Striker Ferran Corominas scores his eighth goal of the season to help his team to a 2-0 win
The host was dominant in possession and created plenty of chances to score against a deep-lying defence but lacked the killer instinct in front of goal. A Mislav Komorski (68’) own-goal finally allowed Goa to take the lead before Jose Leudo conceded a penalty to allow Ferran Corominas (82’) to score what was his 49th goal in the ISL.
Goa’s seventh win of the season has helped it onto the top of the table with 24 points from 12 matches. NorthEast is eighth with 11 points from 10 matches.
In what turned out to be an entertaining contest in the first half, Goa had the first big chance in the ninth minute. Lenny Rodrigues found Jackichand Singh in the box.
The Indian winger dribbled to the byline and provide a cut-back for Ferran Corominas whose first-time hit flew off target.
Hugo Boumous was influential for the host in the final third. The attacking midfielder fed Jackichand through on goal with a sublime through-ball that split the defence, and although the winger was able to chip the keeper, the NorthEast defence got around to clear the ball before it found the net.
It were the host which posed the right questions as the game neared half-time, but the opening goal remained elusive.
Brandon Fernandes released Mandar Rao Dessai down the left flank and the full-back’s low cross at the stroke of half-time was cleared well by goalkeeper Pawan Kumar before it could find a teammate.
Goa started the second half just as it ended the first and took control of the midfield right at the start.
Two minutes after the restart, Seriton Fernandes’ pass into the box from the right flank found its way into the feet of an unmarked Jackichand who shot straight at the keeper from close-range. NorthEast custodian Pawan pushed the ball into the path of Brandon who was waiting at the opposite end but the midfielder also failed to find the net from inside the box, with Reagan Singh sliding in to block the effort from the rebound.
Pawan Kumar had to be alert once again before the hour-mark as the home team’s onslaught continued.