CPD FOOTBALL | THE BLOG | The World of Indian football and beyond by Chris Punnakkattu Daniel

Sporting Clube de Goa knock out Churchill Brothers to retain cup

Sporting Clube de Goa - GFA Knock-Out Cup Champions

Sporting Clube de Goa - GFA Knock-Out Cup Champions

Sporting Clube de Goa retained the GFA Knock-Out Cup after overcoming Churchill Brothers SC 1-0 at the Cuncolim Ground on Monday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the breather.

Sporting Goa had a first look at the goal when Anthony Wolfe flashed a header across the danger zone, but Sumeet Passi’s header flew just wide of the post.

In the 28th minute, Sporting Goa took the lead when Anthony Wolfe used his devastating pace to make a burst to the byline, before neatly cutting the ball back for Captain Rowllin Borges to lead by example and slice into the bottom corner.

Just before the interval, Sporting Goa midfielder Cajetan Fernandes tried an audacious lob from 45 yards out which had the Churchill goalkeeper at full stretch to tip over the cross bar.

After the change of ends the high tempo of the game remained constant as both teams were fully focused on winning.

Churchill Brothers’ menacing forward Odafe Okolie came closest to finding the equalizer when he stormed down on goal, but the brave Sporting Goa custodian Ravi Kumar dived at his feet to bring the situation under control.

In the end a disciplined performance from the Flaming Oranje, saw them come away with a sweet victory.

GFA President Elvis Gomes was present along with other GFA members. Sporting Goa took home the winner’s trophy and the Rs. 1 Lakh prize money, while Churchill Brothers had to settle for the runners up trophy and a cheque of Rs. 50,000.