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Sporting Clube de Goa coach Oscar Barreras had a herculean task ahead of him as his team slumped to an 8-4 defeat at the hands of Churchill Brothers SC in their last match. Not only did they have to recover from a morale crushing defeat, the Goans also had to get themselves ready to face a strong outfit, in the form of Prayag United.
Sporting struck early in the game as Joseph Pereira was brought down in the box by Prayag keeper Subrata Paul and Ogba Kalu made no mistake to convert from the spot to give the visitors the lead. Ranti Martins equalised for the home team in quick succession and the teams were dead locked at 1-1 when the referee blew for the half time whistle.
The Spanish coach was impressed with his team’s half time showing and commented, “The team has started playing well and is improving day-by-day.”
In the second half Kalu showed good dribbling skills as he eased past a couple of Prayag defenders to easily slot home his second of the game.
Barreras lauded his players’ efforts and said, “Kalu played well but I feel all of them played well as a unit.”
Sporting sealed the game deep in extra time as Joseph Pereira managed to get his name on the score sheet as well and the full time score read 3-1.
“We try to make use of whatever opportunities we get on the counter attack and the boys had a good game today. This should serve as a morale boosting victory,” said Barreras as he summarised his team’s effort.
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