GOA: Vasco Sports Club will be looking to win season’s first Cross-Town derby match when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in their Group D opening fixture of the 1st AWES Cup 2017, at Duler Football Stadium, on Monday at 4:00 pm.
“I am not worried about our opponent; we will be playing our game. I have best youngsters in my ranks along with some experienced seniors. However, there are two injuries in the squad, a midfielder and a defender is injured. So we will take a final call on them tomorrow.” Vasco head coach Eban Misquita said.
Vasco did not enjoy their pre season at their best as they had experienced mix with two defeats at the start at the hands of Salgaocar FC and FC Goa, followed by a commanding 3-1 win over FC Goa, but their last two friendlies ended in a hard fought 2-2 draw against Corps of Signals and Guardian Angel SC.
“This is our first match and I have not seen Vasco playing. So we will go out there and our style of football. I had a very good preseason and I will be happy to see my boys carry in that form.” SCG head coach Mateus Costa said.
SCG coach Costa has managed to build a strong team roping in Peter Carvalho, Alesh Sawant and Girish Naik from FC Bardez. While, he has also managed to retain most of their last season players which helped them to finished runners up in the Goa Professional League 2016-17, making them one of the strong sides in the Goan football. Sporting had a very successful preseason, compared to the Port Towners as they were unbeaten in their all five matches. Their recent win was against Corps, defeating them 2-0.
It was 3-0 in the favour of the Panjim based club when they had met in the Goa Pro League match last December. However, Vasco assistant coach-cum-player Mickey Fernandes expecting a good fight between the two sides as he said “I am expecting a good show down from my boys. They are giving more than 100% in the practice sessions and trying hard to get prove their calibre to get into the starting XI. I think this positive attitude will help the team to perform well.”