Stanley Colaco’s brace helped Panjim Footballers defeat a scratchy Ponda Veterans 3-1 and cruise into the semi-finals of all-Goa Sun Moon Stars Veterans football tournament organized by Sun Moon Stars at panchayat ground, Chandor, Sunday. Panjim led 2-0 at the break.
Panjim dominated the opening session and kept their opponents on the backfoot for a major part of the game. Former Dempo central defender Stanley Colaco who was thorn in the rival defence struck twice to give his team a 2-0 cushion.
Stunned by the double blows, Ponda tried to reduce the deficit but failed to get past the rival strong defence.
After the break, Ponda kept probing the rival defence and succeeded in reducing the deficit when Domingos Fernandes punished the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement.
Unfazed, Panjim put the issue beyond doubt when Agnelo Pereira slotted past the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot.
Domingos Fernandes of Ponda was adjudged man-of-the-match. [H]