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20.08.2017: AWES PRESS RELEASE : The Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportpersons (AWES) will organise their first ever AWES Cup football tournament, starting September 1 at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa.

Twelve teams, including four from outside the state, will compete for top honours in the tournament which is backed by the Goa Football Association (GFA) as the official curtain raiser for the season ahead.

Top teams from Goa like Goa Pro League champions Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Dempo Sports Club, FC Bardez, FC Goa (developmental squad), Vasco Sports Club, Calangute Association and Dempo Juniors have confirmed their participation, while outstation teams like Gokulam FC (Kerala), Viva Chennai (Tamil Nadu), ONGC (Maharashtra) and FC Pune City (developmental squad) will also travel to Goa and take on the best teams from here.

Group A: Dempo SC, ONGC (Mumbai), Calangute Association
Group B: Salgaocar FC, Viva FC (Chennai), FC Goa (Development Squad)
Group C: FC Bardez, FC Pune City (Development Squad), Dempo SC (Jrs)
Group D: Sporting Clube de Goa, Gokulam FC (Kerala), Vasco SC

The final is scheduled to be held on September 17.

“AWES is a recently-formed organisation that took shape with the sole aim of providing our former greats with a life of dignity particularly in their twilight years. They have done the state proud and it is our responsibility to ensure their wellbeing,” said AWES president Avertano Furtado.

AWES has several sporting greats as members with Brahmanand Shankhwalkar, Armando Colaco, Derrick Pereira, Savio Medeira, Lector Mascarenhas, Francis D’Souza, Yolanda de Sousa, Juliana Gurjao e Colaco, Mauricio Afonso, Samir Naik, Lenny D’Gama and Girish Lotlikar as some of the members.

“Since formation early this year, AWES organised a get-together of great footballers in May and we were encouraged with the overwhelming response. Our next aim is to raise funds for our organisation so that we have money and resources to look after them when they require,” said AWES vice-president Vinod Parkkot.

The GFA has been supportive of this initiative and has promised all possible help to make the tournament a success. “We are more than happy to support initiatives like this. Former players who have done the state and country proud cannot be forgotten after they have retired. The GFA wishes AWES all success,” said GFA secretary Welvin Menezes.

The tournament’s associate sponsors include Dempo SC, Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, FC Goa and HDFC Bank Limited.


23.08.2017 : Dempo Sports Club have been drawn to meet local favourites Calangute Association in the opening match of the AWES Cup, a season-opening all-India football tournament, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on September 1. All matches will kick off at 4pm and the final will be held on September 17.

Group A: Dempo SC, ONGC (Mumbai), Calangute Association
Group B: Salgaocar FC, Viva FC (Chennai), FC Goa (Development Squad)
Group C: FC Bardez, FC Pune City (Development Squad), Dempo SC (Jrs)
Group D: Sporting Clube de Goa, Gokulam FC (Kerala), Vasco SC

SEPT  1:  Dempo SC (VS) Calangute Asso.
SEPT  2:  Salgaocar (VS) FC Goa
SEPT  3:  FC Bardez (VS) Dempo Juniors
SEPT  4:  Sporting Clube (VS) Vasco SC
SEPT  5:  ONGC (VS) Calangute Association
SEPT  6:  FC Goa (VS) Viva Chennai
SEPT  7:  Dempo Juniors (VS) FC Pune City
SEPT  8:  Vasco SC vs Gokulam FC
SEPT  9:  ONGC (VS)  Dempo SC
SEPT  10: Viva Chennai (VS) Salgaocar FC
SEPT  11: FC Pune City (VS) FC Bardez
SEPT  12: Gokulam FC (VS) Sporting Clube
SEPT  13: Rest Day
SEPT  14: Semifinal (W Gr-A (VS) C)
SEPT  15: Semifinal (W Gr-B (VS) D)
SEPT  16: Rest Day
SEPT  17: Final
All matches at Duler Stadium Mapusa at 4 pm.


17.09.2017: Gokulam FC 1-1, 2-5 (pen) Dempo Sports Club
GFC :Adelaja 31'
DEM: Ugochukwu Godswill (og)
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AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Dempo Sports Club won the inaugural edition of AWES Cup after edging out Gokulam FC (Kerala) 5-2 via the tiebreaker in the final at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Sunday.

The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time.

