Margao, Jan 17 (IANS) Hosts Sporting Clube de Goa were held to a goalless draw by newcomers DSK Shivajians in an I-League football clash at the Fatorda stadium here on Sunday.
Sporting coach Mateus Costa fielded Rowllin Borges and Glan Martins in place of Cajetan Fernandes and Mauvin Borges into the starting eleven.
Shivajians coach Derrick Pereira named Subrata Paul in goal and Haroon Amiri as his leader in defence.
Paul was pressed into action in the 10th minute when Sporting’s Nigerian striker Odafa Okolie tested him from distance with a strong shot.
Both teams lacked attacking intensity and incisiveness in the first half.
Paul made another good save in the 28th minute when Nicholas Fernandes played Mahmoud al Amna through. But his shot was again well blocked by Paul.
Both teams went into the break without scoring at half-time.
Shivajians came out stronger after the break with Indrajit Chougale attempting a strong volley that was blocked by Sporting’s goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya.
Indrajit was again in the thick of things in the 56th minute but his weak shot this time posed no trouble for Sporting.
Borges got their first opportunity of the second half in the 59th for Sporting.
But he could only manage a weak attempt at goal after being set up by Odafa.
Indrajeet continued to be a threat for Sporting as minutes later his rasping shot needed a diving stop from Arindam that kept the scoreline goalless.
Chances fell to both teams after that but none were able to capitalise on them adding to the frustration of both teams.
Both teams got their first points of the campaign. Sporting now has a point after two matches while debutants Shivajians got off the mark in their first match.