Macarton, Robin, Edwin On Target As Blues Mount Incredible Comeback Win In Debut Futsal Encounter
A resilient Bengaluru FC side came from two goals down to win 3-2 against Sporting Clube de Goa in their Hero Futsal Club Championship opener, at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium, in Delhi, on Friday. Lloyd Cardozo (14’) and Rohit Totad (26’) gave the hosts a 2-0 lead before strikes from Macarton Nickson (31’), Robin Yadav (34’) and Edwin Rossario (38’) saw Govardhan Gowda’s young side claim all the points.
Bengaluru started on the front foot with shots from Bekey Oram, Manish Chaudhary and Omega Vanlalhruaitluanga, but found themselves on the backfoot just eight minutes into the first half when Shighil NS was shown a second yellow card for a bookable offence. Coach Govardhan Gowda made several substitutions in an effort to shuffle things up, and held fort for the stipulated two-minute period before being allowed parity of personnel.
Against the run of play, Sporting Clube de Goa took the lead as Lloyd Cardozo slotted home after being allowed space outside the box. Looking to respond, Bengaluru pushed forward once again but met a stubborn Ozen Silva in the Goa goal. Shots from Kamalesh Palanisamy and Robin Yadav were pushed away by the Sporting custodian before he managed to get in the way of Macarton Nickson’s effort from close range late in the first half.
The hosts were a man down within two minutes of the second period when Clive Miranda’s challenge on Bengaluru ’keeper Manik Baliyan earned him a sending off. The Blues, however, failed to capitalize on the advantage, as Sporting held on to preserve their lead. Six minutes into the second half, Rohit Totad scored the hosts’ second goal, poking Robin’s header over Baliyan before the Blues’ goalkeeper could get a hand to it.
Bengaluru pulled one back just past the hour mark when Bekey’s clipped pass found Macarton, who was able to take a touch and slot home from close range past Silva to make it 2-1. Only moments later, skipper Robin dispossessed a Sporting player before slotting home once again to make it 2-2.
The Blues pushed forward in search of a late winner but strikes from Bekey and Macarton were pushed away. With just two minutes left to play, the pressure paid off as Macarton’s pass to Edwin saw the Blues’ attacker take a touch and slot home through the legs of Silva for all the points.
Bengaluru face Speed Force FC in their second Group B fixture of the Hero Futsal Club Championship, at the same venue, at 7.30 pm on Sunday.