FC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 3-1 in the fifth round of Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) clash at Benaulim Ground here on Wednesday with the help of two braces from Jovial Dias.
In another game, the wooden spoons at Hyderabad FC Nagoa Ground moved up to third place in the points table with an easy 5-0 win over Mumbai City FC.
Goa, with the win, are sixth with seven points from five matches, and Hyderabad are third with four teams with the same number of points as they are third due to the good record between them. RF Young Champs and Jamshedpur FC are the other two teams at seven points. Two more rounds are to be played at the inaugural RFDL.
Kerala, who could have joined Bengaluru FC to secure a place in the top-two on Wednesday, are in second place (12 points) and need two points from two games to secure their place and place in the next General Cup.
Nihal Sudesh started scoring for Kerala (20th), but Borisan Fernandes (89th) from Jovial’s Brace (42nd, 85th) helped Gauris take the lead for the first time in the game before putting the game to bed.
Kerala captain AYUSH Adhikari swung the ball to the left of midfield for Nihal to see the header, leaving Hrithik Tiwary behind in the Goa goal. Before halftime, Goa got the award for their industry after falling behind, diving to control Muhit Shabir by controlling the ball well inside the Jovial box, playing his first game under the bar for Kerala.
Both teams were level in the second period before Goa turned the screw on their more fabulous rivals in the last five minutes. First, Joviel scooped up a Brison pass over the keeper and behind the net. Four minutes later, Mewan Dias made a darting run to the left of the counter-attack to find Bryson who fired a shot from behind the keeper.
Earlier, undefeated Mumbai needed their best performance to make Hyderabad better, but from the outside, it was the same story for the islanders as Hyderabad was the boss of action.
For Hyderabad, Joseph Sunny (12th), Kaustav Datta (14th Penn), Abhijit Pa (19th) and substitutes Crespo Vanlal Hariyatpuia (88th) and Bishnu Bordaloi (90th) got the back of the net.
Sunny opened the floodgates, coming to the edge of the cross inside the box and showing the strength to get the ball home in front of his marker. Two minutes later, Kaustav fled the scene, trapped inside the brilliant Abhijit area.
Sunny then became the provider, squirting to tap Abhijit after a slick move. Hyderabad could have gone into the break with a 4-0 lead but on a half time stroke c. Lalchungununga’s free kick came from the crossbar.
Coach Shamil Chembakath rang in the post-break changes with Crespo and Bordeloi and made his intentions clear after coming forward with two goals in two late-half minutes. Crespo showed two defenders inside the box and excellent legs inside the box to leave the fire home, with Bordoloi scratching his head at close range two minutes later.