The only goal of the match was scored by Richard Fernandes in the first half.

Vasco Sports Club played their heart out but it was not enough as Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim registered a narrow 1-0 win in the Goa Professional League match played at Duler Stadium earlier today.

Vasco had secured their first win of the season defeating Guardian Angel SC in the last match, while Cavelossim were edged 1-0 by Corps of Signals in the previous round match in the last week.

Vasco gaffer Eban Mesquita made no changes to his starting XI which won all three points in the last match. Cavelossim coach Severino Fernandes made two changes as Semson Fernandes was back in the line, while, he also gave first start to Michael Silva.

Both the team started the match on a low note as none of the sides were looking serious about taking the advantage in taking the lead. However, in between these Vasco had the best chance in the 9th minutes when Anil Gaonkar sent a perfect cross in the box to John Nnanna but the Nigerian striker failed to keep his header on target.

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Just after this, the next 25 minutes were again restricted to midfield play which ended up with a swift attack from Cavelossim as Allwyn Vaz tried his luck from the distance but Vasco keeper made an excellent save to keep his side safe. With just two minutes past, Cavelossim once again came with an attack as this time Richard Fernandes went for the glory from the distance but these time Vasco keeper was unable to stop his powerful grounder from going in as they went into the break with a goal on their side.    

Vasco were seen more efficient in the second session as they came up with numerous attacks on the opponents but could not break Cavelossim’s last line. In few of these, Nigerian striker Nnanna made a dangerous run in the box but his cut-back pass was brilliantly intercepted by keeper Siddesh Morje. A few minutes later, Clive Coelho cut past two defenders and tried his luck from inside the box but keeper Siddesh brilliantly pushed it for a corner. 

In between these, Moises D’Sa twice went for the glory from the distance in the span of 60 seconds but on both the occasions the ball went over the crossbar. In the last quarter of the match Vasco keeper, Suresh came up with two back-to-back saves as he brilliantly denied Semson on both the occasion with a diving effort.

Vasco had the golden opportunity in the added time when Myran Pereira smartly headed in the goal off Minesh Kunkolkar’s corner but Cavelossim midfielder Darren Fernandes came up with a goal-line clearance to confirm their all three points from the match.