The Flaming Oranje have taken revenge over the AIFF youth team, after being defeated by them early on in the season at Goa, having recorded a 2-0 win in Kolkata...
Pailan Arrows hosted Sporting Clube de Goa at the Salt Lake Stadium with the away side coming out triumphant with a 2-0 victory, with goals from Ogba Kalu (63’) and Victorino Fernandes (86’) proving to be the difference, with the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) youth team paying for the lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
Pailan Arrows lined up in their usual 4-4-1-1 formation with Alwyn George playing the withdrawn role behind Seminlen Doungel who was chosen to start as the attacking outlet. Curiously Holicharan Narzary played on the left wing. With Deepak Devrani’s continued absence, Shouvik Ghosh partnered Pritam Kotal in central defense.
Meanwhile, Oscar Bruzon’s side lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Juan Pena, their new recruit partnering local boy Victorino Fernandes up front. Ogba Kalu and Rojen Singh meanwhile played in the central midfield and were tasked with seizing control of the match. Pratesh Shirodkar and Mackiroy Peixoto were on either wings to provide width to their attack.
The first chance of the match fell to Sporting’s new recruit, Angel Berlanga who played in central defense as he missed to direct a free header at the far post, with goalkeeper Soram Anganba well beaten. Slowly, but surely the youngsters of the Arrows side began to grow into the game as they tried to play patiently, building up by playing neat intricate passes among each other.
In fact, just a minute before the half hour mark, Narayan Das’ driving run from the left, left the Sporting defenders bewildered and it was his weak final effort which could not add the necessary gloss to the fine move.
Pailan had two chances just two minutes later, with Holicharan Narzary being the architect in both cases. While his brilliant run down the left first up, required a series of brilliant blocks by the Oranje shirts who threw their bodies in the way as the Pailan midfielders rushed to take potshots at goal, the second was another mazy run which left Samananda Singh for dead, but Doungel failed to direct his shot on target, as his attempted chip over the goalkeeper just floated wide off the far post.
In the 38th minute, it was Alwyn George whose thundering drive just went wide, after a beautiful bit of link up play between the India international and Pronay Halder.
The missed chances in the first half really came to haunt Arthur Papas’ side in the second half as Sporting struck first blood three minutes after the hour mark. A super substitution, bringing on Dawson Ferandes worked wonders as it was his driving run down the right and his subsequent ball into the box which found Kalu who made no mistake in burying the ball past a despairing Soram.
The second half was a story in contrast as it was the Flaming Oranje who seized control, with Dawson and Peixoto testing Soram’s reflexes from range. Even a clutch of substitutions failed to turn the tide as Soram came under increasing pressure.
In the 83rd minute, after Tirthankar Sarkar's corner for the Arrows, Pailan failed to capitalize on the hesitancy in clearing the ball by the away side as there was pinball in the box. Just three minutes later, Victorino Fernandes clearly put the match beyond any reasonable doubt, and that too with a brilliant strike from 25 yards. The thundering right footed piledriver was smashed into the back of the net, finishing Pailan’s hopes of a comeback.
Pailan had a chance to add a consolation goal in added time as Alwyn George had received the ball in the box, but a timely interception by Adil Khan robbed him of that opportunity.
A win continues the fine form for Oscar Bruzon’s side as they build on their wins against Salgaocar and Churchill Brothers, while the youngsters of Pailan Arrows seemingly look to suffer from burnout and a break will do a world of good for them to recover.