Last year's semifinalists Punjab inched closer to clinching a berth in the Senior National Football Championships for the Santosh Trophy after defeating Jammu and Kashmir by a solitary goal here today.
Gurpreet Singh scored the all-important goal in the 38th minute in the Group B tie of the North Zone qualifying round at the Ambedkar Stadium.
Punjab now have six points from two matches while Jammu and Kashmir remained on three from that many matches.
Jammu & Kashmir had two good chances to equalise in the second half but centre forward Prem Kumar and substitute Toufeeq Ahmed missed the target.
In the other match of the day, Uttar Pradesh got the better of Himachal Pradesh 1-0, courtesy a sixth minute strike from forward Sumit Kumar Dubey.
Dubey prodded from close after being set up by midfielder Rustam Pal.
Uttar Pradesh now have three points from two matches while Himachal are yet to open their account.