Goa registered a 2-1 win against Meghalaya in their second group B quarter-final tie of the Santosh Trophy tournament in Kalinga stadium at Bhubaneshwar, Orissa on Sunday.
In the first half, both sides equally dominated the proceedings and Goa which had as many as four scoring chances in the first half itself, were not able to convert any of them. The score at the end of the first half read 0-0.
In the second half, Meghalaya played according to a well-planned strategy as they began the proceedings on an attacking mode and also raided the Goan citadel on few occasions. But in the 65th minute Goa came back strongly when the rival goalkeeper parried a cross from Velito D’Cruz, allowing Sachin Gawas to tap in from close range.
Within just five minutes Meghalaya equalised when the Goa custodian Macklas Moraes misjudged a cross which flew in to the net after hitting the post.
In the last three minutes of the match Gabriel Fernandes found the back of his rival’s net and scored the winner for Goa.
Goa will take on strong contenders Manipur in their next match scheduled on May 22.
Meghalaya lost to Manipur in their last match by a solitary goal and will take on Uttar Pradesh in their last match of the tournament on Tuesday.