MARGAO: A goal each from Gammy Costa and Joel Camara helped Margao Sports Club to blank NRB Vasco Sports Club 2-0 in a GFA Kingfisher Pro League football match at panchayat ground, Raia, Monday. Margao led 1-0 at the breather.
medium; text-align: justify;">Margao enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possessions in both sessions with midfielder Sanford Cardozo controlling the midfield with aplomb and keeping his forwards busy with a stream of passes. Meanwhile, Vasco were a subdued lot and failed to function as a cohesive unit.
Margao conducted well orchestrated raids but failed to convert them. Margao almost took the lead but striker Gammy Costa’s try was thwarted away by the Vasco defence.
After a couple of misses, Margao forged ahead in the 37th minute when Gammy picked up the ball from Sanford Cardozo and beat the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot.
Spurred by the success, Margao galvanized their attacks and harassed the rival defenders with raids. Margao nearly doubled their lead when striker Joel Camara’s rasping shot missed the mark narrowly.
Post resumption, Margao continued to dictate terms and swarmed all over the rival territory. Gammy failed to convert another opportunity when he failed to connect a well measured pass from Joel Camara.
Margao doubled their lead in the 51st minute when Joel received the ball in his own half, out paced his markers and beat the rival goalkeeper hands down with a stiff grounder.
Vasco struggled to conjure any noteworthy moves. They almost reduced the deficit but striker Gaurish Naik’s rasping shot missed the mark narrowly.
Earlier, the match was delayed for about 22 minutes since Vasco failed to bring the players’ registration cards. Sources disclosed that about six players of Vasco did not have registration card. Sensing something fishy, Margao officials lodged a protest stating that six players did not have valid registration cards. Acting upon the protest, the supervising officials began checking the names on the players list and found that the six players did not posses the requisite cards. Better sense prevailed and the referee asked the Vaaco officials to delete the names of the six players and asked them to submit the names of the players who had valid cards.
A sparse crowd attended the match as GFA failed to inform the publications about the fixture.