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  • 30 December 2012
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Salgaocar FC 4-0 Air India: David Booth's side sign off the year in style

Salgaocar FC 4-0 Air India: David Booth's side sign off the year in style

Anselm Noronha

The Goan side would hope to continue with their form into year 2013 after a rather woeful I-League campaign in 2012...

Salgaocar FC scored four times in the first half to thrash Air India in a Round 13 I-League clash played at the Duler stadium in Goa, on Sunday afternoon.

Milagres Gonsalves and Augustin Fernandes scored a brace each as the Goan side registered their first win under David Booth and are now with 10 points from 12 matches, while Air India have 11 points from as many matches.

The green and whites saw the return of Francis Fernandes to their starting line-up with Milagres and Marcus Mascaresnhas playing as the two strikers, while Luciano Sobrosa missed out due to an injury.

Air India assistant coach Anthony Fernandes fielded his Nigerian strike pair of Ezeh Henry and Junior Obagbemiro in the attack while former Salgaocar player Sandesh Gadkari started on the bench.

Salgaocar's Quinton Jacob was guilty for missing a couple of sitters as the Namibian failed to convert his chances inside the opening ten minutes.

Milagres Gonsalves broke the deadlock in the 21st minute amidst a goal-mouth meelee after the Salgaocar striker was set-up by team-mate Francis.

Just two minutes later, Augustin Fernandes doubled the lead for his side by guiding his header on to the inside of the far post and into the net off Nicolau Colaco's cross.

The Pilots were barely able to fight back

Milagres then went on to complete his brace in the 26th minute by slotting in a rebound after Air India keeper Sukhwinder Singh had blocked a long range effort by Brian Mascarenhas.

Less than 10 minutes later, by the 35th minute, the score read 4-0 as Augustin headed in a Francis Fernandes free-kick which was won by Brian Mascarenhas.

Milagres and Rocus Lamare could have inflicted further misery on the Airmen in the first half had they to convert their chances.

Air India had their defense in order in the second half, but were unable to create enough of a threat in front of goal to sport any sort of a come-back in the match.

Milagres Gonsalves came close on a few occasions to extend Salgaocar's lead in the second half, but David Booth will still have something to celebrate as the New Year dawns closer.

Salgaocar substitute Royston D'Souza won a free-kick just outside the area, but substitute Randeep Singh's set-piece missed the target by a few notches in the 86th minute which was the last chance of the game.

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