Nigerian striker Adelaja Somide provided Gokulam with a 31st minute lead but Dempo clawed their way back and forced the match into tie-breaker, helped by an own goal by Gokulam defender Ugochukwu Godswill.

In the tiebreaker, Dempo converted all their tries through Beevan D’Mello, Naveen Mendes, Nickson Castanha and Joaquim Abranches. Gokulam scored their opening penalty kick through Ashik Usman but Arjun Jayaraj’s attempt was saved by Dempo goalkeeper Agnelo Gomes while Shinu S shot wide.

Dempo were richer by Rs 2 lakh while Gokulam had to settle for Rs 1 lakh.

The final battle between Dempo and Gokulam was an end-to-end affair with both teams eager to win their first silverware of the season. Gokulam got a good start when they surged ahead in the 31st minute through Adelaja. The Nigerian striker collected a pass from Usman and then brilliantly flicked the ball over a stranded Dempo goalkeeper, even as two defenders failed to close him down.

Gokulam suffered a setback when Adelaja, highest scorer of the tournament with six goals, had to be stretchered out after a tackle from Dempo’s Nickson Castanha. Adelaja’s replacement could never measure up to the challenge.

In the second session, Dempo were a transformed side and exerted tremendous pressure on their rivals. The former national champions finally succeeded in securing the equaliser when a cross from the right was turned into his own goal by Godswill, under pressure from Yogesh Kadam.

There were still 18 minutes left on the clock and both teams went close. Beevan D’Mello’s header struck the post and sailed wide while Gokulam were unlucky as Irshad TV saw his attempt hit the goalpost after a swift counter attack.

Sports minister Manohar Babu Azgaonkar was the chief guest and gave away the winners trophy. Also present were Goa’s former football greats Candido Abreu, Alisab Sadekar, Socorro Coutinho and Felix Barreto.

The tournament was organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in association with Dempo Sports Club Juniors and Goa Football Association.


15.09.2017: Gokulam FC 1-0 Salgaocar SC
GFC :Adelaja 86'
AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Gokulam edge past Salgaocar to enter AWES Cup final.
AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Gokulam FC struck late once again to defeat Salgaocar FC (1-0) and enter the final of the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Friday.

Gokulam had scored a last-minute goal in their last league clash against Sporting Clube de Goa to hold them 2-2 and qualify for the semi-finals. In the semis, when it seemed like the contest would have to be decided by the tie-breaker, Gokulam struck in the 86th minute through their Nigerian striker Adelaja Somide.

The visitors from Kerala will now meet Dempo Sports Club in the final on Sunday at 3.45pm. Play in the first session was restricted to the midfield with both goalkeepers hardly tested. The teams adopted a cautious approach and didn’t want to take a risk in such a crucial clash.

After close to half an hour, Salgaocar created the first chance as Gilbert Oliveira found Harmanjot Singh unmarked inside the box but Harmanjot’s attempt was stopped by Gokulam goalkeeper Hemanta Gosh. In the second session, Gokulam were the better side and went close in the 51st minute when Adelaja’s power-packed right footer missed the target by a whisker.

Salgaocar, too, had their chances and should have been sitting pretty. The Goa Pro League champions however could not give finishing touches to some promising moves as Harmanjot, Brian Mascarenhas and Mackroy Peixoto all lacked composure in front of goal.

Gokulam tasted blood in the closing stages of the match through Adelaja. The Nigerian striker had scored in each of his team’s two previous matches and struck again in the semi-final. In the 86th minute, Salgaocar’s defence fumbled and allowed Adelaja an easy passage towards goal. The Nigerian grabbed the opportunity with both hands as he coolly lobbed the ball into the unguarded goal.


Dempo SC reach in the Finalof 1st AWES Cup Goa.
14.09.2017: DEMPO FC 1-0 FC Pune City
DSC : Nestor Dias 4'
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AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Dempo Sports Club registered a solitary goal victory over FC Pune City to move into the final of the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Thursday.

Young midfielder Nestor Dias scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute and Dempo then shut out Pune City’s developmental squad to move into the final. They will now meet the winners of the second semifinal between Salgaocar FC and Gokulam FC, Kerala, for the final showdown on Sunday.

Much was expected from FC Pune City who impressed in the league stages of the tournament. But the visitors hardly impressed in the knock-out clash and seemed to miss their captain Ashique Kurniyan who was sent off in the last minute of their previous clash.

