Snows Football Academy, Raia registered a thrilling 3-2 win against UC Benaulim to enter the quarterfinals of South Goa Yaari Cup football tournament, at Cuncolim grounds on Wednesday.
Snows FA scored through Oilex Oliveira (21st minute), Lloyd Cardozo (31st minute) and Danny Fernandes (47th minute), while Francis Fernandes scored both the goals for UC Benaulim as he found the mark in the 15th and 49th minute. Both the teams were almost evenly balanced in all the departments of the game.
UC Benaulim started the match on a promising note and went into the lead in the 15th minute through a goal scored by Francis Fernandes. However, as the match progressed they failed to maintain the momentum with their defence too caving in under pressure.
Snows FA retaliated quickly and levelled the score through Oilex Oliveira and just before the half-time break scored another goal through Lloyd Cardozo to take 2-1 lead.
In the 47th minute of the second half, the Raia team scored their third goal as speedy Danny Fernandes gave no chance at all to the Benaulim keeper C D’Silva, 3-1.
UC Benaulim pressed hard to turn the tide in their favour and in the 49th minute succeeded in scoring their second goal as Francis Fernandes once again found the back of the rival nets to complete his brace. The Benaulim team thereafter tried hard to level the score but the defence of Raia side held their fort firmly.