Ogba Kalu stars as Sporting Goa thrashes Shillong Lajong FC at Duler

Airtel i-League 2013-14
14.12.2013
Duler Stadium, Goa
Sporting Clube de Goa 5-1 Shillong Lajong FC
SCG: Ogba Kalu(26th, 58th,67th), Boima Karpeh(64th), Victorino Fernandes(90+)
SLFC: T.Matsugae(14th) 

The Flaming Orange registered a sensational home win after a 5-1 victory over Shillong Lajong FC in what was a thrilling encounter at the Duler Stadium Goa on Saturday.

It was the visitors who started the first half brightly; having more ball possession and creating many chances. Keeping the momentum up, their efforts were rewarded when Japanese recruit Taisuke Matsugae drew first blood with a superb strike beating two defenders and slotted the ball home in the 14th minute.
The Flaming Organe immediately responded by pressing forward for the equaliser and almost managed to cancel Lajong’s lead in the 20th minute but Kalu’s bicycle kick that went at the back of the net was not counted as the referee ruled it offside.
SC Goa and Shillong Lajong FC in action at Duler, Airtel i-League,
Picture Courtesy: www.the-aiff.com

It was only in the 26th minute that the home team drew level when a cross by Borges found Kalu, who made no mistake in heading the ball into the back of the net beating Lajong custodian Lalthuanmawia Ralte.
The visitors lead however, was short-lived when Kalu equalised for the home team in the 26th Minute.
From then on, it was Sporting who dominated the rest of the first half. A big chance for the home team came in the 30th minute when Kalu had an easy chance in front of goal but his shot went straight to the Lajong keeper and hence the first half ended all square.

In the second half, the men in Orange seemed more eager to go in front as they were controlling play by having more possession and posed a major threat to the Lajong defence.

Their hard work was rewarded when Ogba Kalu scored a goal in the 58th minute via Arturo Garcia’s low free kick giving the home team a 2 – 1 lead in the hour mark. Most of the second half was played in
Lajong’s half as Sporting continued to pile the pressure with numerous chances. In the 64th minute, Boima Karpeh made a solo run on the left flank dribbling past Lajong defenders and successfully put the ball behind Mawia giving Sporting a two goal cushion over their opponents.

Just two minutes later, Kalu completed his hat trick via a header from a corner kick. Lajong had a mountain to climb as the odds were against them trailing 4-1 with just 25 minutes of the game remaining.

Luck was definitely on Oscor Bruzon’s side as they displayed a stunning performance and Victorino Fernandes also registered his name on the scoresheet in extra time as he was left one on one with the keeper. He skilfully dribbled past the keeper and slotted the ball in the net as Samuel and Wailad failed to block the ball.

Lajong stay fourth in the I-league table with 20 points and they will play host to Dempo SC on 21st December whilst Sporting Club de Goa are in the second position and will play host to United Sports Club on the same day.

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