INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Mumbai FC drew goalless with Sporting Goa
08.02.2015 : MUMBAI FC -- 0-0
MOM : Ravi Kumar(GK-SCG)
MFC : Nidhinlal, Chika wali, Justin,Cletus, Mohanraj, Sampath, Josimar, Taisuke, Rafi, Asutosh, Allan.
SCG : Ravi Kumar, Keenan, Garcia, Jhingan, Martins, Rowlin, Ogba, Wolfe, Boima, Brandon, Pratesh.
08.02.2015 : MUMBAI FC -- 0-0-- SPORTING GOA ( FT.)
08.02.2015 - SCG PRESS RELEASE : Sporting Clube de Goa and Mumbai FC played out a goalless draw in round 5 of the Aiff's I-League at Cooperage ground, Mumbai on Sunday. Sporting Goa handed debuts to Sandesh Jhinghan and Miguel Garcia in an exciting new defensive partnership which patrolled their opponents and kept them at bay.
Midfielder Brandon Fernandes also made his debut for the Flaming Oranje, but had to be removed within the opening half an hour after sustaining an injury in an aerial collision. Sporting Goa kept good possession in the opening exchanges, but could not penetrate the stubborn Mumbai defence. Sporting Goa goalkeeper Ravi Kumar was kept busy in the first half with Mumbai's Cletus having two good free kick attempts saved. Ravi was also called into action to make a save from a Mohammed Rafi header and later a shot from long range for Mumbai.
Sporting Goa's best chance fell to Ogba Kalu, who saw his shot whistle just past the post.Changing over, Sporting Goa's Boima Karpeh set up Anthony Wolfe, but he struck the ball wide of the post. At the other end, Taisuke came close for Mumbai. In the end neither team went all out for the kill and seemed to be more content with getting a point from the game.Mumbai has now collected 1 point from four matches, while Sporting Goa moves up to two points from the same number of games.
SCG PRESS RELEASE : PREVIEW : Both teams will be really looking to kick start their season, as Sporting Clube de Goa take on Mumbai FC in round 5 of the Aiff's I-League at Cooperage Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday. The kick off time is 4.30pm and the match is live on ten action. Sporting Clube de Goa's new signing Sandesh Jhingan has made the short trip to Mumbai. Midfielder Brandon Fernandes and Portuguese defender Miguel Garcia are also still waiting to make their debut for the Flaming Oranje.
Neither team has had the best of starts to the campaign, with Sporting Goa currently in tenth position with 1 point from three games. The Flaming Oranje drew their opening match with Kingfisher East Bengal and then lost out to Goan neighbours Dempo Sports Club and Salgaocar Football Club. Mumbai are currently bottom of the table having lost all of their three matches to Mohun Bagan, Shillong Lajong and Pune FC.
The danger man for Sporting Goa is the experienced Nigerian midfielder Ogba Kalu who has scored the clubs only goal in the campaign so far, while Mumbai will look to Brasilian striker Josimar Da Silva who has netted 2 goals in three games. The two teams met in the recently held Federation Cup in Goa, where Mumbai edged to a solitary 1-0 victory. The fixture has gained added interest as it is the first I-League match to be held at the Cooperage ground since the venue was refurbished, which includes a new artificial surface.