Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sky Star Indian Expatriate Football League: Panjim Footballers Win

Panjim Footballers Win
A controversial penalty with one minute to go for the final whistle denied BFC Kerala United a share of points in the Sky Star Indian Expatriate Football League organised by Bahrain Goans. Kerala United were leading 1-0 at the break against Panjim footballers in a match played at Al Qadisiya ground in Salmaniya on Friday.

The Kerala boys played a well coordinated game against the experienced Panjim Footballers and their efforts bore fruit in the tenth minute of first half when Mohammed Rameesh beat Godwin Pinto in the goal to took a 1-0 lead. The second half saw Panjim Footballers trying hard for the equaliser and in a goal mouth melee Godfrey D’Almeida scored to level the match. Brijesh Khanaujia, who excelled in the Kerala United goal committed a foul on Rockie Fernandes in the penalty box towards the dying minutes of the game and the referee awarded a penalty for Panjim footballers. The Kerala boys protested but the referee stood his ground and Valerio Fernandes scored from the penalty spot to seal the match 2-1 in favor of Panjim Footballers.

In another match Aldona United fielding an energetic young side drew with Riffa Goans 1-1. The Aldona team were all over the Riffa area but the former Goa Universtiy player Edward Sequeira manned his team well to trap the invaders offside. In the second half Gavin Dourado essayed the ball over the Riffa Goans keeper, that hit the goalpost and entered the nets to give Aldona a 1-0 lead. Riffa went all out in search of an equaliser and in a resemblance of the first match, in the dying minutes Shanon Dias was brought down in the penalty area by Bronson Fernandes and Gurpreet Singh made no mistake to convert the penalty ending the match in a draw.

The action continues on Friday (November 18, 2011) with:
1)  AMT Bahrain v/s BFC Kerala United at 2 p.m,
2)  Riffa Goans v/s Panjim Footballers at 3 p.m.; and
3) Aldona United v/s United Footballers at 4 p.m.

Report & Photo by G.R.Crasto
Exclusive for www.goa-world.com


Happy Feast To All Of You, Navelimkars In Bahrain, Gulf, Goa and Around the Globe.
                  May Our Lady of Rosary Bless Us All & Our Families With Peace and Happiness.

GR Crasto & Family / Bahrain
Gasper Crasto & Family / Kuwait


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

SS Nuvem Edge Past Marina Football Club - Sky Star Indian Expatriate Football League

SS Nuvem Edge Past Marina Football Club

SS Nuvem opened their account in the Sky Star Indian Expatriate Football League, Bahrain with a 1 - 0 victory over Marina Football club in a match played on Friday at the Al Qadisiya ground in Salmaniya.

Marina FC started the match on a positive note keeping control of the ball in the initial stages of the matches. The Nuvem boys very first attempt resulted in a corner and Aneez of Marina in a hurry to clear the ball handled the ball inside the penalty box and referee Joaquim D’Costa pointed to the dreaded spot. Nuvem skipper Betal Sequeira made no mistake from the first penalty of the league. With a goal down, Marina regrouped and had a few chances to equalise in the first half. The best opportunity was a well taken shot at goal by left back Sanal which beat the Nuvem goalkeeper Mark Fernandes but the ball missed the far post by inches. In the second half Marina made changes bringing in Anoop in place of Shihab and stopper Aghil moving forward. The changes had negative impact on Marina and the game turned out into a show of abilities by Marina keeper Johnson against the forwards of Nuvem. Nuvem created a dozen of goal bound moves but the keeper thwarted all to lock the score at 1 - 0 till the end. The captain of Marina Paul Joshua conceded that it was better team that won but expressed confidence to do better in the upcoming games.

In another match Sajith scored the only goal of the match to give a winning start to AMT Bahrain. They won the match against Majorda Youth. AMT could have won the match with a bigger margin but the Majorda defence played a stellar role to keep the AMT strikers at bay. A late raid by Majorda Youth saw some good saves from Latheef in the AMT goal to deny an equaliser. Its a happy moment for us to begin the league with a victory said the AMT captain Mohammed Ali.

BFC Kerala United will play Panjim Footballers on Friday (4th November 2011) at 2 p.m. followed by a match between Riffa Goans Football Club against Aldona United at 3.00 p.m at the Al Qadisiya Ground.

Report by GR Crasto for Goaworld.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

1st Indian Expatriate Football League Tournament organized by Bahrain Goans

The first Indian Expatriate Football League organised by Bahrain Goans got off to a flying start with 9 teams participating. The inaugural matches were played last Friday at the Al Qadisiya ground in Salmaniya.

In the very first match of the league BFC Kerala United emerged winners with a narrow 1 - 0 victory over Valankani Boys Nuvem. BFC Kerala United captain Shafique VK lead from the front scoring the only goal of the match in the 5th minute. The Valankani boys lead an all out assault to find an equaliser but a fine goal keeping by Brijesh Kanujia denied them a goal. The Kerala United manager Mehajoob Ambalath, though expressed happiness with the result said that his team need to improve in the midfield to face tougher opponents as the league moves forward.

In the second match Panjim Footballers, fielding several former senior division players from Goa and Maharashtra were held to a goal less draw by Navelim Union. Infact Navelim Union came very close to scoring once in each half through Elton Mascarehas. In the first half his blistering drive from the 30 yards circle sailed inches over the cross bar and in the second half Panjim goalkeeper Godwin Pinto dived at his feet to thwart a goal for Navelim.

League Fixtures for this Friday (Oct 28): AMT Bahrain v/s Majorda Youth 2 p.m. Valankani boys Nuvem v/s Marina Football Club 3 p.m."

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