GOA: Sporting Clube de Goa continued their unbeaten run in Goa Pro League after they brushed aside Corps of Signals 2–0 at Bambolim Stadium on Sunday. Cajetan Fernandes (30’) & Francis Dadzie (55’) were on target this time for the Flaming Oranje.
Sporting started off on the offensive creating some good pressure right at the start putting the Corps of Signals on the back foot. The Flaming Oranje had their first chance early in the 5th minute when a well directed corner from Cajetan Fernandes found Victorino Fernandes in the box, the striker managed to get a clean strike only to watch the Corps goal keeper pull off a fantastic save. Corps of Signals tried to scramble something upfront but their forwards Pawan Thakur and Vishnu Chhetri were kept in check by Loveday and company. Sporting should have taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Daryl Costa made a brilliant run on the right to set up Victorino in the box. The number 14 unleashed a powerful shot to be saved by the Corps keeper Niyas Mon, the rebound was once again shot on target by the Ghanaian forward Dadzie but Niyas once again pulled off great save. At the half hour mark Quan Gomes sent in a long ball towards the box, Cajetan Fernandes who was lurking around took advantage of the mix up between the Corps defender and keeper to put the ball into the nylons giving Sporting the much needed lead. Towards the end of the first half Daryl and defender Loveday saw the wood work deny them of two fantastic attempts. The score stayed 1 – 0 at the half-time.
In the second half Sporting picked up right where they left, the opening minutes saw two outstanding dribbles from Victorino on the right whos one touch play with Seriton Fernandes and Dadzie created a lot of chaos in the Corps backline. In the 55th minute the Ghanaian forward Francis Dadzie received a good ball from Victorino to unleash a powerful left footer beating Niyas Mon and giving the one goal cushion that Sporting were hunting. At an hour mark, Corps had their best chance of the match when they won a free kick at the edge of 18 yard box. Lalramsanga took a good on target strike but Cajetan took no risk heading it out for a corner. It was all Sporting towards the end as a high pressing game allowed very little space for the Corps forwards to operate. With this win Sporting have gone 11 matches unbeaten in the Goa Pro League and moved 5 points clear on top of the table.