Margao, Oct 28: Salgaocar scored an emphatic 4-0 win over Pailan Arrows and registered its first victory in the ongoing I-League, played at Nehru Stadium in Fatorda here today.
Salgaocar, which was looking to bounce back after it lost the opening encounter against Dempo, put up a disciplined performance and scored all the goals in the first half through Edeh Chidi (15th, 23rd), Francis Fernandes (26th) and Biswajit Saha (31st).
For today's match, Salgaocar brought in Francis Fernandes and Elijah Junior Obagbemiro in place of Ishfaq Ahmed and Ryuji Sueoka, who had two chances to put the team ahead in the first ten minutes.
However, his first shot lacked direction and later, his volley from inside the box went straight into the hands of keeper Naveen Kumar.
With short quick passes, the Salgaocar players moved the ball well among themselves and probed more often into the rival half and surged ahead in the 15th minute.
Gilbert Oliveira, from the right, initiated the move and relayed the ball to Jaspal Parmar, as he sent a goal mount cross to Edeh Chidi, who beat the keeper with a powerful shot from inside the box.
The inexperienced Pailan Arrows received a setback, when its defender Avinabo Bag was sent off by Referee Md Kamil, after he handled Chidi shot from inside the box, which was going into the net. Referee Md Kamil awarded a penalty to Salgaocar, which was converted into an opportunity by Chidi at the 23rd minute.
Three minutes later, man of the match Francis Fernandes found the net, when he headed in a cross from the right by Jaspal Parmar.
Pailan Arrows' woes were compounded, when Lalrozama Fanai shot into its own goal, after he tried to clear the ball off a cross from Biswajit Saha from the left to end the challenge.
Salgaocar slowed down the pace in the second half and kept the ball into the rival half for most of the time and came near in increasing the tally. However, keeper Naveen Kumar effected two fine saves to keep the score down.
Salgaocar now has three points from two matches, while, Pailan Arrows who suffered their second straight defeat, are still to open their account.