Salgaocar lifts Goa Football Association (GFA) Champions Trophy

Salgaocar Football Club defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 7-6 in the penalties to lift the Goa Football Association (GFA) Champions Trophy at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa, Goa, on Sunday. The scoreline was 1-1 at regular time.

Souvik Das and Cajetan Fernandes scored each for Salgaocar and Sporting in 90minutes. Sporting was reduced to 10 men after Joseph Clemente was sent off with 45 minutes in the game. Also, Salgaocar were unable to convert the penalty.

Liston Colaco made a raid in the opposition half and it was his shot which was handled inside the box by Clemente. Thus, penalty, scored by Souvik Das who recently completed his move from Sporting to their edge rivals.

With poor tackle from Balwinder Singh, Ganesh Thakur earned a penalty for Sporting in the 44th minute. Cajetan Fernandes converted from the 12 yard, making the scoreline 1-1.

Clemente was sent off for his foul on Aslon Oliveira which gave Salgaocar a penalty chance to lead. However, Das shoot was saved by Sporting goalkeeper Ravi Kumar.

Failing to take advantage over Sporting down to 10 men. Mackroy Peixote, also a former Sporting Clube de Goa player, had the best chance to seal victory but the cross bar played a villian when his clean half volley went off the cross bar.

The match progressed into penalty shoot-out where Salgaocar FC  on verge with Sporting 7-6 after Sporting’s Joseph Pereira failed to convert.

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