Interestingly, Dempo registered their third victory on the trot with a similar margin. This time around though, Dempo scored an early goal and then never looked troubled.

Captain Nickson Castanha was the one who initiated the move that led to a corner-kick early in the game. Velito Cruz took the corner and Beevan D’Mello did well to flick the ball over the defence where Nestor was on hand to brilliantly volley home.

The goal took FC Pune City by surprise and they tried to fight their way back. Gani Nigam had a wonderful opportunity when he found space to head a good cross from Buanthanglun Samte but the striker headed wide from inside the danger zone.

Dempo too had their chances but could not keep their attempts on target. In the second session, FC Pune City tried to bring in fresher players and reworked their strategy but the Dempo defence marshalled by Shallum Pires and veteran Mathew Gonsalves stood firm. Dempo also did well to throttle the Pune midfield, making it difficult for their midfielders to provide the ammunition for Nigam to fire.

With Pune pushing more men forward in the second session in the search for an equaliser, there were clear opportunities for Dempo. The home side should have inflated their lead but Beevan, Kapil Hoble and Yogesh Kadam all went close


12.09.2017: Gokulam FC 2-2 Sporting Clube de Goa
GFC : Adelaja Somide, Bijesh TB.
SCG : George D’Souza, Marcus Mascarenhas
Gokulam hold Sporting 2-2, enter semis.
AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Gokulam FC scored a last-minute equaliser against Sporting Clube de Goa to complete the semi-final line-up in the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Tuesday.

The Kerala side were trailing 1-2 with just minutes on the clock and looked like a safe bet to go through to the semi-finals with six points from two matches. Substitute Shihad N then turned home a ball in the dying minute and Gokulam celebrated their ‘triumph’ as the match ended 2-2.

Sporting Clube needed a win to qualify for the semi-finals from the group, while Gokulam needed only a point, thanks to their better goal average resulting from a 5-0 drubbing of Vasco Sports Club. Sporting Clube had managed a 5-1 win in their opening match against Vasco.

Gokulam FC will now meet Salgaocar FC in the second semi-final on Thursday. Gokulam took the lead in the seventh minute itself through Nigerian striker Adelaja Somide. The Nigerian striker had scored a hat-trick in the opener and was on target again as he capitalised on a defensive lapse to drill home the opener in the seventh minute.

Sporting Clube regrouped and took control of the match and it was only a matter of time before they equalised. The equaliser came in the 19th minute when Cajetan Fernandes floated a long ball to Victorino Fernandes. The Sporting captain controlled the ball and laid the ball for George D’Souza who finished it off with a powerful in-stepper that gave no chance to the rival goalkeeper.

The teams were tied 1-1 at half-time.

In the second session, Sporting Clube took an unexpected lead, capitalising on a blunder from the Gokulam defence as goalkeeper Ajmal PA clashed with defender Ugochukwu Godswill, allowing substitute Marcus Mascarenhas a chance to slot the ball home.

It looked like the goal would be enough for Sporting Clube to qualify for the semifinals but Gokulam persisted and finally scored the equalising goal in the 90th minute. From a ball that was lobbed inside the danger zone, Sporting failed to clear quickly and Bijesh TB’s attempt was deflected off Shihad into the goal from close range.


11.09.2017: FC Pune City 1-0 FC Bardez
FCP : Gani Nigam

FC Pune City edge past FC Bardez, qualify for semis
AWES MEDIA RELEASE : FC Pune City huffed and puffed their way to a 1-0 victory over FC Bardez to confirm their place in the semi-finals of the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Monday.

Gani Nigam’s 20th minute header was the essential difference between the two teams. The 90-minute clash saw some end-to-end action, and even though FC Bardez’s journey ended on Monday, coach Armando Colaco should be encouraged with the team performance.
FC Bardez needed a win to qualify for the semi-finals due to their inferior goal difference. They had won their opening round clash 3-0 while Pune City defeated Dempo Juniors 5-0. Bardez started positively and had only themselves to blame for not surging ahead.Early in the game, a shot from Floyd Fernandes hit the post and sailed wide after being provided a good pass by Caitano Viegas.

Jessel Carneiro then created panic in the FC Pune City danger zone with a left-footed curling free-kick and Shubham Dessai was a bit slow to react to the opportunity.Another cross from Shubham from the right saw Jessel with a wonderful opportunity but the Bardez captain couldn’t keep his header on target.

