Goa-India defeated Macau-China 2-0 in second semi-final of Goa Lusophonia Games 2014 Men’s Football event on Sunday evening at Fatorda Stadium Goa.
Goa-India will take on Mozambique in the final on 28th January.
The trend is changing. Amidst the horde of foreign recruits, an Indian has made it a habit of scoring crucial goals in crunch situations. It’s now a regular feature whenever Churchill Bothers play.
Put your hands together to applaud the Singh from Hoshiarpur. Balwant Singh is the ‘King’ for the Goan outfit at the moment. He opened the scoring for Churchill Brothers to set the tone in the Final of the 35th Federation Cup against Sporting Clube de Goa at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Cochin on Saturday (January 25).
Churchill sustained the momentum and wrapped it up in style. Riding on goals from Balwant, Alesh Sawant and Abdel Hamid Shabana, Churchill Brothers romped home convincingly as they beat Sporting Clube 3-1 in an one-sided Final to lift their maiden Federation Cup title. For Sporting Clube, Victorino Fernandes reduced the margin.
Looking back, one also needs to applaud Churchill’s team-effort. The discipline, both on and off the field was visible right from day one. Coach Mariano Dias planned differently keeping in mind his rival Team as Churchill went better with every match. Deserving Winners, no doubt!
With both Teams preferring to play safe, Balwant felt it best to break the deadlock in the 21st minute. Collecting a ball from Denzil Franco, Balwant with his deft feint sidestepped Joyner Lourenco, went past Sporting Goalkeeper Ravi Kumar and placed it into the net. The Churchill trademark, of taking the lead in all the Matches, continued.
The crowd preferred to backtrack and find out – this was Balwant’s fourth goal in the Tournament.
Churchill’s second goal came immediately after resumption, An unmarked Sawant had all the time in World to tap in Wolfe’s centre after the Sporting defence failed to react and clear it in time.
More was in store. Shabana, who till then, was playing the perfect foil to Lenny Rodrigues, made it 3-0 in the 65th minute. The former collected a Thangjam Singh through pass and placed it past Sporting Goalkeeper Ravi Kumar.
Victorino Fernandes did pull one back for Sporting in the 67th minute when he tapped in Kalu’s through pass before Churchill Goalkeeper Lalit Thapa could intercept it. But it didn’t change the fortune of the match.
Earlier, no Team was willing to the risk early and preferred to play it safe. Though the ball travelled from one box to the other, none were able to penetrate.
It was not till the 16th minute before any attack looked threatening until Churchill Brothers’ Anthony Wolfe sped down the left flank to sneak into the rival box only to be thwarted by a composed Gonzalo Neila.
Sporting on the other hand, preferred to attack down the right, Bevan d’Mello trying to unsettle their Goan neighbours with his speed. But the Churchill defence wasn’t porous.
Post Balwant’s goal, it could have been disastrous for Sporting had not an alert Ravi Kumar cleared the danger after Neila had failed to intercept a long ball. Add to that, Wolfe losing his balance, Sporting were lucky indeed.
Churchill, by then, had taken over the reins of the match. Shabana, in an effort to blast it in, hit the post. He collected the ‘second-ball’ following a Thangnam corner-kick and even as Ravi Kumar flung himself full, it beat his hands and bounced back off the post as Churchill held onto their one-goal lead at the interval.
In the second half, Churchill Goalkeeper Lalit Thapa’s reflexes came to his Team’s rescue when he saved a blinder – a Ogba Kalu placement from inside the 6-yard box. It happened in the 48th minute.
Churchill could have added added more to their tally but it wasn’t destined. First, Joyner cleared Shabana’s placement as it was addressed to the net and then, in the next minute (85th), Wolfe failed to address it into an open net.
The Champions went back richer by Rs. 25 lakh while the Runners-up collected Rs. 15 lakh.
Manipur have announced 20 players squad for north-east zone qualification round of 68th Santosh Trophy senior state football championship 2014 which will take place at Aizawal from 27th January to 1st February.
