INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Sporting Goa hold East Bengal 1-1.
R-1: 18.01.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 1-1 -- EAST BENGAL ( FT..)
KEB : Ranty Martins 7'
SCG : Kalu Ogba 79'
SCG :Ravi, Don, Kalu, Wolfe, Jovel, Mauvin, Rojen, Joseph, Clemente, Rowllin, Joyner
KEB : Subashis, Deepak, Arnab, Susak, Soumik, Lobo, Bartos, Mehtab, Abinash, Jaoquiim, Ranty.
EAST BENGAL AND SPORTING LOCKED AT 1-1
R-1: 18.01.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 1-1 -- EAST BENGAL ( FT..)
East Bengal and Sporting Clube de Goa shared a point each as they locked at 1-1 draw in their opening match at the current edition of I-League. In fact East Bengal failed to cross the barrier of Sporting Clube yet again after being in an early lead. East Bengal scored at the 7th minute which was equalized at the 79th minute of the proceedings.
East Bengal took the lead when Ranti Martins converted following a forward pass from Cavin Lobo. Sporting's opening chance came in the 16th minute as Ogba Kalu's through ball to Wolfe saw him pick Joseph Pereira and when a deflection had fallen at the feet of Mauvin Borges, goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury was on hand to parry the ball away to safety.
Subhashish was again came into action a few minutes later as Mauvin's free kick created some uncertainty in the danger zone before the East Bengal goalkeeper did the needful. East Bengal, apart from the goal, had little to show in the opening session. Joaquim Abranches saw a cross out of his reach and Rojen Singh, the Sporting Clube defender, robbed Mehtab Hossain of possession when he appeared to be in good position to take a shot at goal.
In the second session Sporting Clube continued to attack trying had for the equalizer. The equalizer came in the 79th minute after Rowlin Borges picked up Kalu Orba with a through ball and the Nigerian midfielder finished well from close range beating Subasish Roy Chowdhury. In the second session Sukbinder Singh failed to convert an easy chance from a Cavin Lobo pass with only Ravi Kumar to beat. Sporting Goa Captain Anthony Wolfe was named the Hero man of the match and earned up his trophy and prize money of Rs. 10,000.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Wolfe - SCG. :: TABLE NOW
90+2': BAD LUCK TO KEB, Ranti's shot hits the post and out.
90+1: CHANGE - SCG : Mathew in and Borges out.
90': 3 minutes added time.
87': Long ranger of Baljit went out.
86': The 21st match between the two in NFL/I-League is now 1-1. In last 20 outings Sporting won 4 while East Bengal 9 and drew 7.
84': Corner cleared but Sporting is now attacking more and more.
83': Corner to Sporting from a move of Rowlin. Ball deflected from Subhasish but cleared for corner.
82': CHANGE - KEB : Baljit Saini in and Lobo out.
81': SCORE LINE : Sporting 1-1 East Bengal.
79': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 1-1. Ogba Kalu scored the Equalizer, Arnab failed to stop him.
76': Free kick to KEB but wide shot of Martins.
75': YELLOW CARD TO Sukhwinder of Keb.
74': Kalu's weak header from a left sided cross went to Subhasish.
70': CHANGE - KEB : Rafiq in and Avihash out.
68': Great chance missed to East Bengal, Sukhwinder was unable to touch the ball in open net from a right sided cross of Lobo.
66': 9th corner kick to East Bengal. Avinash kick cleared.
65': CHANGE - KEB : Sukhwinder Singh in and Joaquim out.
61': CHANGE - SCG : Pratesh in and Don Bosco out.
57': East Bengal is leading 1-0.
55': CHANGE - SCG : Beevan in , Joseph out.
54': Yellow Card to Susak.
54': Susak fouled Wolef
53': Right sided attack of East Bengal but Joaquim was offfside.
50': SCORE LINE : Sporting 0-1 East Bengal.
48': 8th corner kick to East Bengal, low kick of Mehtab cleared.
46': 2nd half match starts.
HT : EAST BENGAL IS LEADING 1-0.
45': 2 minute added time.
