Nicholas Rodrigues played an important role in the South Goan club’s victory…

Nicolau Colaco scored in the dying minutes as Guardian Angel Sports Club registered a hard-fought 1-0 win over Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim in the Goa Professional League match played at Duler stadium earlier today.

After 10 minutes of midfield play from both the sides, it was Cavelossim who took first shot at the goal when Semson Fernandes surprised Guardian keeper Ram Sroop with a quick shot from the edge of the box but the keeper nicely cleared it for safety. A few minutes later, Semson once again tested Guardian custodian, but once again he came up with a brilliant save to keep his side safe. A minute later they had almost scored the opener when Rohan Kamble’s shot beat the keeper but Benzu Clemente cleared it off the goal line.

At the other end, Rayman Fernandes sent a defence-splitting pass to Perryson Rebello in the box but Cavelossim keeper Siddesh Morje collected it before the striker could do any damage.

Unlike the first half, Guardian were the better side in the second half as they continuously penetrated Cavelossim’s defence but poor finishing and sharp guarding of the post from Cavelossim custodian Morje restricted the Curchorem side from scoring.

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In few of these, first, Aniston saw his shot nicely saved by keeper Morje. Next, Anthony Barbosa’s cross was brilliantly collected by the Cavelossim shot-stopper. While a few minute later, Nicholas Rodrigues’s powerful free-kick was palmed away for safety by Morje.

In between these, Cavelossim also had a chance to open their account but Semson failed to connect from 6 yards, off Richard Fernandes low cross from the right.

Just after crossing the hour mark, Guardian became sharper in the attack and created numerous chances but Cavelossim keeper Morje was at his best. He came up with double save when Nicholas found Myron Broges in the box who without wasting any second shot on the goal but Morje stretched to his limit to pushed away the ball. The same later rolled to Anthony but Morje once again dived to his left to keep his side safe.

While a minute later Perryson was in commanding position to take Guardian into the lead but once again Morje’s acrobatic efforts kept the scoreline goalless.

With just two minutes left on the clock, Guardian finally scored the winner through Nicolau. The defender smartly headed in from the inside the box, off Nicholas’ corner and confirm all three points for Curchorem side.