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Sporting Clube de Goa rally to hold Vasco SC

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Sporting Clube de Goa came from a goal down to hold Vasco Sports Club to an entertaining 1-1 draw in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League match played at Duler stadium on Friday.

Sanwil D’Costa scored from the spot to give the lead to Vasco SC, while, Cajetan Fernandes converted the penalty to level for Sporting Clube de Goa.

Vasco coach Micky Fernandes made two changes giving the nod to U-20 winger Darren Rebello and Sanwil D’Costa, while Sporting made the same number of changes with goalkeeper Melroy Fernandes and U-20 midfielder Joston Cardoz making a start for the Flaming Orange.

Vasco should have taken the lead in the very 4th minute when Vasco skipper Penn Orji found the loose ball outside and went for the glory from distance but his strike missed the target narrowly with Sporting keeper Melroy completely out of position.

A few minutes later, Vasco made another swift attack from the right flank as Moises D’Sa made a long pass to striker Beneston Barretto in the box but Sporting keeper Melroy came off the line to collect the same before the striker could do any damage to his goal.

Sporting took 23 minutes to create their first potent chance as Alesh Sawant’s corner was headed towards goal by Cajetan Fernandes but Vasco midfielder Moises cleared it off the goal line. The rebound was again struck by U-20 Joston but Moises once again blocked it to keep his side safe.

Sporting had another chance in the 27th minutes when Alesh made a defence-splitting through pass to their U-20 striker Stendly Fernandes in the box but the forward could not put power in his shot from 6-yards as Vasco keeper Sanju Thapa easily collected the same.

A few minutes later, assistant referee Purushotham Mapari pulled Vasco’s Moises for an off side even though he had not crossed the halfway line.

Vasco made another swift attack from the right flank as skipper Penn found Beneston at the top of the box with a fine cross but the striker shot wide.

Sporting replied with a quick attack as Marcus Mascarenhas set up Stendly with just the keeper to beat but Vasco custodian Thapa surged ahead to thwart the U-20 striker in a one-on-one situation.

With just a minute forthe halftime whistle, Sporting had another chance as substitute Mauvin Borges went for the glory from the edge of the box but his strike rebounded off the crossbar.

On changing the ends, Sporting were awarded a freekick just outside the box but Vasco keeper Thapa made a diving effort to push Cajetan’s shot for a corner.

At the other end, Sporting’s skipper Clemente Joseph brought down Vasco’s substitute striker Henry Ezeh and referee Tejas pointed towards the penalty spot. Vasco defender Sanwil sent Sporting keeper Melroy the wrong way to give his team the lead in the 63rd minute.

Sporting made several attacks on Vasco and almost found the equaliser in the 72nd minute when Cajetan’s free kick was nicely headed to Mauvin by Marcus in the goalmouth but Vasco keeper Thapa made a timely punch to clear the danger on the goal line.

Down by a goal, Sporting coach Mateus Costa used hisremaining two substitutions bringing in Akeraj Martins and Victorino Fernandes. Sporting finally managed to level back from the spot kick in the 75th minute as Vasco’s Rugved Yeole pushed down Sporting striker Marcus in the box to give away the penalty .Cajetan made no mistake to convert and level the score.

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