INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 :Sporting GOA beat Bharat FC 2-0 at home.
02.05.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 2-0
SCG : Brandon Fernandez, Pratesh
SCG : Ravi Kumar, Amna, Wolfe, Antao, Victorino, Shirodkar, Brandon, Chinta, Clemente, Garcia, Gonsalves.
BFC : Arindam, Gourmangi, Hassell, Ravanan, Boco, Asif, Vignesh, Dipendu, Simranjit, Subhash, Surajit.
BFC PRESS RELEASE : A disappointing performance from Bharat FC, one in which they struggled hard to find the cutting edge to convert the chances they created, saw them go down 2-0 against Sporting Clube de Goa on Saturday evening at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa. Brandon Fernandes opened the scoring for Sporting Clube de Goa, netting a free kick in the 41st minute before Pratesh Shirodkar thumped in the second goal, just six minutes into the second half to give Sporting a deserved victory.
The result sees the Goan side climb off the last place in the table with 14 points from 16 matches. Bharat FC are now in 11th place with 12 points from 15 games. Bharat FC began the game in confident fashion, moving the ball fluidly and creating space up the field. Romuald Boco sent in a couple of crosses in the first five minutes, operating on the right edge of a four-man midfield. The first big chance arrived in the fourth minute, when G Vignesh whipped in a diagonal cross from the right allowing the on-rushing Subash Singh a shy at goal. Subash's header, though powerful, was not on target as it whistled past the post.
In the tenth minute, Romuald Boco's inch-perfect cross from the right allowed Subash another free header, this time from the edge of the six-yard box. The downward header seemed headed for the left corner but Sporting's goalkeeper Ravi Kumar got a faint touch on the ball, deflecting it on to the upright.
With the temperature soaring above the 30 degree mark and with humidity over 60 percent, the pace of game slowed down after the quarter-hour mark. In the 21st minute, debutant Simranjeet Singh showed admirable tenacity to hold off Mahmoud Amna and get off a shot. However, the ball that was hit with the outside of Simranjeet's boot did not trouble Ravi Kumar, trickling wide of the goal. After the water break in the 25th minute, Sporting seemed to dominate proceedings. The strike-pairing of Anthony Wolfe and Victorino Fernandes seemed to harry the Bharat FC defense, with support from Brandon Fernandes on the left and Mahmoud Amna down the center.
Sporting took the lead in the 41st minute after Asif Kottayil pulled down Anthony Wolfe on the edge of the Bharat FC box. The resulting free kick saw Brandon Fernandes place an inch-perfect take into the top-left corner which left the Lions' custodian, Arindam Bhattacharya, rooted to his spot. After the restart, the Lions tried to force the issue with Boco going on a couple of darting runs on the right. However, Sporting doubled the lead, scoring off a quick break and taking advantage of confusion in the Bharat FC defense. Victorino Fernandes released Pratesh Shirdokar in the center, 25 yards from the Bharat FC goal. The pint-sized midfielder cut past two center-backs before unleashing a powerful drive which flew into the top-left corner.
After the second goal, Sporting were content to sit back and absorb the pressure. Bharat FC's head coach Stuart Watkiss brought on Palestinian international Omar Jarun, using the six feet six inch tall player as the central striker. However, Bharat FC were unable to break down Sporting's massed ranks, creating a few half chances but with no attacking potency in sight, it was always going to be an uphill task.
FT : SPORTING GOA WIN 2-0 AGAINST BHARAT FC.
90': 4 minute added time. 2-0 to sporting..Pratesh scored the 2nd.
50: SCORE LINE : SCG 1-0 BFC 45': IN FIRST LEG BHARAT FC BEAT SPORTING 1-0 THROUGH A SCORE OF MEHRAJUDDIN
42': NOW SCORE - 1-0 for Sporting. Brandon Fernandez scored from a Free kick for Sporting.
29': Water break for massive hit.
18': YELLOW CARD to RAVANAN - BFC
17': 0-0 is the score line.
4': Attack of Bharat, Subhas Singh missed a chance from Boco's pass.
1': Match starts.
BFC PRESS RELEASE - PREVIEW : A full strength Bharat FC will look to build on their strong record against Goan opposition in their debut Hero I-League season as they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in an I-League round 20 match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday. The match will kick-off at 4.30 pm. Bharat FC are currently in 10th place with 12 points from 14 games. Sporting Clube de Goa are at the bottom of the table with 11 points from 15 matches.
In their inaugural season, the Lions have played four matches against opposition from Goa and have not lost a single game picking up eight points from a possible 12. Bharat FC will be looking for three points against a struggling Sporting side over whom the Lions prevailed by a 1-0 margin in early March this year.
After being handicapped by a raft of suspensions and injuries in their last game, Bharat FC are back to full strength. Club captain Gouramangi Singh, defensive mainstay Ravanan Dharmaraj and goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya return to Bharat FC head coach Stuart Watkiss' 18-man squad. New Zealand international striker, Kris Bright, is still recovering from a hamstring strain and his participation on Saturday is in doubt.
Watkiss wants his team to show the same hunger and passion which they demonstrated during their win over Sporting Clube de Goa when the two sides last met in March. 'We haven't had the best of months, points-wise, in April. We have played good football but we have not converted our chances. We need to be at our sharpest best as we start this month. I am confident that my team can deliver the goods and I am hopeful of a positive result on Saturday,' said the coach.
A thumping Mehrajuddin Wadoo header had given the Lions all three points in their last outing against Sporting. The experienced defender will be absent in this return-fixture as he recuperates from a knee injury. Bharat FC went down 0-2 against Bengaluru FC last Friday while Sporting Clube de Goa played out a 1-1 draw against Mumbai FC at home.
The 48-year-old Watkiss said that he was encouraged by the way his team, albeit one hit by injuries and suspension, played against Bengaluru FC and hoped that they would display more of the same fluidity against a talented Sporting outfit. 'There were some lads who debuted last week. I was really impressed by the way my team pushed and harried Bengaluru FC. We will need to replicate that performance, keep up the intensity all through the 90 minutes and ensure that we make the most of our chances. I expect a good challenging game tomorrow and the boys are pumped up for this game,' he said.
Sporting Clube de Goa's head coach, Mateus Costa, said that he expected his team to put on a strong performance and build on the recent strong run of form that his side have exhibited. 'It will be a tough game but I am confident in the ability of my team. We have started to hit our stride and I am sure my team will play good football and work hard to ensure that we get a positive result,' said Costa
02.05.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 2-0-- BHARAT FC - FT