Kozhikode: Kerala opened their Santosh Trophy campaign with a 3-0 win over Puducherry in the South Zone qualifying phase that began here Thursday.
Striker Jobby Justin scored the first goal for Kerala in the 3rd minute of the match. In the second half, captain P. Usman found the net twice for Kerala - in 57th and 66th minutes.
Earlier, in the first qualifier, Andhra Pradesh beat Karnataka 2-1. There were two penalty kicks awarded to Andhra Pradesh, and their captain T. Chandrasekhar turned both of them into goals. G. Vignesh was the lone scorer for Karnataka.