45': SCORE LINE : Sporting 0-1 East Bengal.
42': Ranti's header from right sided cross of Abranches went wide.
40': Ranti's cross from right for Abranches but cleared from SCG box.
38': Free kick to SCG, Jovel's shot went to Subhasish.
34': Free kick shot cleared by Subhasish well.
34': Foul of Susak to Wolef in out side of KEB box. Free kick to SCG.
32': Miss shot of Mehtab from the corner.
31': Corner to East Bengal from Left sided attac of Soumik from Lobo.
30': In Todays other match, Mohun Bagan beat Mumbai FC 3-1 and Royal Wahindoh beat Shillong Lajong 2-1.
29': Slow pace in the match.
26': Good left sided cross of Bertos towards Abranches but he missed.
25': SCORE LINE : Sporting 0-1 East Bengal.
23': Corner of Bertos cleared.
22': Corner to East Bengal from Abinash- Ranty-Bertos attack.
20': EAST BENGAL IS LEADING 1-0.
19': Rabi collected a left sided cross of Bertos of East Bengal.
18': Good block of Susak to Wolfe in EB box.
17': Corner kick to East Bengal, 2nd corner, Abinash corner cleared.
16': SCORE LINE : Sporting 0-1 East Bengal.
15': Rolwin Borges corner kick cleared by Susak.
15': CHANCE MISSED by SCG but Brilliant save of Subhasish for a corner offf Wolfe's close goal bound shot.
13': Ranti Martins fouled Joynar in SCG box.
12': Ball went for KEB throw in, Deepak's throw in cleared.
12': Danger tackle of Kalu to Lobo as free kick to East Bengal.
11': Attack of Sporting in East Bengal box but Arnab cleared.
10': Foul to Ranty and Free kick of East Bengal.
9': Again attack of East Bengal Lobo to Ranty but too fast for him.
8': SCORE LINE : Sporting 0-1 East Bengal.
7': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Ranti Martins scored from a pass of Kevin Lobo.
5': Yellow card to Sporting Player.
3': Attack of East Bengal, corner to them, Seepak's corner went to Ravi Kumar's hand.
2': Corner to sporting, subhasish collected the corner kick well.
2': Susak to Mehtab but blocked in out side of SCG box.
1': Match starts.
17.01.2015: PREVIEW : East Bengal Club, the runners up of the last edition of the I-League will going to start their campaign against the unpredictable Sporting Clube De Goa, on Sunday evening at Pandit Jawharlal Nehru Stadium at Goa.
Sporting Clube are always being a strong hurdle of East Bengal. East Bengal lost the most important Group match in the Federation Cup after being in a comfortable lead. Armando Colaco reached in his home town leaving Harmonjot Khabra, Dudu Omegbemi, Lalrindika Raltey and Gurwinder Singh at Kolkata. These footballers are nursing their injuries as this may cause a serious concern to East Bengal.
The Red and Gold will have to depend on Ranti Martins, and he is likely to be assist by Baljit Singh or Joaquim Abranshes. Ranti is the leading goal scorer in the Nfl/I League  are in search to regain his form.
In the Pre match media meeting, East Bengal coach Armando Colaco said, "Many players were away playing under different coaches and different styles in the ISL with not much rest and rehabilitation," Armando further stated that he would give a few youngsters a chance in the absence of some experienced players. It is likely that Abhishek Das, Abhinas Ruidas and Sukhwinder Singh will be in the final squad.
Sporting Clube after having a dream win at the Federation Cup are fully prepared to start their campaign in the I-League. Sporting Goa Coach Mathew D'Costa expects this match to be just as exciting as the recent Federation Cup match.
He had a few players who were doubtful with injury. The biggest loss will be Boima Karpeh who has not fully recovered from a knee injury. In fact Ogba Kalu and Anthony Wolfe will be the only two foreigners available for Sunday evening. Head to Head in NFL/I League.
Total Matches - 20
Sporting Clube Won - 4
East Bengal Won - 9
Drawn - 7
Sporting Clube Goals - 22
East Bengal Goals - 29