Spirited Vasco Sports Club, Goa, defeated debutants HAL 1-0 in the Tata National Football League in Bangalore today. The goal was scored in the 30th minute when a Satish Minz header off a pass from Marcos Pereira on the left flank went into the net.
Earlier, Vasco missed a chance in the 23rd minute when Minz's powerful shot, after intercepting a cross from Rui Wanderlei Weis, hit the side bar and bounced back.
After leading 1-0 at half time, Vasco tried to increase their tally but could not.
Mahindra United score full points
Local outfit Mahindra United scored full points when they beat Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), Bangalore 2-1, after trailing by a solitary goal at half time in the Tata National Football League at the Cooperage in Mumbai today.
In the 40th minute medio Mohammed Salius put ITI ahead with a left footer off winger Kennith Onu pass.
Mahindra, who did not have their regular goalkeeper and captain Virendra Singh due to injury, fought back with a goal in the 65th minute.
In fact, they were lucky to equalize when their medio S Venkatesh scored off mid-fielder Anthony Pereira's cross.
A couple of minutes later Mahindra's winger Abhishek Yadav made it 2-1 when he smartly booted home striker Austin Okolo's centre which rebounded off a defender.
Zee Churchill lucky to beat JCT
Zee Churchill survived anxious moments in the second half to edge past unlucky JCT 2-0 and move to the top of the table of the Tata National Football League played at Nehru stadium in Margao today.
Zee Churchill, who held the edge over their rival in the first half, scored both the goals in the first half through Yusif Yakubu (34th) and Osumanu Husseni (40th).
Yakubu, who is the leading scorer with 16 goals, could have increased his lead twice but keeper Arvind Kumar came off with good saves to deny him the chances.
With this win, Zee Churchill moved on top with 39 points from 20 matches, one point ahead of Mohun Bagan who have played one match less.
JCT, who is fighting for relegation, remained at the tenth position with 15 points from as many matches. (PTI)