FC Pune City celebrated their escape with a goal of their own, one that stifled Bardez. In the 22nd minute, Nigam made a daunting run and jumped highest between Lalbabu Mahto and Krishnanath Shirodkar to head in a pin point cross by Ashique Kurniyan.

FC Pune City had a chance to increase their lead towards the closing stages of the first half but goalkeeper Aliston Fernandes did well to keep away an attempt from Rahul Yadav from handshaking distance.

Nigam was dangerous in the second session as well and should have scored his second goal. He found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his attempt from close range missed the target by a whisker. Just like Nigam, who was sent off for a second bookable offence in the dying minutes of the match, Pawan Kumar was also unlucky as his header from a corner-kick hit the post and sailed out of play.


10.09.2017: SALGAOCAR Sports Club 3-0 Viva Chennai FC
SAL : Romaric Nguefang, Netto Benny, Agnelo Colaco

Salgaocar qualify for semi-finals
AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Salgaocar FC registered a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Viva Chennai FC to qualify for the semi-finals of the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Sunday.

Salgaocar needed only a draw to qualify for the knock-out stage of the competition but the Goa Pro League champions did even better, completing a fluent victory. Agnelo Colaco scored a brace of goals while Gilbert Oliveira was also among the goals for the winners.

Salgaocar led 2-0 at the breather.

Much was expected from Viva Chennai FC but they disappointed. After losing 1-2 against FC Goa, Chennai needed to win by a clear two-goal margin against Salgaocar but failed to measure up to the challenge. Romaric Nguefang and Netto Benny combined well upfront for the visitors but lacked finishing. That gave Salgaocar enough space to work out their moves and the local league champions didn’t spare anyone.

It did not take long for Salgaocar to surge ahead. It happened as early as the eighth minute when Gilbert got hold of a square pass from Umesh Harijan and latched a right footer from outside the penalty box which beat the rival goalkeeper all ends up.

Chennai regrouped and attacked. After much probing, Anoop V.C sent a pass to well positioned Netto whose fierce drive was brilliantly parried away for a corner by Salgaocar goalkeeper Abhijit Das. Salgaocar then scored their insurance goal through Agnelo Colaco, whose 30-yarder drew applause from the Sunday gathering and left the rival goalkeeper rooted to the ground.

In the second session, Viva Chennai pinned Salgaocar in their own den for the initial period and created several moves, none of which paid dividends. But while Chennai did all the attacking, it were Salgaoacar who ended up scoring another goal, their third of the match. It was Agnelo again who did the damage as he caught the rival keeper napping with a curling left footer. Salgaocar now await the winners of the concluding league clash between Sporting Clube de Goa and Gokulam FC in the second semi-final on Friday.


09.09.2017: Dempo Sports Club 1-0 ONGC, Mumbai
DSC : Beevan D’Mello

Dempo seal semi-final berth
AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Dempo Sports Club became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals after putting it across ONGC, Mumbai, 1-0 in the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Saturday.

Beevan D’Mello scored the only goal of the match in the 18th minute as Dempo topped Group A with an all-win record while ONGC finished at the bottom of the pool. Calangute Association, who had an outside chance of qualification, finished second.

Dempo will now meet the winners of FC Pune City and FC Bardez in the first semi-final on Thursday. The Panaji-based side stamped their superiority right from the start and took the lead in the 18th minute after Beevan D’Mello received a through ball from Latesh Mandrekar and cleverly chipped it over the onrushing goalkeeper Soumya Das.

The early goal was enough to give Dempo the much needed confidence and they looked to increase their tally. Striker Beevan had another opportunity immediately but his volley was saved by the goalkeeper. ONGC needed to win this game by at least a two-goal margin to qualify for the semi-finals but they struggled all through. The Dempo defence hardly allowed the ONGC strikers any space to operate.

In the second session, ONGC tried to change their fortunes with a couple of substitutions but the story remained the same. The visitors, though, came close on some occasions particularly in the 69th minute when Dhiraj Meher sent in a perfect cross but Prathamesh Kasare’s header lacked power to beat the rival goalkeeper. Another attempt on goal, this time a long ranger from Nitesh Monde, was parried away to safety.

