Match Report Dona Paula vs Aguada Waves - July 20, 2016

Dona Paula snatches a point with an excellent performance.

By: Cippy D’Cruz

Led by a strong defensive performance from veteran Roy Fernandes, Vijay Rayavarapu, Hatesh Sequeira and Brice Cardozo, Dona Paula put up a sterling performance in holding the last years champions Aguada Waves to a 1-1 tie at the Victoria Stadium, Brampton, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Dona Paula in their maiden appearance in the Goan Soccer League this year, have garnered 6 points in 7 games having won a game and tied 3.  Aguada Waves is 4-2-1 with 14 points sitting in the second position.

Aguada started the game at a fast pace with excellent showing from Cryuff Dos Remedios and Lester Fernandes up front.  Time and again Lester managed to break the defense and run through the gaps and attempt a shot at the goal.  Jon Rego in the goal for Dona Paula was very alert and stopped most of the attempts from Lester.

In the 15 minutes Aguada Waves was finally rewarded with a goal from a fine effort by Lester.  A defense splitting through ball between two defenders saw Lester chasing the ball.  Jon Rego hesitated in coming out which gave the ball possession to Lester.  This was a virtual gift for Lester as he converted with an easy placement to give his team a 1-0 lead.

This goal however opened up the game.  Dona Paula who was under constant attack conceding 7 corner kicks in the first half, showed some glimpses of their attacking power as well.  Jason Rego along with Ajay Pacheco excelled in the mid field.  Up front, it was Clyde D’Souza who was creating havoc in the Aguada defense with his excellent dribbling skills.  In the 25th minute Clyde was brought down at the top of the box.  The resultant free kick taken by Adi Rayavarapu was beautifully converted by Rohit Nazareth heading the ball past the Aguada goalkeeper’s right to tie the game.

Aguada Waves maintained the pressure and on couple of occasions, with only the goalkeeper to beat, both Andrew Fernandes and Lester Fernandes were guilty of missed chances.  Jon Rego, the Dona Paula goalkeeper was at his best coming out and covering the angles and denying the Aguada Waves further consolidating their lead.

Not to be outdone, Dona Paula counter attacked whenever an opportunity came their way.  Jason Rego and Ajay Pacheco playing in the midfield for Dona Paula matched Cryuff Dos Remedios and Ian Fernandes, comparatively much skillful and experienced players, in every department.  In the dying minutes of the first half Jason Rego sent in a nice overhead pass in the box.  Craig Lobo met the ball and headed it in with perfect timing but unfortunately for him and Dona Paula the ball hit the upright corner and went out of play.

The second half saw the play confined to midfield.  Both teams managed to attack in short periods.  Andrew D’Souza didn’t have much to do safeguarding Aguada’s goal.  John Rego for Dona Paula showed safe pair of hands whenever tested by Aguada Waves.