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28 November 2013
• Duler Stadium, Mapusa
Abdul Hamid Shabana 2'
B. Singh 37'
J. Vales 90'+
B. Karpeh 5'
P. Shirodkar 89'
Arindam Bhattacharya is named as the "most valuable player"
And it's full time. What a finish....right at the death. Defending champions Churchill Brothers get their first win in 10 matches
90' + 5'
Yellow CardJaison Vales
90' + 5'
GOOAAALLL!!!! Churchill substitute Jaison Valles chested the ball in off a cross by Anthony Pereira who was played through on the right wing by Yasser Shahen
90' + 3'
We are in added time. Will there be a winner?
90' + 1'
Is this going to be yet another heart-break for Churchill?
GOAALLL!!!! Pratesh Shirodkar converts his chance from the inside the box after being set-up by a delightful through-ball by substitute Mauvin Borges
Yellow CardRaju Yumnam
CLOSE!!!! Gonzalo's header off Shirodkar's free-kick that falls in the path of both Karpeh and Victorino, who however were flagged off-side
Kalu shoots wide down the other end
Yellow CardJovel Martins
Shabana shoots wide from distance
Another good check by Franco to prevent Kalu from receiving a cross put in by Shirodkar
Good piece of defending by Churchill right-back Denzil Franco to check the run of Karpeh who was vying to receive a long cross by Garcia
Karpeh shoots wide!
Balan has to be sacrificed due to injury
Sporting striker Boima Karpeh is getting into good areas quite often but is over-smarted by the opponent's defense
Churchill's Lenny hits the side netting on the left after receving a pass by Yumnam
CLOSE!!! Churchill Brothers on the counter and Al Sebai shoots across the face of the goal from close to the right post
SAVE!!! Another Sporting attack sees Jovel Martins pass release Karpeh in a one-on-one situation with Arindam, but the Churchill goalkeeper pulls of a good save
Karpeh with a back-heel kick in the Churchill box, but none of his team-mates to receive the pass
Garcia finds Kalu in the Churchill box, but the latter is unable to control the ball as a defender clears the same
Shabana and Kalu clash again as the two go for the ball
Shabana is back on the pitch and he looks okay as play resumes
Ouch!!! That must have hurt....Shabana runs into the follow-through of Kalu's boot after the Nigerian cleared the ball with an overhead kick
Karpeh is spotted having a quick chat with Al Sebai...any guesses what he's saying to the Churchill defender?
CLOSE!!!! Garcia's short corner from the left was crossed in by Jovel and Garcia side-tapped over from just outside the six yards area
Karpeh flicks a Jovel Martins throw-in to Arindam
CLOSE!!! Karpeh manages to find his way inside the opponent's box on the left and tries to find a team-mate, but Ravanan clears away the danger
Shahen is ruled off-side for the second time in the second half
Karpeh complaining of time-wasting while Shabana's free-kick goes straight to Ravi Kumar
Some good passing going on between Shahen, Balwant and Denzil on the right side but the Sporting back-line is alert enough
Second half resumes
HALF-TIME: Churchill Brothers SC 2-1 Sporting Clube de Goa
45' + 3'
Karpeh limps back on the pitch after receiving some treatment
Three minutes added time shown as Sporting avert the corner
Karpeh is lifted out on a stretcher while Churchill Brothers have a corner
Referee brings down Karpeh. Something that you don't see everyday
CLOSE!!!! Shabana moved in between Keenan and Gonzalo, but was denied by Ravi Kumar in a one-on-one situtation before Sporting defender Mathew Gonsalves got rid of the rebound
GOOAALLL!!!! Yasser Shahen lays off the ball for Balwant who shot past Ravi Kumar, although the Sporting goalkeeper got a touch to it, after the cross was sent in by Alesh Sawant. 2-1
CLOSE!!! Shabana puts it in on his second attempt and Balwant heads wide again.
Second corner of the match earned by Shabana
An easy take for Arindam from Shirodkar's shot after punching away Cajetan's corner
First corner of the match as Denzil heads Shirodkar's cross wide
Some good combination by Cajetan and Shirodkar until Ravanan interferes and forces a goalkick for his side
CLOSE!!! Denzil Franco almost found the target on the far side from the right after receiving a pass by Shabana
Kalu stays down after being tackled
Shabana stopped in his tracks by Cajetan Fernandes as Sporting try to hit on the counter
A good cross in by Pratesh Shirodkar, although Rowllin Borges and Boima Karpeh are unable to create enough space to get a shot away, while Shirodkar follows up with a weak shot at goal
Churchill Brothers looks a much better side with the inclusion of their new recruits today. Except for conceding that quick equaliser!
WIDE!!! Balwant Singh's flying header goes wide off the far post from Denzil Franco's cross from the right
Lenny shoots straight into Sporting goalkeeper Ravi Kumar
A lot of interceptions being seen in the center of the pitch in the past couple of exchanges
CHANCE!!!! A nice long cross from Garcia that Kalu chested down and played to Cajetan Fernandes, who wasted the opportunity by literally passing the ball to the Churchill defense instead of having a go at goal
Most the moves happening in the midfield at the moment
Arturo Garcia is playing in a fallen back position today
Sporting are moving the ball a bit more comfortably than their Goan rivals who are working hard too
SHABANA!!! hits the side netting on the right this time
So Churchill Brothers are back to square one
GOAAALLL!!! Equaliser! A similar kind of goal on the opposite side. Keenan Almeida's cross is directed at the back of Arindam Bhattacharya's nets by Boima Karpeh
This is what Churchill has been waiting for and probably might get his first win if they continue in this fashion.
GOAAALLL!!! An opener in the very first move. Balwant Singh finds Abdelhamid Shabana on his left and the Egyptian midfielder finds the back of the net
Sporting Goa subs: Victorino, Muvin Borges, Rojen, Rovan, Velito Cruz, Sourav (gk), Joyner
Churchill subs: Thapa (gk), Balmuchu, Jaison, Anthony Pereira, Satish, Richard Costa, Balan
Sporting Clube de Goa XI: Ravi (gk), Mathew (c), Keenan, Gonzalo, Kalu, Garcia, Jovel, Shirodkar, Cajetan, Rowllin, Karpeh
Churchill Brothers XI: Al Sebai, Shahen, Denzil, Ravanan (c), Shabana, Balwant, Thangjam, Sawant, Lenny, Yumnam, Arindam (gk)
Here are the line-ups
I am Anselm Noronha, reporting Live from Mapusa
Sporting Goa also played an away 0-0 draw to Bengaluru FC and for now it is understood that Flaming Oranje striker Dawson Fernandes is still nursing an injury and Boima Karpeh would hope to find his scoring boots. Midfielders Stephene Barreto, Joseph Pereira and Mackroy Peixoto are doubtful starters.
On the team news front, we know that Churchill will be without the services of midfielder Micky Fernandes who picked his fourth yellow card in the previous fixture againt Mohammedan Sporting which finished goalless
Sporting Clube de Goa have meanwhile been playing a good brand of possession based football game this season under Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon Barreras.
The Red Machines have parted ways with their foreign players and have roped in Syrian duo of Yaser Shahen (striker), Naser Al Sebai (defender) and a Egyptian midfielder Abdelhamid Shabana. They will pin their hopes on the new Asian signings to start delivering good performances right from the onset as the club is in dire state.
Churchill Brothers are still looking for that elusive win as the reigning champions find themselves at the bottom of the table
Thursday treats us with a Goan derby as Churchill take on Sporting Goa at the Duler Stadium, Goa. Welcome to Goal's Live text commentary
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