GOA: Sporting played out a goalless draw against FC Bardez in a Goa Pro League encounter at Duler Stadium on Tuesday evening. Ahead of the kick off both teams observed a minute silence in solidarity towards the players of Chapecoense FC & everyone else perished in the Columbian air-crash.
The late evening kick-off saw Sporting Gaffer Mateus Costa make three changes to his side that drew against Guardian Angel. Skipper Loveday Eninnaya was back after serving his suspension replacing Ponif Vaz while Quan Gomes and Joseph Pereira made the cut at an expense of Victorino and Seriton Fernandes.
The first half saw a fantastic 45 minutes of end to end affair from either side. Right in the opening minute Glan Martins of Sporting got hold of a loose ball in the mid to fire a good shot which went inches wide of the post. 7 minutes into the game Bardez won a free kick at the edge of the box, a dangerous looking shot was punched away by Ravi Kumar and later cleared by skipper Loveday to give the visitors some breathing space. Around the 20th minute Sporting’s Ghanaian Center Forward fired a good on target shot from about 35yards away, the Bardez keeper Mirshad Koottappunna made a full stretch dive to make the decisive save. Bardez should have taken the lead in the 22nd minute when an Alesh Sawant cross found an unmarked Latesh Mandrekar within the box in a hand shaking distance from the goal, but the latter missed his footing giving Sporting defenders the opportunity to clear the danger with ease. Sporting had their best opportunity of the first half in the 41st minute when Dadzie took a good swing only to find his on target strike once again blocked by a determined Bardez keeper. The match stayed goalless in the first half.
Crossing over both teams were cautious trying to avoid any danger. In the first quarter of the second half FC Bardez enjoyed more number of opportunities. In the 52nd minute Richard Costa’s chipped a good ball to find Girish Naik in the box who managed to beat the keeper only to see the woodwork do the saving for Sporting. In the next 5 minutes Bardez created two promising moves but couldn’t get the finishing touch. At the hours mark Sporting got back into the groove when their striker Daryl once again shot inches wide of the post. In the 67th minute Victorino made a dazzling run from the right flank beating his marker to win a corner for Sporting. The Flaming Oranje had their best opportunity of the match in when their skipper Loveday rose high to punch in a good header. The goal bound header was saved heroically by Cavin Soares who displayed great reflexes. Towards the closing stages Sporting made some promising moves through Victorino and Dadzie but failed to find the target. With this draw Sporting stay on top with 28 points from 13 matches while FC Bardez stay on 5th with 23 point from 12 matches.