The Flaming Oranje settled for a point after playing out a goal less draw in their second I-League match at Fatorda Stadium on Sunday. The match witnessed a very controversial decision going against the Sporting side when they were denied a legit goal which came in the injury time robbing the Flaming Oranje of a deserving 3 points. The Sporting Head Coach Mateus Costa speaking to press said. “It looked like a goal, I will have to watch the replays but from the players reaction it was evident.”
The TV replays showed Loveday’s powerful header slipping past Subrata Pal and entering the nets, however the ball came back into play and to everyone’s surprise the referees signalled the game to continue. This decision left about 3000 spectators at Fatorda Stadium who had not yet recovered from their celebrations stunned. Most of the fans, who got to catch the replays on television were left high and dry wondering how this could have been denied as goal.
Barring a few patches of attack from DSK the entire match saw Sporting dominate the opponents in every department.
Sporting came into the match banking on two changes made by the Gaffer Costa in the form of the seasoned midfielder Rowllin Borges and the young Glan Martins who were deployed to add armour to the talisman striker Odafa Okolie. Rowllin Borges made an instant impact announcing his inclusion with a fantastic set piece which saw the ball go dangerously close to the DSK nets. Which was immediately followed by Odafa when he send a ball into the sky from a close range.
Sporting were not ready to take a brake as with in less than 3 minutes they knocked DSK nets again as a Glen Martin through ball found Mahmoud making a picture perfect run, but the flag went up. DSK had their best opportunity in the 33rd minute when a short corner found Don Bosco unmarked in the Sporting box who failed to capitalise on the same. The match stayed on a goal less draw at the mid way mark.
Switching over DSK came in with intent as they created a couple of chances in the initial 10 minutes from the kick off. The best of which came in at the 56th minute when Indrajit’s well directed long range effort came close to giving DSK the lead, but Arindam had different plans as he made a full length dive towards the right pulling out a spectacular save.
The best for Sporting and undoubtedly the best goal scoring opportunity of the match came in the 59th minute when the Flaming Oranje launched a counter attack which saw them in a 3 is to 1 situation with the Indian International Rowllin Borges making the last touch which ended in a poor finish as they failed to make the most of this glorious opportunity.
The Sporting Head Coach Mateus Costa speaking to the media stressed on the need to focus in the striking department which has seen the Flaming Oranje create numerous chances in both the matches but managing to convert just one.
DSK Coach Derrick Pereira said “We had a good game, Subrata was exceptional.” He also agreed that they have to work a lot on getting their combination right.