FC Goa started their campaign in the 2021 season of the GFA Women’s League on a winning note thanks to a 1-0 win over Futebol Club YFA on Sunday at the Rosary High School Football Ground in Navelim.
A strike from close range in the 60th-minute from Sujata Shetty wrapped up all three points for the Gaurs on the day.
The Gaurs started the game on the front foot, passing the ball around at will while looking particularly threatening from set-pieces. The midfield looked particularly impressive with Flani Costa playing a pivotal role in the more advanced role.
The opposition was restricted from getting into any kind of dangerous areas. Even when they resorted to long balls, Astrid Pereira did brilliantly in the FC Goa goal to sweep off any threat.
The Gaurs were given a golden opportunity in the first half when they got a penalty following a handball from a corner. Stessi Cardozo, though, couldn’t make the most of the opportunity, missing the target from her effort.
FC Goa were back in the groove immediately after the break and struck within five minutes of the restart. A long-range effort from a direct free kick nearly marked the season-opener with a bang. However, as it crashed off of the crossbar, it fell kindly to Sujata in the box. Thankfully for the Gaurs, she sorted her feet out in quick time before slotting the ball into the back of the net.
The Gaurs midfield largely controlled the game following the goal and helped Sugitesh Mandrekar’s girls secure a win in their very first match of the season.
FC Goa will be back in action in the GFA Vedanta Women’s League on March 4 to take on Compassion FC. The match is slated for an 8:15 am kickoff at the Duler Stadium.
FC Goa Women: Astrid Pereira – Geneive Jacklin Fernandes, Joyvi Fernandes, Remediana Socorina Noronha, Stessi Cardozo, Kimberly Fernandez, Vailanka D’Souza [C], Flani Costa, Sujata Shetty, Joizima Fernandes, Neefa Gonsal Clemente
Substitute: Leifa Carvalho, Kulsum Shaikh, Malvita Mascarenhas, Swizel Carvalho, Atiriya Narayan, Aqsa Sayed, Gail Fernandes, Anline Fernandes, Rebecca Mascarenhas