Dempo too had their chances to put the result beyond any doubt but their strikers lacked composure when in front of the goal. Beevan, Mario Mascarenhas and Yogesh Kadam all had their chances. Towards the closing stages of the match, ONGC could have saved themselves the embarrassment and rescued at least a point but Harpreet Singh failed to measure up to the challenge.


08.09.2017: Gokulam FC,Kerala 5-0 Vasco Sports Club
GFC : Somide Adelaja-3, Arjun Jayaraj, Usman Ashique

AWES MEDIA RELEASE : The star man for Gokulam was Nigerian striker Somide Adelaja who scored a hat-trick. The former Mohammedan SC and East Bengal striker struck twice in the first half and completed his hat-trick after the change of ends.

Gokulam FC, Kerala, kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals with a convincing 5-0 demolition of Vasco Sports Club in the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Friday.

The comfortable victory takes Gokulam on top of Group D and they will now need only a draw against Sporting Clube de Goa in the concluding league clash on Tuesday to qualify as group toppers. Sporting Clube had earlier won 5-1 against Vasco, leaving them with a must-win game against the visitors from Kerala.

Gokulam led 2-0 at half-time.

Adelaja did not have the best of starts as he missed a sitter in the opening minutes but made amends for his miss in the 19th minute when he opened his account. The Nigerian finished with a good volley after meeting a cross from Ashique Usman.

Adelaja was constantly involved in the build-ups and provided scoring opportunities for his teammates. But the likes of Shihad Nelliparamban and Arif Shaikh lacked sharpness in front of goal.

Gokulam scored their second goal in the 42nd minute with Ashique tapping in a low cross from Adelaja. Vasco were playing second fiddle for most part of the match and had only one good look at goal when Benestton Barreto went close. In the second session, Adelaja overpowered defender Minesh Kunkolkar and finished neatly to secure his brace in the 60th minute.

Substitute Arjun Jayaraj made it 4-0 from close range and could have added another to his kitty but the goalkeeper came up with a brilliant save. Gokulam, however, could not be denied again as Adelaja completed his hat-trick after heading in a corner from Dibin MD.

The goal could prove to be crucial in the end as it gives Gokulam a better goal-difference ahead of the deciding clash against Sporting Clube on Tuesday.


07.09.2017: FC Pune City 4-0 Dempo Sports Club
FCP : Sajid Hossain, Buanthanglun Samte, Gani Nigam, Omega Vanlalhruaitluanga

AWES MEDIA RELEASE : FC Pune City trounce Dempo Juniors. FC Pune City dominated from start to finish as they trounced Dempo Sports Club Juniors 4-0 and put themselves in pole position in a Group C clash of the 1st AWES Cup, organised by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sports Persons and Dempo SC Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Thursday.

FC Pune City led 3-0 at half-time with goals from Sajid Hossain, Buanthanglun Samte and Gani Nigam. Substitute Omega Vanlalhruaitluanga completed the rout in the second session to ensure that the visitors made the best possible start to their campaign.

The three points and big victory puts FC Pune City on top of the group table and they will now need only a draw against FC Bardez on September 11 to qualify as the top team for the semifinals. FC Bardez will need a victory while Dempo Juniors have already exited the tournament with two losses in a row.

FC Pune City, who have fielded their developmental squad for this tournament, were dominant all through. After a couple of near misses where Rahul Yadav, Ashique Kurunian and Buanthanglun all went close in the opening 15 minutes, Pune took the lead in the 19th minute through Sajid Hossain whose half-volley after meeting a cross from Ashique sailed into the nets.

Pune increased their lead just after the half an hour mark as Buanthanglun’s attempted cross turned into a goal and Gani Nigam made it 3-0 before the change of ends after he gave finishing touches to a pass from Ashique.

With the match in their pocket, Pune took it easy in the second session but they still had time to score their fourth goal which crucially gives them a huge advantage going into the deciding round clash against FC Bardez. Pune’s fourth goal came in the 79th minute when substitute Omega Vanlalhruaitluanga made his presence felt almost immediately as he curled in a beauty from the left.

Earlier in the tournament, FC Bardez had defeated Dempo Sports Club Juniors 3-0. Pune’s 4-0 win puts them on top of the group and gives them an advantage going into the last round clash where they now need only a draw to qualify.


06.09.2017: FC Goa 2-1 Viva Chennai
FCG : Liston Colaco, Hayden Fernandes
VCN : Anoop VC

AWES MEDIA RELEASE : FC Goa kept their hopes alive with an encouraging 2-1 victory over Viva Chennai FC in the 1st AWES Cup at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Wednesday.