Defenders : Oken Singh, T. Raju Singh, Th. Itomba Singh, A. Herojit Singh, A. Meino Singh, Mohammed Sohail, Daniel Lhmar
Midfielders : L. Gouro Singh, Mohammed Imran Khan, N. Sushil Singh, Mohammed Riyash Khan, Christopher Kamei, H. Chakravorti
Forwards : Mohammed Sahidur Rehman, L. Sanatomba Singh, Kh Satish Singh, Th. Premkumar Singh, Kh. Naoton Singh
Head Coach : S. Premkanta Singh
Andhra Pradesh Football Association (APFA) have named their squad for south zone qualifying round of 68th AIFF Santosh Trophy 2014 which will held at Jwaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai. Striker Shashank Mouzam will lead the side in the competition midfielder B.V. Vimal will be his deputy.
Andra Pradesh is drawn against Andaman & Nicobar Islands (26th Jan) Kerala (28th Jan) Karnataka (30th Jan) Tamil Nadu (3rd Feb).
Andra Pradesh Squad
R. Raji Naidu, K. Hari Babi
R. Tatem Naidu, Mazher Ali, Syed Khaleel, R. Sai Rakesh, Kadheer Khan, Koteshwar Rao
A.R. Naidu, D. Joshva, Alfred, D. Kumar, B.V. Vimal (Vice Captain), Vamshi Krishna
Shashank Mouzam (Captain), Teja Pavan, Bhasker Reddy, Mohammed Saleemuddin, SMH Talha
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Team Manager :
Kerala Football Association have annouced their 20 men squad for South Zone Qualifiers of 68th Santosh Trophy 2014 without last year’s captain Rahul P who is out with ankle injury. State Bank Of Travancore goalkeeper Jean Christian PA will lead the side in the tournament while forward Kannan Rajendran will be deputy to Christian.
Kerala is drawn along with Tamil Nadu (26th Jan), Andra Pradesh (28th Jan), Andaman & Nicobal Ilands (1st Feb) & Karnataka (3rd Feb) in their qualification group their matches will be held at Jwaharlal Nehru Stadium Chennai.
Jean Christian PA (Captain), Noufal N, Nishad PP
Sherin Sam, Sujith VV, Johnson N, Anagh BK, Shaji A, Lijo S, Sujith T
Shibin Lal VK, Jipson Justus, Anish KP, Jijo Joseph, Prasson R, Prameesh KV
Usman P, Suhair VP, Naseerudhin C, Kannan Rajendran (Vice Captain)
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Odisha has named their 20 men squad for 68th Santosh Trophy 2014. Odisha will play their zonal round matches at Paljore Stadium, Sikkim.
Shyam Sundar Reddy, Sheikh Kamaluddin
Shekhar Sarkar, Sashi Toppo, Basudev Chhachhan, Sahanawaz Alam, Sheikh Sahabaaz Alam, A. Khaneya, Gobinda Senapati
Sasikanta Rout, Somnath Naik, Sheikh Moin, Sanatan Lohar, Sylvester, Sheikh Zaheed, Suresh Kujjur
Niranjan Sardar, Sheikh Mustakim (Captain), Antarjami Naik, Arjun Nayek
Head Coach : Rajendra Prasad Singh
Goalkeeper Coach : Gopabandhu Sahoo ,
Manager : Mohammed Shahid Jabbar
Once upon a time part of the Spice Route, Cochin stayed witness to all the spice.
Ingredients, they say, make a Football match. Two teams, all disciplined, served on platter some entertaining Football in the second semifinal of the 35th Federation Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Cochin on Thursday (January 23). Three goals in the last 18 minutes, the last of which came two minutes prior to the Final whistle, kept everyone guessing.
Even as Sporting Clube went back with their hands over the Head and Dempo SC with their hands on the Head, the age-old Cliché resurfaced. ‘Football stayed the winner.’ Tenacity, agility, perseverance – there wasn’t any dearth of any.
Sporting Clube de Goa prevailed 3-2 over Dempo SC in the second semifinal to book a summit clash withChurchill Brothers in the Final. This will be the first ever all-Goan affair in a Federation Cup Final.
Anthony Garcia converted two penalties for Sporting after Boima Karpeh had opened the scoring in the 30th minute; while Tolgay Ozbey and Amiri scored one each for Dempo.
Dempo seized the initiative early. They pressed hard and pushed Sporting Clube into their own half. They even earned three corners in the first three minutes and though all the three had different variations, it didn’t yield any result.
Their first real crack at the rival goal came in the 10th minute. Alwyn George lobbed over the Sporting defence for Tolgay but Sporting Goalkeeper Ravi Kumar was equal to the task.
There was another close shave for the Sporting goal in the 15th minute. Clifford Miranda sped down the left but there was no one to meet his centre as it went past to Sporting goalmouth.
