Penha de Franca scored a solitary goal victory over Friends XI, Vaddem in Candolim Village Panchayat Cup football tournament organized by Candolim Sports Club at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, Wednesday.
Penha began on a promising note and could have taken the lead in the very first minute but a Deelip Rodrigues try sailed inches over the crossbar. They forged ahead in the 20th minute through a solo effort by Amar Kinlekar. Amar hoodwinked a couple of defenders and unleashed a shot which gave no chance to the rival goalkeeper Olavo.
Goaded by the success, Penha continued their dominance and could have added another to the score but rival goalkeeper Olavo blocked a try from Raju Padosi.
Changing over, Penha came close to scoring in the 45th minute but the rival goalkeeper once again denied them a goal, saving a try from Milind Shirodkar. Vaddem tried their best to come back on level terms but solid defending by the Penha forwards kept them at bay. [H]