Kochi: It’s a first in the history of Federation Cup. Saturday will see an all-Goa final as Sporting Clube de Goa edged past Dempo SC 3-2 after 120 minutes of entertaining football at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, here, on Thursday.
Boimah Karpeh gave Clube the lead in the 30th minute. Tolgay Ozebe restored parity for Dempo in the 72nd minute. In the 82nd minute, Arturo Garcia converted a penalty to give Clube the lead again, only to see Zoib Islam Amiri making it 2-2 two minutes before full time.
In the extra-time, Garcia got his second when he converted a penalty in the 107th minute. It was probably the best match of the tournament. And at times, was also physical. There were shoves, pushes, and prods. It was all drama as both Clube and Dempo refused to yield an inch.
For the record, Clube entered the final for the third time and whoever is victorious on Saturday — Clube or Churchill Brothers — it will be their maiden Federation Cup triumph.
Clube took the lead at the half-hour mark. Dempo goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani couldn’t keep Boima’s placement at bay. Having absorbed the initial pressure, Clube started to flourish.
“Our best match of the tournament… We showed great character,” Oscar Bruzon could not stop praising his boys.
Clube: Ravi Kumar, Mathew Gonsalves, Keenan Almeida, Beevan D’Melo (Jovel Martins 63), Victorino Fernandes (Arturo Garcia 65), Joyner Lourenco, Prathesh Shirodkar, Rowlin Borges, Ogba Kalu, Rovan Pereira, Boima Karpeh.
Dempo: Laxmikant Kattimani, Debabrata Roy, Simon Colosimo, Peter Carvalho, Narayan Das (Romeo Fernandes 79), Beto, Clifford Miranda (Holicharan Narzary 57), Pronoy Halder, Zoib Islam Amiri, Alywn George (Sanju Pradhan 75), Tolgay Ozebe
Referee: CR Sri Krishnan