For this week’s Player of the Week, we have to cast our minds back to Tuesday. The previous week’s winner had just been announced and Goa and ATK were about to do battle to ensure at-least more than one ISL team will progress past their first game in the Super Cup.
The Super Cup has not been easy viewing for any Super League fans as Kerala and Pune both threw away leads to I-League clubs to crash out of the competition quite embarrassingly. Having said all this, the performance of our clubs has also led to this award being ten times harder to hand out. Please sort it out Super League clubs!
Anyway, down to business after being brought up to speed with the mostly disappointing weekly news. No one has yet won this award twice but there’s always time for that change (Clue – It’s happening today).
When thinking of who is capable of winning this twice, not many names come to mind, but, one that does is the Golden Boot winner, Ferran Corominas.
The Spaniard played a pivotal role in securing Goa’s passage in the Super Cup, beating ATK 3-1.
Vs ATK 3-1 | G:1 | A:2
As mentioned, the Super Cup has been brutal to our teams. So, putting two of them together at-least guaranteed one team to go through, right? I know, always look for the positives!
This was to be an intriguing matchup as well, a Goa side who score for fun going up against an ATK side who let’s be honest, really can’t wait for the season to end, maybe a chance for redemption on the line.
It was a cagey first half from both teams, who similarly traded chances as the half went on. Conor Thomas and Robbie Keane both went close for ATK as Sergio Juste and Edu Bedia had the Goa fans close to celebrating.
Goa eventually opened the scoring in first-half injury time though as Coro did what he does best. A great ball past the defence sent the Spanish forward through on goal and he finished with ease to give the Gaurs the advantage at the break.
After Keane equalised for ATK with a simple close-range effort, the home side really took control. It was the partnership of Boumous and Coro that was at the heart of all attacks. The Spaniards combined to give Goa the lead, Corominas’ delightful lobbed pass was brought down and finished delightfully by Hugo Boumous. A goal and an assist for Coro already but he still had time for more!
Putting the game to bed would be vital for the hosts and they did just that. Coro held the ball up before laying it off to Brandon who curled the ball into the top corner and that was that.
Super Cup Success
Ferran Corominas made it look easy in this one for Goa and sent his side flying into the Quarter Finals. After Super League disappointment, he will be hoping for more joy like this performance brought by possibly lifting the trophy.
The win over ATK sets up another all Super League tie for Goa, where they will face Jamshedpur. Coro will be hoping his form against Jamshedpur from earlier in the season will come in to play where he scored once and also bagged a couple of assists.