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Calangute Association recorded a thrilling 3-2 win over Panjim Footballers in the Selvel Goa Professional League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Tuesday.
Siddhant Shirodkar (9’,12’) scored a brace while Sidharth Kundaikar scored the third. Panjim scored through Llyod Cardozo (43’) and Pandurang Gauns (48’). Calangute’s Jirjar Terang was sent off late in the second half after receiving a second booking.
Calangute Association made two changes as Krishnanath Shirdokar and Siddhant Shirodkar returned to the playing XI while for Panjim, there were six changes from their heavy defeat against Sporting Clube de Goa.
Calangute Association took the lead out of nowhere in the ninth minute when Akash Sanadi played a back-pass to Janio Fernandes, who failed to clear the ball in time which Siddhant snatched and fired home with a fierce shot.
Calangute looked more threatening after scoring and in the 12th minute deservingly doubled the lead. Nickson Castanha played a long ball to Kouame Junior, who squared the ball in the box which Preston Rego failed to collect. Siddhant, who was lurking in the box, fired home from close to make it 2-0.
Siddhant had a chance to score the hat-trick in the 16th minute when he was sent through on goal by Kouame. The youngster made a darting run from the halfway line but his final shot couldn't find the back of the net. Janio made up for his first-goal error with a crucial block to deny Kouame inside the box.
Panjim’s first shot at goal came in the 34th minute with Vallmiky testing the keeper from a distance. Calangute keeper Paramveer Singh made a diving save to deny Lloyd from outside the box. The rebound nearly found Vallmiky but Krishnanth cleared it in time for a corner.
Panjim finally pulled a goal back in the 43rd minute through Lloyd, who darted into the box upon receiving a pass from Krishna and scored with a low shot past Paramveer.
Panjim Footballers restored parity in the 48th minute when Pandurang Gauns fired a shot from outside the box, which was way beyond Paramveer’s reach. But Calangute Association regained their lead in the 57th minute through Sidharth, who scored with a curling effort from inside the box.
Panjim squandered a chance to restore parity in the next minute when Lloyd squared the ball to Joyson Gauncar, who couldn't connect properly and it came off the crossbar. Preston Rego denied Siddhant his hat-trick in a one-on-one situation with a brilliant save from close.
Calangute Association were reduced to 10 men when Jirjar received his second booking for bringing down Joyson outside the box. However, Calangute held on to their narrow one-goal lead till the final whistle to collect three points.