GOA: Sporting Clube de Goa maintained their previous score card against Churchill Bros beating them 4 – 0 in the Goa Pro League fixture played at Ambelim on Wednesday. A fine second half hat-trick from Victorino Fernandes  (52’, 79’ &  84’) and a goal from Mauvin Borges (88’) ensured the visitors go home with full 3 points.

Sporting Gaffer Mateus Costa made a wholesale change to the side which played out the goalless draw against FC Bardez last week. Ponif Vaz, Avrhishto Fernandes, Mauvin Borges & Quan Gomes were handed starts in a 4 -1 – 4 – 1 formation with the Ghanaian Center Forward Francis Dadzie leading the attack.

Most of the first half was restricted to the mid-field with both teams attacking each other on the counter. Sporting had an early opportunity in the 9th minute when Dadzie beat the charging keeper and singled out Mauvin Borges in the box, however the latter’s on target shot was well saved by the Churchill defense on the goal line. Churchill had their best opportunity at the half hour mark when their forward Doyl D’Silva made a good move to find Chesterpaul Lyngdoh at a striking distance but the shot went straight into Ravi Kumars safe hand. Towards the dying seconds Sporting came close several times through Francis Dadzie and Mauvin Borges but no one could get the shot in. It stayed goalless at half-time.

Crossing over Sporting Gaffer’s substitutions proved decisive, he introduced Victorino Fernandes towards the end of first half and Seriton Fernandes at the start of second half. The Churchill defense found it hard to handle the pace of this combo as both the Sporting subs tore into the red machines box with utmost ease.  Sporting were finally able to get on the score sheet in the 52nd minute when Victorino received a good ball from Mauvin to place it past the Churchill keeper making it 1 – 0 for Sporting. Churchill Bros tried hitting back with some good counter attacking moves but Loveday and company got their timings perfectly and kept out the danger. Churchill’s hopes of coming back into the game were severely dented when Victorino added his second goal in the 79th minute with a powerful half volley from Ponif, who did some good work on the right corner. It was all over for Churchill when Victorino completed his hat-trick in style with a thunderbolt strike from about 25 yards after making some space for himself in the 84thminute. Just before the final whistle Mauvin Borges was rewarded for his exceptional game play today when his strike from 30 yards away sneaked past the Churchill keeper to make it 4 – 0 in favour of Sporting. With this win Sporting have pocketed 32 points from 14 matches and trail the top spot to Salgaocar FC whom they face next by a point.

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