Beto, by then, was turning out to be omnipresent. Blessed with deft touches, one of his lay-ups tried to find Tolgay on the left flank but Ravi intercepted it to clear the danger. Two minutes later, Tolgay was booked for an offence on Mathew Gonsalves.
Sporting didn’t have much to boast during the period except a quick one-two between Rowlin Borges and Victorino Fernandes on the edge of the Dempo box. Such was the precision and speed thorough it was executed that the Dempo defence was caught on the wrong foot; and had not Victorino slipped, it would have been an acid test for Dempo Goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani, who hadn’t been tested till then.
However, at the half-hour mark, Kattimani, couldn’t keep at bay Boima Karpeh’s placement as much against the run of play, Sporting went ahead.
Dempo did retaliate earning a free-kick down the left but it went abegging.
The wind in the sail, thereafter, changed. Having absorbed the initial pressure, the Flaming Oranje started to flourish – a glimpse of which was on display when Victorino sidestepped Debabrata Roy in a flash but his shot bounced back from the jungle of legs.
Victorino’s sharpness kept the rival defence guessing two minutes before the interval, but even as he went past his marker, the Dempo defence recovered in time.
Meanwhile at the other end, an onrushing Ravi Kumar, handled the ball outside the box as tried to intercept it earlier than Alwyn George. Off the resultant free-kick, Beto tried to bend it in but Ravi made amends fisting off the danger.
Changing over, Dempo earned two bookings within a span of two minutes. First, Debabrata was booked in the 49th minute for bringing down Bevan D’Mello as the latter had sneaked past. If that was not enough, Pronay Halder brought down Boima just outside the box the former, all in control, looked unstoppable.
In an effort to make an impact, Beto and Alwyn were constantly seen interchanging among themselves. Coach Arthur Papas brought in the fresh legs of Holicharan Narzary in place of Clifford Miranda, the first substitution for Dempo happening in the 59th minute.
Even as Dempo attached relentlessly, the compact Sporting defence didn’t give way. Sporting stayed content in slowing it down and defending at times with even 10-men. The ball did roam around and sometimes even inside the Dempo box, but they weren’t able to penetrate in the real sense.
Just at the time when it seemed Sporting would run home, Beto’s sublime touch broke the shackle. A tap, enveloped in sheer class, hoodwinked the entire rival defence and surprisingly found Tolgay in the clear. The ice-cool Aussie striker, took all his time, held his composure and banged it past Ravi Kumar for Dempo’s equaliser in the 72nd minute.
Understandably, Dempo looked much rejuvenated, but couldn’t hold onto it for long. In the 82nd minute, in an effort to clear a corner, Amiri handled the ball inside the box. Substitute Anthony Garcia made no mistake form the spot.
Surprisingly, even Sporting couldn’t hold onto it for long. Desperate to make amends, Amiri found it best to answer in style when he blasted home a Tolgay pass for the equaliser with just two minutes left for the final whistle.
The extra-time needed some extra effort and both Teams lived up to the expectations. It was Sporting who again surged into the lead in the 105th minute; and this time too, through a penalty. Garcia converted his second one of the match after Holicharan Narzary had brought down Prathesh Shirodkar inside the box.
Sporting could have sealed the fate of the match in the 113th minute had not Keenan Almeida, after being fed by Boima not gone glory himself. Even as Boima, all unmarked waited for the square pass, Almeida decided to have a crack.
Dempo’s last chance came with two free-kicks from just outside the box. But the Sporting defended with pride.
Churchill Brothers defeated Mohun Bagan 2-1 to advance to the semifinal of the 35thFederation Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Cochin on Thursday (January 23). All the goals came in the first half. While Balwant Singh and Anthony Wolfe scored for the winners, Odafa Okolie reduced the margin for the Kolkata Team. This is Churchill Brothers’ maiden entry to the Final of the Federation Cup.
In the two of their earlier Group League matches, Churchill Brothers had scored early. They managed to live up to the tradition as they took the lead in the 4th minute. And it came of a set-piece.
The Bagan defence watched as an unmarked Balwant Singh headed in Thangjam Singh’s corner past Bagan custodian Shilton Paul. Who said Indians don’t score in Indian Football?
The early goal inspired Churchill more. On the contrary, Bagan seemed to run out of ideas. Churchill preferred to play among themselves. There was always support for the other. The workload shared by Lenny Rodrigues and Abdel Hamid Shabana was exemplary.
