Salcette capture Goans soccer title
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
SALCETTE were crowned champions of the Basma Bahrain Goans Seven-a-Side Soccer League following a goalless draw against CRC Chinchinim in their season-ending affair played at Al Qadisiya grounds in Salmaniya.
The victors took home the Fr Felicio Diniz Rolling Trophy with the result.
Both teams played a fast-paced style from the kick-off. Chinchinim were the more active side to start and appeared certain to score, but their strikers failed on repeat attempts when they had only the goalkeeper to beat.
The second half saw Salcette play a more defensive game, as they knew that a draw would earn them the title.
Chinchinim required an outright win to take the crown, and pushed hard for the winner in the match's final 15 minutes.
But Salcette's defence, anchored by former Goan senior division player Beta Sequeira, stood their ground until the final whistle.
With the teams sharing the points, Salcette ended their league campaign with 32 to top the standings, followed by Chinchinim with 31 points for second place.
Vasco finished third with 28 points, as they ended their year with a 2-2 draw against Benaulim. Vasco's goals came in the second half through Hilary Sanches and Mario Palha, while Benaulim's openers were scored by Tony Fernandes and Michael D'Souza.
Benaulim's goalkeeper Malcolm Miranda was named the player of the week for his fine performance between the posts in their match against Vasco.
The complete league classification will be determined tonight after former champions Navelim play the competition's last match against Calangute Benfica at the same venue. Kick-off is scheduled for 8.30pm.
The league is played under the patronage of the Young Goans Club, and is sponsored by Basma and co-sponsored by Gulf Computer Services and Union Press.