Thursday, May 28, 2015

Salgaocar FC oust Dempo SC to win GFA U-18 title

Salgaocar FC beat Dempo SC to win GFA U-18 title
Salgaocar FC are the GFA U-18 champions
Salgaocar FC’s juniors are doing the club’s and their own reputations no harm whatsoever, this after they clinched the GFA U-18 title with a 3-1 win over Dempo SC played at Duler Football Stadium with a game to spare. What makes the triumph even more impressive is the fact that one of the participating teams in the league was the AIFF Elite Academy U-18 team, essentially the national U-18 team. The trophy is the third annexed by the juniors, this after the U-19s had earlier won the GFA Third Division title and the U-14s were crowned GFA U-14 1st Division league Champions.

Dempo took the lead in the 35th. minute when a free-kick from just outside the box saw the Dempo striker attack the ball and head firmly past an advancing Jeet Gupta in the Salgaocar goal. The goal seemed to spur the Salgaocar lads and the Greens were level in the 41st minute when, Clyde Fernandes played the ball for Lalit Teriyal on the left who made a strong run to the by line and pulled back for Liston Colaco who let fly. The Dempo custodian was unable to collect the effort cleanly and off the rebound Denil Rebello was at hand to make it 1 - 1.

Upon resumption, Salgaocar’s juniors took complete charge of proceedings and mesmerised their opponents with quick short passes. Teenage sensation Liston Colaco who has already made quite a name for himself already, took off on one of his mazy runs. After beating several defenders, and with only the keeper at his mercy, he was clumsily brought down from behind. The referee did however play a clever advantage as the ball rolled to Rufflan Fernandes who tapped in from close to give his side the lead for the first through the course of the evening. Salgaocar were unlucky not to further increase the lead as the upright denied Arif Pathan and Liston in the 48th and 55th minute respectively. The Greens however sealed the match and the title in the 65th minute when Lalit got at the end of a Denil Rebello cross and his chip from a tight angle found an unmarked Rufflan in front of an empty net for the latter to score probably the easiest brace of his playing career thus far.

The Greens will be felicitated and handed the trophy when they play the same opponents in the return leg on the 28th in the final game of the season at Cansaulim ground.

Salgaocar FC win GFA U-20 Taca Goa title

Salgaocar youngsters beat Dempo SC to win GFA U-20 Taca Goa
Salgaocar FC defeated Dempo 4-2 to win the GFA U-20 Taca Goa title
A fine hat-trick by striker Naro Hari Shrestha saw Salgaocar FC trounce Dempo SC 4-2 to clinch the GFA U-20 Taca Goa title. The winners led 2-0 at the breather. The win also ensured the Greens remained unbeaten through the campaign and finished on 16 points from a possible 18, with 5 consecutive wins after a draw on the opening day.

Salgaocar FC beat Dempo SC 4-2 to clinch Taca Goa Title
Salgaocar FC defeated Dempo SC to win
GFA U-20 Taca Goa title
Salgaocar set out in right earnest, despite knowing that a draw would land them the title. They used the wings to excellent effect, to exploit the Dempo defence. Harmanjot Singh on the right in particular was full of running and had an outstanding game. Salgaocar did create a few opportunities early on with Naro Hari missing a regulation headed and a one-on-one with the keeper. The striker did however make amends in the 25th minute when captain Godfrey Mascarenhas played a beautiful long ball over the defense for Myron Borges to latch on to. The latter squared to Naro for the simplest of tap ins to hand the Greens the lead. 10 minutes later Salgaocar doubled their advantage when Harmanjot sent an inch perfect cross from the right for Naro to bury with a fine header. The Greens did create a few more chances in the half but Alison Fernandes in the Dempo goal ensured there was no further damage done with some fine saves.

Changing over ends, the game was essentially killed as a contest as early as the 46th minute when first Stefen Fernandes and later Naro Hari found the back of the net with fine strikes from outside the box. Naro thus scored his hat-trick within a week, having found the back of the net thrice against Goa Velha only a couple of days ago. Dempo did try clawing their way back into the game and started attacking with more purpose and intent. They were awarded a penalty in the 54th minute when Ronil was brought down by keeper Rohan Viegas. Vineet who stepped up sent the keeper the wrong way to score Dempo’s first of the evening.

