Monthly Roundup: FC Goa youth teams find success in February & March

posted in Specials by Sarthak Sharma on 20th March 2020

posted in Specials

by Sarthak Sharma

on 20th March 2020

Monthly Roundup: FC Goa youth teams find success in February & March

With the ISL season now done and dusted, and football all over the world coming to a standstill due to the Coronavirus outbreak, fans may be wondering what there is to look forward to.

While we may not have football being played for the next few days and weeks, it does give us a chance to look back and reflect on what was a very productive last couple of months for FC Goa’s youth teams.

The FC Goa youth setup was in action during the months of February and March, and some excellent football has been on show.

Dev Team Delight

The FC Goa Developmental Team were at their best during the months of February and March as they competed on two fronts in the form of the Goa Professional League and the Hero 2nd Division League.

The Dev Team started February with a thumping 3-0 win over Vasco SC in the Goa Pro League, and kept the good form going with a 3-1 win over Kerala Blasters (Reserves) in the Hero 2nd Division League.

A 1-1 draw with FC Kerala in the 2nd Division League soon followed, and a topsy-turvy tie against ARA FC ended 2-2 in the same tournament.

A strong ending to the month in the 2nd Division League followed thanks to a 3-0 victory over Mumbai City FC (Reserves), but the Goa Pro League saw the Gaurs fall to a 2-1 defeat to Guardian Angel.

With minimal football played in the month of March, the Dev Team continued their strong form and remained unbeaten in the month, with a 1-0 win coming against FC Kerala while a competitive 1-1 draw came against FC Bengaluru United in the 2nd Division League.

In the Goa Pro League, the Gaurs destroyed Velsao 5-1 and drew 2-2 with Panjim Footballers to cap off a strong month.

Opi Lalawmpuia top scored for the Dev Team in February with 5 goals, while Doyal Alves was the top scorer in March with 2 goals.

FC Goa reach final rounds of Hero Elite League

The FC Goa U-18s made the club proud as they finished top of the Goa division in the Hero Elite League and punched their ticket to the final rounds of the tournament.

The Gaurs finished top of a competitive group featuring local stalwarts such as Dempo, SESA, Sporting and Salgaocar, and did so without losing a game in February.

A 0-0 draw against Sporting was followed up by a comfortable 3-1 victory over Salgaocar, and a 4-2 win over SESA FA confirmed top spot for the Gaurs after a dominating display.

This marks the third consecutive time that the teenagers have made it through to the final rounds of the tournament, and will have their eyes on winning the whole thing after coming up short last year.

An experience of a lifetime for FC Goa U-15s

The FC Goa flag was flying high in Mumbai as the U-15 side was given an opportunity to take on English giants Manchester United, Chelsea and Southampton during the Premier League Next Generation tournament.

While many would have believed that the Gaurs were just there to make up the numbers, the youngsters exceeded expectations and picked up three wins in the tournament, including one over Southampton FC.

After a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, FC Goa struck back with a 2-1 win over Bengaluru FC and managed to beat Reliance Foundation 1-0 as well.

A 1-0 win over Southampton was the standout result however, as it marked a remarkable moment in the club’s youth history.

The campaign ended with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of eventual Champions Chelsea, but the tournament was a success in every way imaginable for the Gaur teens.

FC Goa U-14s learning all the time

The FC Goa U-14s played just twice in the month of February, and picked up a 1-1 draw against Salgaocar FC and were then beaten narrowly by Churchill Brothers 1-0.

The youngsters continue to learn and train however, as they push on to achieve more success in the coming months.

February also saw FC Goa organise trials for the U-14 division, which was a huge success and talent was identified to be groomed into possibly becoming the next big thing at the club.