Bengaluru, December 1: Minerva Punjab FC beat I-League debutants Neroca FC 2-1 at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana on Friday (December 1).
It was the first win for Minerva in the I-League.
They had held the formidable Mohun Bagan at home in the opening fixture of the league.
But Minerva had to survive some initial jitters as they were pegged back in the 18th minute when Felix Chidi put Neroca ahead.
Bhutanese forward Chencho Gyeltshen equalised the scores six minutes later when his powerful shot from the left corner of the penalty box hit the back of the net.
Minerva dominated proceedings for the rest of the game, and with moments left for the half time break, Lago Bei finished off a cross to give his side the lead, which they held on till the end.
Minerva will next face Indian Arrows away from home in their next I-League game on December 5, while Neroca will travel to Kozhikode for their game against Gokulam FC on December 9.