In the 69th minute, Dempo pulled back another when Valerio Palha found the top corner from inside the box. Salgaocar could have scored shortly thereafter, but Harmanjot sent the ball wide after the ball landed at his feet from a miskick from substitute Goal keeper, Frazer Afonso. The Greens continued pressing and Stefen’s shot was brilliantly saved by the keeper and Myron sent his header over the bar off a fine cross from the right. In the 82nd minute, Salgaocar were reduced to 10 men as Myron Borges received his second booking of the evening for dissent.

Although the game did turn ugly in the last few minutes with rash tackles flying in, The Greens held on to secure a fine win and the trophy, the 4th by the club’s juniors, with the U-14, U-18 and GFA Third Division (U-19) having been secured earlier.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IFA Shield 2015 Results: 26th May 2015

119th IFA shield results
IFA Shield 2015 Results:
26th May 2015
119th IFA Shield 2015 Results

East Bengal U19 2-1 Mohammedan SC U19

United SC U19 4-0 Pune FC U19

Bengaluru FC bow out of AFC Cup after defeat to South China

South China were awarded a dubious penalty
after Curtis Osano had a perfectly timed tackle on Awal,
Picture Courtesy: Bengaluru FC
AFC Cup 2015, Round of 16
South China(Hong Kong) 2-0 Bengaluru FC(India)
South China: Daniel McBreen(28th, 58th)

Bengaluru FC crashed out of the AFC Cup 2015 Round of 16 after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of South China in somewhat controversial circumstances. Both team played good attacking football and the scoreline was not the best reflection. South China were given a penalty in the first half when Curtis Osano's perfectly timed tackle was deemed as foul and the referee pointing to the spot. Australian striker Daniel McBreen stepped up and rifled the penalty kick into the top corner to give the lead to the host. Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Sean Rooney and Robin Singh all came close to grab the equalizer but could not find the back of the net. A cross from Che Runqiu dashed the Bengaluru FC's hope further as the man-in-form McBreen was at the right place to slot the ball home as he doubled his tally in the 58th minute. Sunil Chhetri came in as a substitute but the scoreline remained the same as the Blues can now have all the focus on the domestic league.

Check out the highlights of the AFC Cup 2015 Round of 32 clash between South China and Bengaluru FC:

Monday, May 25, 2015

IFA Shield 2015 Results: 23rd-25th May 2015

IFA Shield 2015 Results
IFA Shield 2015 Results
119th IFA Shield 2015 Results

Mohun Bagan U19 2-5 Pune FC U19

Pune FC U19 7-0 Orissa FA U19

Mohammedan SC U19 0-0 Pune FC U19

Hero i-League 2015 Results and Highlights: 24th May 2015

Hero i-League 2015 Results
Pune FC dented Shillong Lajong FC's chance to seal a
place in next years i-League in the penultimate match,
Picture Courtesy: Pune FC
Hero i-League 2015 Results

Shillong Lajong FC 0-1 Pune FC
PFC: Z. Ralte(5th - Rebound of cross bar)

Salgaocar FC 5-1 Kalyani Bharat FC
SFC: Darryl Duffy(3rd - Assist Zakeer Mundampara, 50th - Assist Zakeer Mundampara), Bikash Jairu(8th - Assist Douhou Pierre), Douhou Pierre(59th - ,84th - Assist Zakeer Mundampara),
KBFC: Kris Bright(63rd - Penalty)

East Bengal 2-0 Royal Wahingdoh
EB: Dudu Omagbemi(45th - Assist Ranti Martins, 66th- Came off a rebound)

Highlights from East Bengal vs Royal Wahingdoh Match:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hero i-League 2015 Highlights and Results: 23rd May 2015

Hero i-League 2015 Results: 23rd May
Hero i-League 2015 Results: 23rd May 2015

Hero i-League 2015 Results

Mohun Bagan 2-0 Sporting Clube de Goa
MB: Sehnaj Singh(65th), Sony Norde(77th - Assist Sukhen Dey)

Highlights of Mohun Bagan vs SC Goa:
Dempo SC 1-1 Bengaluru FC
DSC: Uttam Rai(77th - Assist Holicharan Narzary)
BFC: Robin Singh(63rd - Assist Eugeneson Lyngdoh)

Highlights of Dempo SC vs Bengaluru FC:

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