Kalyani Football Ground at 3 P.M
FC GOA BEAT ARMY GREEN 1-0 AT KALYANI STADIUM
In the 23rd minute, FC Goa gets a free-kick. Lalawmpuia takes the free-kick from the edge of the penalty box but Sarath Narayanan, the Army Green goalkeeper makes a brilliant save to deny FC Goa a lead. Barely four minutes later, in the 27th minute, Army Green concede a penalty, Liston Colaco hits it straight into the hands of Narayanan but manages to convert it to a goal.
Army Green, the defending champions of India’s oldest football tournament, came closest to level the score in the 31st minute but a timely last touch from Leander D Cunha, the FC Goa captain spoiled their chance. Four minutes later, D Cunha’s long range shot hit the crossbar.
In the second half, Lalawmpuia missed a penalty for FC Goa thereby preventing his team to take a 2-0 lead. Towards the fag end of the match, at the injury time, the match saw some rise in activity. A great double save from FC Goa’s Antonio Dylan denied Army Green a goal. A minute later, Army Green defender Subash Limbu made a goal-line save. The final chance for FC Goa to make the scoreboard look 2-0 was dashed when Narayanan made another save at 90+4.
Thus FC Goa had to remain happy with a 1-0 win. Their next match is against Chennai City FC on August 14, while the Army Green will meet Real Kashmir FC on August 10, both matches being at Kalyani Stadium.