FC Goa Dev Team fall 3-1 to Sporting in Goa Professional League

posted in Match Report by fcgoajency on 12th January 2020

posted in Match Report

by fcgoajency

on 12th January 2020

FC Goa Dev Team fall 3-1 to Sporting in Goa Professional League

The FC Goa Developmental Team took on Sporting Clube de Goa at the Duler Football Stadium in Mapusa in the Goa Professional League, and suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat.

FC Goa went with a similar starting eleven to their 3-1 win over Corps of Signals, but were pegged back early as Sporting pushed forward.

Aaren D’Silva had the best chance for the Gaurs with the scoreline still 0-0 in the first half, but he couldn’t convert his effort, and it proved costly in the end.

Sporting got the game’s opening goal through a brilliant free-kick via the boot of George D’Souza in the 19th minute, and despite the best efforts of Antonio Dylan Inacio Da Silva in the FC Goa goal, the ball flew into the top corner.

Coach Derrick Pereira was keen for a response from his players, but Sporting controlled possession, eventually doubling their lead before the half-time break.

Akeraj Martins found space to run into on the right hand side of the pitch, and he took aim at goal, his shot too powerful for Dylan to push away from goal.

The 2-0 scoreline may have been slightly harsh on the Gaurs, but a response was certainly needed to revive the team in the second period.

And a response is what they got as Aaren D’Silva made it 2-1 early on in the second half, giving FC Goa hope in the game.

The introduction of Opi brought the spark the Gaurs needed in the game, and the goal from Aaren seemed to galvanise the entire team.

As the game went on, FC Goa looked the better side, but a moment of madness changed the game as the referee showed a second yellow card to Thulunga for what seemed to be sarcastic applause at a refereeing decision.

Tempers flared as the Gaurs went down to ten men, and the cards kept on coming, with the two team coaches also being booked by the official.

Sporting’s numerical advantage allowed them to get forward and score a third goal in the 71st minute as a cross from the right wing was turned into the goal, but it seemed unclear whether the final touch was from Akeraj Martins or an FC Goa defender.

FC Goa had a few chances before the final whistle blew, and Sarineo Fernandes went close with a left footed effort that required saving from the Sporting goalkeeper.

In the end however, the Gaurs ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline, and will consider themselves a touch hard done by with refereeing decisions in particular.