SALGAOCAR FC BEGIN SELVEL GPL CAMPAIGN WITH AN IMPRESSIVE WIN

PANAJI: Salgaocar FC began their Goa Football Association Selvel Goa Professional League with a fluent 2-0 win over FC Goa at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Wednesday.

The Greens scored a goal in either halves through Saeesh Halarnkar (38’) and Stephen Satarkar (90’) to ensure three points.

Salgaocar FC coach started with experienced Jason D’Mello in goal with Daniel Gomes and Flagan Rodrigues in the back. Ribhav Sardesai, now turned senior, started along with Valentinho Nazareth in the midfield. With Devendra Murgaonkar leaving in summer, Steflon D’Costa was handed the charge to get the goals.

For FC Goa, they had an experienced core with Anthonio Da Silva guarding the frame. Brian Faria in defence and new signee Delton Colaco in the mid while Aaren played as a lone striker.

The teams started cautiously, but it was the Greens who had the first real chance in the eight minute when Brisen Fernandes read Vasim Inamdar’s run in the box and played a perfect lob ball for the last name. Vasim had the ball at his feet but before the U-20 player could pull his trigger, Perry Pereira came with a vital interception.

FC Goa then took total control of the game with their midfielders outplaying the Greens. However, they were dealt with a blow in the 38th minute when their defender Malsawmtluanga Ralte handled a Perry Pereira’s cross inside the box. The defender, who was unmarked conceded a needless foul in the box, which forced referee to point straight to the spot. Saeesh Halarnkar smashed the ball in the far right, past the diving Antonio.

Salgaocar nearly doubled the lead in the 40th minute. Saeesh set Steflon on the right flank, who got past his marker, and shot at the goal from a tight angle. Keeper Antonio made a great save only to see the rebound fall straight to Valentinho, but the last name shot out of frame with no one between him and the goal. This was the best chance so far from an open play in the first half.

FC Goa started with a intent to get the equaliser in the second half and had their chance within 10 minutes of the restart. Aaren used his physical strength to win the ball from his opponent and squared to Vasim, but the youngster missed another opportunity to get his side back on level terms, shooting wide.

With 10 minutes to go, FC Goa were forced to play with 10 men after first half substitute Nestor Dias, limped off the pitch after picking up a knock. Salgaocar FC nearly capitalised on having a man advantage when Stephen Satarkar was set through on goal but he shot wide.

But the second half sub, made amends in the 90th minute when he secured full points for The Greens with the team’s second. Stephen on getting the ball in the area took a first time shot which took a slight deflection off a FC Goa defender and landed over the keeper Antonio, 2-0.

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