Liston Colaco gave FC Goa the lead in the 29th minute but Anoop VC’s 41st minute goal ensured the match was tied when the teams walked out for the half-time break. Both teams pressed for the match winner in the second session and FC Goa trooped out winners, thanks to a terrific long ranger from Hayden Fernandes.

The win gives FC Goa three points and takes them to the top of the table, although Viva Chennai FC and Salgaocar SC both have a match in hand. All three teams can qualify for the semi-finals as the toppers with Salgaocar needing only a draw and Viva Chennai needing to win by a clear two-goal margin.

FC Goa had lost their opening round clash against Salgaocar FC and seemed determined to make amends against the visitors from Chennai on Wednesday. They started well with Liston drawing a good save from the goalkeeper with a curling free-kick and soon enough drew first blood through the promising striker.

A long ball from his own half by Jason Barboza saw Liston control the pass amicably, beat his marker and then slide the ball past a diving goalkeeper Sherin Stephen in the 29th minute.

Viva Chennai drew level through Anoop in the 41st minute after he picked up a pass from his Nigerian teammate Andrew Ogwuche and finished from an acute angle.

In the second session, both teams seemed determined to grab three points which would have enhanced their chances of qualification. They came close on several occasions with Liston the main man for FC Goa and Nigerian striker Andrew Ogwuche trying to deliver for the visitors.

In the end, it were FC Goa who got the match winner through a stunning strike from Hayden. The former Dempo midfielder found some space from almost 30 yards out and unleashed a powerful shot that sailed into the net in the 70th minute.


05.09.2017: Calangute Association 2-1 ONGC-Mumbai
CAL :Myron Fernandes, Mayur Shelar
ONGC : Prathamesh Kasre

AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Calangute Association threw Group A of the 1st AWES Cup wide open after registering a hard-fought 2-1 victory over ONGC, Mumbai in their concluding league clash at the Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Tuesday.

Calangute had lost the opening clash against Dempo Sports Club by a solitary goal and faced a must-win game against the visitors from Mumbai. Myron Fernandes gave Calangute a surprise lead at the stroke of half time, and even though ONGC equalised through substitute Prathamesh Kasre in the 57th minute, Mayur Shelar’s opportunistic strike in the 82nd minute keeps them alive in the tournament.

All three teams can qualify for the semifinals from group A. Only one team qualifies from the group and Dempo should be favourites since they now need only a draw. ONGC will need to win by a two-goal margin against Dempo to qualify while Calangute will hope ONGC can upset Dempo with a narrow solitary goal victory.

ONGC will be disappointed that they did not pick anything from this game despite looking the better team for some parts, particularly in the first session when they had chances but did not capitalise. Arjun Nayak and Himanshu Patil were both impressive for the visitors in the opening half and should have given their team the lead.

At the other end, Myron was the biggest threat and true to form scored the opening goal at the stroke of half time. Myron had missed a good chance midway into the game when he mistimed his shot from inside the box. But when another opportunity came his way with Omkar More delivering an inch-perfect cross inside the goalmouth, Myron was on hand to tap the ball inside the goal.

ONGC were determined to wipe off the deficit in the second session and they tasted success in the 57th minute. A free-kick from just outside the box saw F Lalmuanpuia’s attempt creating confusion inside the danger zone. Calangute failed to clear the danger and Prathamesh made no mistake from handshaking distance.

Both teams then put on a scintillating display with end-to-end football keeping the spectators on their toes but Calangute eventually had the last laugh. In the 82nd minute, a shot from just outside the box by Joston Perreira hit the goalpost and rebounded back where Mayur was alert to turn it past the goalkeeper.

All three teams will now have to wait for the result of the concluding group A clash between Dempo and ONGC on Saturday to know if they make it to the last-four stage of the competition.

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04.09.2017: SPORTING GOA 5-1 VASCO SC
SCG : Victorino Fernandes-3, Marcus Mascarenhas and George D’Souza
VAS :Beneston Barreto

AWES MEDIA RELEASE : Sporting Clube de Goa did their favourites reputation no harm as they demolished Vasco Sports Club 5-1 in their opening group D clash of the 1st AWES Cup 2017 at Duler stadium, Mapusa, on Monday.

