The Goan outfit continued their excellent form on Saturday as they edged past United Sports Club...Sporting Clube de Goa will end 2013 on number two spot on the I-League standings as they continued their hundred percent record this month by winning 1-0 against United SC at the Duler Stadium, Goa. Rojen Singh's early goal was enough to win full points for Oscar Bruzon's side.
The home team's skipper Mathew Gonsalves and midfielder Pratesh Shirodkar returned after serving their suspension with Jovel Martins and Mauvin Borges making way for the duo.
Eelco Schattorie made two changes in his starting line-up with the inclusions of Baldeep Singh and K. Asif in place of Tapan Maity and Vineeth C.K.
Boima Karpeh did all the spadework on the left flank by cutting past at least three purple shirts before setting up Rojen Singh in front of the opponent's goalmouth who made no mistake to to tap the ball home to give Oscar Bruzon's side the lead as early as in the fourth minute.
Karpeh had a chance in the 12th minute as he controlled a long ball by Deepak Devrani but saw his shot blocked by Hasan Hamid.
The first opportunity for the visitors came only in the 29th minute which saw Ranti Martins head a cross from Souvik Chakraborty wide. Baldeep Singh saw his shot being brilliantly blocked by Gonsalves as the shot was destined to find the back of the net.
Play was restricted to the middle of the park as neither side was able to establish an authority on the proceedings with Sporting leading 1-0 at half-time.
The Flaming Oranje started the second half on a positive note as Gonzalo’s header from a Rowllin Borges free-kick was just about tipped over by goalkeeper Abhijit Das.
Karpeh should have done better in the 58th minute as with only the keeper to beat, his toe-poke was kept out by Das’ outstretched right foot.
Kalu Nnanna had a couple of shots with the first being by Bello Rasaq and following one tested the custodian who palmed it away.
In the 71st minute, substitute Beevan D’Mello spotted Borges unmarked inside the box but the latter’s first touch took the ball away from him and the chance was wasted.
The only real action in the closing stages of the game was Karpeh expressing his frustration on being substituted by kicking a bottle near the bench. The game ended with the same score-line as Sporting continued their fantastic run in the league.
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