A goal each by Wilton Gomes and Dudu Omagbemi in the first half guided Sporting Clube de Goa [ Images ] to a convincing 2-0 win over JCT in the National Football, in Mapusa, Goa, on Friday.
The Goan outfit, which badly needed a victory after suffering three defeats, started in right earnest having a territorial edge over their rivals in the first half.
They took the lead in the 17th minute when a 30-yard long ranger by medio Wilton Gomes caught rival keeper Kalyan Chaubey off guard and found the far corner of the net.
Chaubey, who kept out a header off Joe Rodrigues, was beaten again, this time by Dudu Omagbemi, whose header came off a long lob into the box from Denzil Franco.
JCT, who looked lackluster and were not given much space o operate, came close to scoring once in the first half when Edeh Chidi's left footer off a Renedy Singh flag-kick missed the target by a whisker.
Sporting, who scored their second win from six matches, have seven points while JCT remained on five from as many games.
A visibly happy Sporting coach Clifford Chukuwuma said, "We needed a win today in order to improve our position and I am happy that my boys did not let me down, especially the newcomers who played according to the plan. The win is a morale booster."
Sporting will take on Mohammedan Sporting in its next tie on March 3.
JCT coach Sukhwinder Singh [ Images ] was disappointed with his team's performance.
"I accept the defeat as my boys failed to play to their potential. We will bounce back in our next match."