Sporting Clube de Goa demolish Churchill Bros 4 – 0 in a completely one sided affair at Duler Stadium Mapusa. Harpreet Singh (34’), Seriton Fernandes (44’), Cajetan Fernandes (60’), & Avrhishto Fernandes (90’+) got on the score sheet for Sporting.
Initial quarter of the match saw a fairly balanced affair on the field. Both Sporting and Churchill Bros were holding on to the ball and creating a few half chances. Sporting had an early opportunity in the 2nd minute when Seriton beat his marker to launch a right footer which the keeper barely managed to get his hands on. After a good amount of midfield play Sporting drew the first blood when a Joseph Pereira corner found Harpreet on the edge of the box who ripped the ball into Churchill nets as everyone stood still and watched. After scoring the first goal Sporting controlled the match completely. Gaffer Costa made a crucial tactical change when he pushed the creative midfielder Quan Gomes further up to partner with Victorino & Seriton. Quan bossed the midfield creating havoc in the Churchill defense. In the 44th minute the move paid off as Quan send 3 Churchill defenders the wrong way while setting up Seriton who was never missing from that range. The score stayed 2 – 0 at the half time.
The second half completely belonged to Sporting as Churchill Bros defenders found it hard to match up with the pace of Ganesh Thakur who was introduced at the half time. Sporting could have easily made it 3 – 0 when Victorino made a fantastic run on the left beating everyone to come head on against the keeper who somehow managed to block his shot. The resulting rebound once again came to Victorino who’s second attempt was blocked for the second time by the Churchill defender Janifar Clemente. However this couldn’t stop Sporting offense as Victorino kept making dangerous runs into the box. In the 60th minute Clemente brought down Victorino in the box. Cajetan made it 3 – 0 from the spot for Sporting. In the dying minutes of the match Avrhishto Fernandes took a shot from about 25 yards, the Churchill keeper made a mess of it gifting Sporting their 4th goal of the evening. With this win Sporting avoid finishing last in the Group A of Goa Police Cup 2016.