If the first goal was a wake-up call, the second came ten minutes later — in the 14th minute. Balwant received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and as he turned past Aiborlang Khongjee, the latter brought him down. Who says Indians aren’t impact Players?
Anthony Wolfe made no mistake to convert from the spot. It was barely 14 minutes and Churchill, with all in control, were already 2-0 up.
The trend continued for the first 20 minutes as most of the play stayed restricted to Bagan’s half. Whenever Bagan tried to attacked, everything was mostly directed towards Odafa Okolie, making it all the easier for their rivals.
Odafa wasn’t allowed to turn and when he did for the first time in the 30th minute, he set up Ram Malik in the clear. But as Ram was that split second late in pulling the trigger, Ravanan Dharamraj recovered to thwart the danger.
It was in the 32nd minute that Bagan had their first crack at the Churchill goal. But Yusa Katsumi’s shot was palmed away by Lalit Thapa.
However, Odafa reduced the margin for Bagan the very next minute. The Nigerian chested Denson’s through pass and placed it past Thapa.
With the lost confidence regained, Bagan looked a bit more purposeful in the last 15 minutes of the first half. They could have made it 2-2 but an alert Thapa defied Odafa after the Nigerian had sidestepped Denzil Franco and tried to place it in.
Post resumption, Churchill survived a scare in the 54th minute. Christopher Chiboza trapped Odafa’s pass but his left-footer agonisingly hit the post after beating a diving Thapa.
Churchill’s first chance in the second half came in the 63rd minute. Jason Vales, with a sudden burst of speed went past Shouvik Ghosh but Paul managed to fist his effort for a corner.
It could have been all over for Bagan in the 71st minute but another of Balwant’s header, all addressed to the net, beat all and hit the post. The very next minute, Wolfe’s centre went past the Bagan goalmouth even as a desperate Vales tried to make contact. Shilton was all beaten.
Churchill stayed dominant for the remaining part of the match. Bagan looked listless and as the match progressed, faded away.
FIRST SEMIFINAL – Churchill Brothers vs Mohun Bagan
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Cochin
Date: January 23, 2014
Kick-off: 4:30 pm (Live on Ten Action)
ROAD TO FINAL:
Churchill Brothers (Finished as Group A toppers with 9 points)
Match 1: Beat United SC 2-1
Match 2: Beat Eagles FC 2-1
Match 3: Beat Pune FC 3-2
Mohun Bagan (Finished as Group C Toppers with 7 points)
Match 1: Beat Mumbai FC 1-0
Match 2: Beat Shillong Lajong FC 6-0
Match 3: Drew with Salgaocar SC 1-1
FROM THE HISTORY BOOK:
Total matches played between both Teams in Federation Cup: 5
Number of matches won by Churchill Brothers: 1
Number of matches won by Mohun Bagan: 2
Number of matches drawn: 2
Number of goals scored by Churchill Brothers: 7
Number of goals scored by Mohun Bagan: 10
Last two meetings in Federation Cup:
September 21, 2011 (Pune)
Mohun Bagan 2 (Jose Ramirez Barreto, Sunil Chhetri)
Churchill Brothers 2 2(Henri Antchouet – brace)
September 20, 2013 (Siliguri):
Mohun Bagan 0
Churchill Brothers 0
Highest margin of victory:
June 29, 1997 (Guwahati)
Mohun Bagan 6 (Cheema Okorie – four goals; Basudeb Mondal, Abdul Khalique)
Churchill Brothers 0
SEMIFINAL II – Dempo SC vs Sporting Clube de Goa
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Cochin
Date: January 23, 2014
Kick-off: 7.30 pm (Live on Ten Action)
ROAD TO FINAL:
Dempo SC (Finished as Group D toppers with 7 points)
Match 1: Beat Bhowanipore SC 2-1
Match 2: Beat USFC 3-0
Match 3: Drew with Md. Sporting 0-0
Sporting Clube de Goa (Finished as Group B toppers with 6 points
Match 1: Lost to Bengaluru FC 3-5
Match 2: Beat East Bengal 2-1
Match 3: Beat Rangdajied FC: 2-0
FROM THE HISTORY BOOK:
The two teams have met only one in the Federation Cup in the semifinal of the 2001 edition.
Dempo SC 2 (Sameer Naik, Levy Coelho)
Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Francis Andrade)