Salgocar Sports Club registered their first win in the I-League with a 4-0 hammering of Pailan Arrows at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda.
The defending champions were helped by penalty, an own goal and the sending off of Pailan Arrows defender Avinaba Bag in the 22nd minute. Bag was issued the marching orders after he handled the ball on the goalline conceding a penalty which Chidi Edeh converted with ease.
Chidi had himself scored the first goal a little earlier, and after being two goals and a player down, it was curtains for Pailan Arrows.
There was, however, more embarrassment for the youngsters as Francis Fernandes was allowed plenty of space and time to head home the third goal in the 25th while Pailan Arrows defender Lalrozama Fanai conceded an own goal at the half hour mark.
Salgaocar started with positive intent and surged ahead in the 15th minute when Chidi controlled a ball from Biswajit Saha and let go a powerful drive from top of the box giving no chance to Pailan goalkeeper Naveen Kumar.
Salgocar soon found themselves 2-0 ahead when Avinabo handled Chidi’s shot – which was headed towards goal – prompting the referee to issue him the marching orders and also a penalty. Chidi stepped up and made no mistake.
Hardly had the cheers died down, Salgaocar struck again, this time Jaspal Parmar working his way down the right flank and essaying a ball into the heart of the Pailan goalmouth where Francis headed with ease.
Salgaocar’s fourth goal was another gift. This time it was Lalrozama Fanai who was the culprit as the youngster turned a harmless Saha cross into his own goal.
Pailan Arrows did not have much to show although at the start of the match they had appeared to test Salgocar goalkeeper Karanjit Singh with a couple of long rangers.
The second session was mostly a saga of missed chances as Salgaocar strikers took turns in missing chances.
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(AIFF Press Release)