Sporting Clube led 1-0 at half time with a goal from captain Victorino Fernandes. Sporting Clube had their star striker to thank for the big victory as Victorino scored a hat-trick while other goals were scored by Marcus Mascarenhas and George D’Souza.

Vasco SC briefly tied the match when Beneston Barreto scored a gem of a goal from a superb build-up in the 53rd minute. The goal kept the match alive and Vasco supporters in the stands went into raptures. But Vasco could not eventually match their superior rivals and caved in to sustained pressure from Sporting Clube.

Even though Vasco tried to match their rivals, it was clear that Sporting Clube was the better of the lot as their fluent passing was a treat for the eye. Victorino started the damage in the 27th minute as he tapped the ball into the goal after Ganesh Thakur had done well to cross the ball inside the danger zone.

Vasco could have immediately restored parity but a cross from the right flank by Anil Gaonkar hit the top of the crossbar and sailed agonisingly wide. In the second session, Sporting Clube continued to dominate with George D’Souza’s free-kick being kept away by goalkeeper Suresh Lamani.

Vasco got a whiff of goal almost immediately as substitute Steven Colaco sent a defence splitting pass to Franky Oliveira whose strike from a one-on-one situation was brilliantly blocked by Sporting goalkeeper Ozen Silva.

Vasco, though, had better luck in the 53rd minute as Beneston Barreto equalised with a peach of a goal. It was Franky Oliveira who did all the hard work as he cut past a Sporting defender and then relayed the ball for Beneston who finished brilliantly from close range.

Despite conceding the equaliser, Sporting Clube kept their shape and were rewarded for their dominance. In the 70th minute, Victorino collected a defence-splitting pass from Avhristo Fernandes, darted inside the penalty box and finished with a firm grounder.

Vitorino completed his hat-trick with a superb solo effort in the 80th minute and Marcus Mascarenhas made it 4-1 with eight minutes left on the clock. Just when it seemed it would end that way, George D’Souza capped a fine evening for Sporting Clube with a blazing free-kick to give his team a 5-1 victory.

03.09.2017: FC BERDEZ 3-0 JR. DEMPO FC
FCB : Micky Vaz 26', Kirtikesh Gadekar 47', Lenstan Afonso 85'

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02.09.2017: FC GOA 0-1 SALGAOCAR FC
SAL : Brian Mascarenhas

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31.08.2017: AWES PRESS RELEASE : After a monsoon break, football returns to the land of sun, sea and sand, as the season opening 1st AWES Cup kick starts today with local favourites Calangute Association locking horns with the mighty Dempo Sports Club at the Duler stadium in Mapusa.

A major restructuring in the Goa Football Association’s football calendar will see a longer Goa Professional League comprising of twelve teams and a longer season, stretching over six months, that will kick off with the 1st AWES Cup. In the past season opening tournaments have attracted a huge crowd at the Duler stadium in Mapusa. Calangute have a new coach this season handing over the reins of the first team to former Sporting Clube de Goa coach Alex Alvares. “We are in a tough group and Dempo are always a strong side. We have a team of exciting young players who will aim to play an attacking game of football and entertain the crowd. This tournament will help us gauge our strengths and weaknesses before the Goa Professional League” said Alex ahead of the opening match.

Calangute have strengthened their team from last season by capturing a number of exciting young players. Local lad Myron Fernandes, will be looking to make an impression against his former club after a long injury lay off that saw him miss two full seasons. Their defence would see another former Dempo defender Amar Halarnkar partnering with Mayur K, signed from Pune. Bersal Viegas, formerly with Salgaocar juniors and Don Bosco Fernandes, formerly with Sporting Clube de Goa will most likely start on the wings.

Calangute Association, banking on their huge local support will aim to upset Dempo Sports Club. Last season, in the Goa Professional League, honours were shared between both the clubs who won one game each.

Samir Naik will make his debut for Dempo Sports Club in the dugout as a coach after playing for the club for 18 long years. The full back who has just answered his A License exam has a youthful squad at his disposal. From amongst last season’s players, Dempo has retained the services of Joaquim Abranches, Beevan D’Mello, Nickson Castanha, Tyson Caiado and Mario Mascarenhas while exciting youngsters like Latesh Mandrekar, Jaison Vaz and Yogesh Kadam have been signed. Nestor Dias and Desmon Pereira have been promoted from the junior teams. “We have a team with a mixture of experienced players and some exciting young players who will look to prove a point. This tournament gives them a platform to play against some quality outstation teams.

