Sporting made a remarkable recovery in the second half to come back from 2 down to put things on level terms. Tuff Laxmi opened the score line through Francis Onyeamna early in the first half while Agnelo Colaco scored the second goal. For Sporting Odafa Okolie scored a brace in the second half. With this draw Sporting have collected 33 points and maintains the pole position.
Tuff Laxmi drew the first blood early in the 9th minute when a good move created at mid caught Sporting backline off guard as their Striker Francis Onyeamna received a good ball from Nd Opara to rush at a lightening pace beating the keeper with a low finish.
The second goal came in at the 42nd minute when Mackroy Peixoto passed a ball towards the substitute Agnelo Colaco who calmly dribbled past a defender to score a stunning left footer from outside the box making it 2 – 0 in favour of Tuff before the half time.
Sporting had their best opportunity of the first half towards the end when Odafa fired a shot from outside the box only to be denied by the wood work.
The second half witnessed an outstanding recovery from Sporting. The Flaming Oranje came out with intent and pressed hard right from the kick off. The pressure paid off soon as in the 53rd minute a fantastic cross from Harpreet Singh was perfectly read by Odafa Okolie to tap home one from a close range.
Sporting’s intense pressure paid off once again as the Tuff Laxmi defender Lenston Afonso’s back pass ended up in the feet of Odafa Okolie who once again made no mistake to net his second goal for the evening putting things back on level terms. Towards the closing stage it was all Sporting as they saw a gazillion chances go waste in front of the goal. Odafa was instrumental as he set up Ganesh Thakur thrice and Alber twice but both failing to convert.
The Sporting Head Coach Mathew Costa said – “We lacked concentration in the first half, the early goal put us on a back foot. It was a good recovery in the second half; we are pleased with the boy’s performance in the second half.” “Disappointed that we couldn’t capitalized on the numerous opportunity created.”