Sporting Clube de Goa responded to their manager’s claims of wanting to win the continent’s oldest football event, the Durand Cup, by beating United Sports Club in a tightly fought quarter-final group B encounter at the Raia ground, Goa.
The Flaming Oranje began the match in spectacular fashion, as Boima Karpeh roared the team into the lead in the second minute of the match. Midfielder Rowlin Borges was the chief architect of the goal as his well taken freekick found Karpeh in an enticing position. The Australian made no mistake in controlling the ball and getting the better of his markers, as his stunning finish went into the net.
Buoyed on by their early goal, the hosts began a spate of relentless attacks that were matched evenly by a United SC team, that were falling back into their own territory very quickly. It wasn’t long before their resistance fell away, though. A fine run by Mauvin Borges saw him eventually pick out Karpeh, who was left unattended to. The striker made no hesitation in finishing into the far corner past a helpless Ranajit Majumder to double his tally, as well as Sporting’s lead on the day.
One could be forgiven to think the match was done and dusted, as Sporting looked relatively comfortable. Yet, it wasn’t to be, as a defensive lapse by the Oranje, saw United SC’s efforts to get back into the match pay rewards. Sankar Oraon's volley stunned keeper Kamajit Singh and cut the deficit down to just a single goal, as half-time beckoned.
Post the interval, Sporting continued to be the more comfortable team and their dominance was set in stone as Anthony Wolfe was deemed to have been fouled in the box, by the referee on the day, Maria Joseph. The Trinidad and Tobago international made no mistake in converting the penalty he earned and restoring Sporting Goa’s two goal lead.
United SC then scored their second and final goal of the match in the 70th minute, as defender Sujay Oraon’s left footed piledriver found the back of the net. But it was to be Sporting Goa’s day as they held on to win.