I am sure they will give their best” said Samir ahead of his first ever match in charge of Dempo Sports Club. “ This is my first ever game in charge of a senior team. I have learnt a lot from all my previous coaches whom I have played and worked under. In modern day football, coaching is a tough job, but I am looking forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with this young Dempo side and I am hopeful we will stay true to the Dempo style of attacking possession football” said the 37 year old former India international.

Meanwhile AWES has announced the entry for all matches would be free. All matches would kick-off at 4 pm. The group matches will be played everyday till the 12th of September followed by the semi-finals and final.

Goa’s 1977 heroes come together to celebrate historic triumph

Goa’s 1977 heroes come together to celebrate historic triumph

AWES Press Release - 06.11.2017: Goa’s historic triumph in the Women’s National Football Championship in 1977 was relived on the same day 40 years later as the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) and Agassaim Youth Club felicitated the heroes at the St Lawrence Church hall, Agassaim, on Monday.

Nineteen players came together on Monday, some of them meeting each other after ages, and talked for hours about Goa’s historic victory over Bengal at the Gymkhana ground 3-0. It was Goa’s first National triumph and laid the foundation for Goa to dominate Indian football for many years to come.

On Monday, successive speakers praised the women’s team for their efforts 40 years ago and leading the praise was town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai who was the chief guest for the evening. “It is our duty to celebrate such triumphs. Such triumphs are rare and for me these players are our real heroes,” said Sardesai. Vice-captain of the historic women’s team, Soccorinha Pereira, said it was “awesome” to meet the team after four decades.

“We worked hard for our triumph. We played our hearts out. On this special day, we do miss our coach (Joao de Mello) and captain Rekha (Karapurkar) who are no more with us. We must thank AWES for remembering us. This is such an awesome feeling,” said Soccorinha. Indeed, Joao de Mello and Rekha were missed the most. Late Rekha was represented by her son Gautam, while Joao’s widow Fatima was present to collect the memento on her late husband’s behalf.

Present in person were 19 players who were part of the historic 23-member squad. These players included Rajani Simepurushkar, who travelled from Bahrain specifically for the felicitation function. Others present included Soccorinha Pereira, Yolanda de Sousa, Juliana Gurjao, Esperanca Almeida, Perpetua Fernandes (Sr), Arabela Coutinho, Sylvia D’Souza, Filomena Fernandes, Anita Fernandes, Petolina Pereira, Emma Fernandes, Ritinha Pereira, Susan D’Souza, Fatima Rodrigues, Perpetua Fernandes (Jr), Filomena D’Souza, Agnes Gomes and Elma D’Cunha.

The only players missing were Helen Fernandes, Clementina Fernandes and Caetana Barbosa, all of whom are currently abroad. TCP minister Vijai Sardesai was the chief guest while others present on the dais were former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane, Agassaim MLA Francis Silveira, Goa Football Association president Elvis Gomes, former president of the Goa Women’s Football Association Vijayadevi Rane, Agassaim sarpanch Xavier Gracias and parish priest Fr Mario Leitao.

AWES president Avertano Furtado welcomed while Agasssaim Youth Club secretary and AWES treasurer Armando Colaco proposed the vote of thanks.


GOA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT : AWES to honour Goa’s 1977 Women’s football team

AWES Press Release - 24.10.2017: The Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES) in collaboration with Agassaim Youth Club will felicitate Goa’s Women’s football team which won the Women’s National Football Championship for the first time in 1977.

The felicitation will be held on November 6, 2017, exactly 40 years after the team triumphed by defeating Bengal 3-0 at the Panjim Gymkhana ground. The function will be held at the St Lawrence Church hall, Agassaim, 7pm.

All members of the women’s team who are currently in Goa and those instrumental in establishing and promoting women's football in Goa are being invited. Players/officials who are abroad will be represented by their family members.

“Goa’s triumph at the Women’s Nationals held at home is not just memorable but historic. These players were our heroes and will continue to remain in our minds forever,” said AWES president Avertano Furtado.

AWES, led by the former fisheries minister, has been championing the cause of elder sportspersons and recently organised a successful fund-raising All-India football tournament at the Duler Football Stadium in Mapusa.