THREE POINTS! THREE GOALS! THREE CHEERS! FOR THE FLAMING ORANJE!

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Sporting Clube registered a resounding 0-3 win over their cross-town rivals Salgaocar FC at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Saturday. Pratesh Shirodkar (6′), Sumeet Passi (30′) and Victorino Fernandes (83′) got on the score sheet for Sporting. The match stayed at 0 – 2 in favour of Sporting at the Half-time.
Sporitng Gaffer Mateus Cost made 2 changes to the side which held East Bengal to a goalless draw at Kolkata, Odafa Okolie and Mehrajuddin Wadoo made way for the in-form Sumeet Passi and Joseph Clement. Sporting started the match high on confidence displaying good attacking football right from the kick-off. The Flaming Oranje got their first look at the goal in the 5th minute when Nicholas Fernandes and Mahmoud Amnah combined well to break down the Salgaocar FC defense but the former missed the nets from a close range winning a corner. Rowllin Borges send a perfect ball from the corner into a flooded SFC box, Karanjit Singh leaped high enough to punch the ball out but only to find Sporting’s mid-field maestro Pratesh Shirodkar who struck neatly from about 25 yards off to score a screamer. The next best chance of the match came in the 23rd minute when Rowllin took on 3 defenders to come head on with the SFC custodian but failed to keep the ball low. Sporting’s in-form striker Sumeet Passi who was causing some trouble for the green’s defense struck in the 30th minute off a Nicholas cross. The latter latched on to Mahmoud Al Amnah’s ball taking on 2 defenders to set Passi up with a brilliant cross making it 0 – 2 in favour of Sporting. The scoreline stayed at 0 – 2 in the half-time.
Crossing over Sporting maintained pressure on a depleting greens side. Santosh Kayshap’s last ditch attempt to lift the moral of his players with introduction of Martin Scott too dint seem to be working. In the 57th minute Sporting almost made it 3 when skipper Mahmoud rounded off Karanjit Singh to send in a powerful right footed shot only to see a brilliant save by the SFC defender Augustin Fernandes. Salgaocar FC had their best chance of the match in the 66th minute when Keenan Almeida got a clean header but missed the nets form a hand shaking distance. In the 81st minute Mateus Costa introduced his super sub Victorino Fernandes for a tiring Sumeet Passi. The move instantly paid of as Victorino’s first touch landed straight into the nets making it 0 – 3 for Sporting in the 83rd minute. Salgaocar FC failed to make any difference in the last few minutes as Santosh Kayshap and company seemed to run out of ideas towards the end. With this win Sporting stay at 4th position with 22 points while Salgaocar FC will wait for tomorrows results to determine their position on the table.
A jubilant Sporting gaffer Mateus Costa said after the match “This is a very important victory, we have not only consolidated the 4th position but also made sure that we go into the Fed cup high on confidence. This win has surely been a major positive in the dressing room.” He further added “I am very happy with the way our boys have played today, finally we shown what Sporting can really do.”

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