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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Salgaocar scrape past Velsao

08th November 2018, 03:18 Hrs

THE GOAN I NETWORK

DULER

Salgaocar Football Club managed

to register a hard-fought

2-1 win over Velsao Sports

and Cultural Club in the Goa

Professional League at Duler

Stadium here on Tuesday.

After today’s win, the Green

Brigade have ten points while

a struggling Velsao SCC have

just a point from five matches.

Salgaocar went into the

breather with two goals cushion

with the help of an own

goal by Krishna Pandit and

Devendra Murgaonkar netting

the second goal. Veegan

Ferrao scored from the spot

to reduce the margin for the

newly promoted side Velsao.

It was some brilliant keeping

by U-20 Velsao keeper Preston

Rego that managed to keep

the scoreline respectable.

In the 3rd minute, striker

Ronaldo Oliveira sent a blistering

strike from the top of the

box but Velsao keeper Preston

Rego managed to parry it for

a corner. Later in the match,

Sanson tried to find Ronaldo

inside the penalty box with a

fine low cross, but Velsao custodian

Rego brought off a diving

collection.

Salgaocar surged ahead in

the 18th minute as a corner

by Sanson Pereira saw Velsao

defender Krishna Shirodkar’s

header in his attempt to clear,

enter his own goal.

Velsao had just one good

attempt to net the equaliser

when their striker and skipper

Joseph Pereira danced past a

host of Salgaocar’s defenders

and drilled a fierce shot from

the top of the box which was

was however pushed for safety

by keeper S. Rajini Kumar

with a full-stretched diving

save.

At the other end, Velsao

keeper Rego brought another

smart save to deny U-20 winger

Komarpant from scoring.

In the 42nd minute, Salgaocar

extended their lead. Devendra

Murgaonkar made his

way past Velsao’s last line of

defence and shot from the top

of the box into the back of the

nylons. On crossing over, Salgaocar

time and again attacked

the rival citadel but failed to

further increase the lead.

In the 63rd minute, Samuel

Costa found Ronaldo inside

the penalty box but the latter

failed keep his strike on target

with just Velsao keeper

Rego at his mercy. In the last

quarter of the match, both

the teams were awarded a

penlaty each.

Velsao defender Krishna

was caught in the act of bringing

down Devendra inside

the danger zone, prompting

the referee to point to the

penalty spot, but Sanson’s

kick from the spot, was brilliantly

paired away by Velsao

keeper Rego.

At the other end Velsao

were awarded a penalty when

Myron’s shot from the top of

the box was handled by Devendra

in the box and Veegan

made no mistake in scoring to

make it 1-2.