa's newest football club FC Bardez Goa was inaugurated recently and the new outfit is set to play it's first official match against Dempo Sports Club in the Goa Police Cup next week. The club begin their journey under the stewardship of one of India's most successful coaches in Armando Colaco. Life has come a full circle for the veteran tactician who now faces his former club who he led to I-League glory, in his first match with FC Bardez Goa.
Reflecting on the prospect of facing his old club the new FCB chief was bullish, "There is no doubt Dempo is a good team, a seasoned team. But when we'll be playing against them it will be eleven vs eleven."
Asked about his own team's preparations ahead of the game Colaco lamented the fact that the rains had prevented him from holding adequate outdoor practice sessions. But, he said he was happy with the overall balance of the squad. "I have brought senior players to give experience to the youngsters. Maturity is more importanant. If you have only juniors then they don’t have the maturity . Seniors are guiding the juniors who are learning from them," he explained. Climax will be playing the dual role of player and Assistant Coach for FC Bardez Goa
Colaco also elaborated on his expectations for player-coach Climax Lawrence who has joined him on this adventure stating that he was keen for the experienced midfielder to concentrate on his coaching career. "Now is the time where he has to give all his experience to the youth, put all his efforts on them," he pointed out.
The former India manager said he was on the lookout for a good Indian striker and only if he failed to find one would he turn to the foreign market. Speaking about the new project Colaco said he was keen to instil his own brand of attacking and entertaining football into the team and was not concerned about outdoing his more illustrious rivals. "I'm here to build the FC Bardez brand in my own style. The team will play Armando Colaco's style of football."
Colaco asserted that he was looking at the Goa Police Cup as a dress rehearsal for the Goa Pro League season which is a priority for the club. .