Rawanfond: Down by a goal in the first session, Churchill Brothers FC came back strongly in the second half through goals by Clencio Pinto (70th minute) and Israil Gurung (76th minute) to register a hard-fought 2-1 win against Corps of Signals in the Goa Football Association Professional League match played at 3MTR ground, Rawanfond in Navelim on Wednesday.
Corps of Signals took the lead in the 33rd minute of play when striker Ankit Singh stunned the Churchill Brothers FC team with a left footed curler to give no chance at all to keeper James Kithan.
The great goal was a result of a defense splitting pass by Signals under-20 medio Aditya D’Cruz to Ankit Singh – who sped past the entire Churchill Brothers FC defence and let go a curling left footed shot that crashed to the far corner of the net.
Signals could have taken the lead in the very fifth minute of play but the good shot by Ankit narrowly missed the mark.
Churchill Brothers FC retaliated in the 8th minute with a nice move when a good cross from the left flank was frittered away by Clencio Pinto from close.
Churchill medio Mauvin Borges had a chance t in the 15th minute he simply could not find the mark from close with none to challenge him.
Signals came very strongly thereafter and Ankit let loose a powerful shot off a great pass from Aditya which missed the mark narrowly. And then, came the goal which gave Signals the lead to the cheers of the team’s supporters.
The second session saw Churchill Brothers struggling to find their rhythm and it was only after the induction of Quan Gomes that the Churchill Brothers FC team looked threatening.
Israil, young Wendell Coelho and Fredsan Marshall gelled well with each other to create panic in the Signals defence.
Several forays which looked dangerous – could not be converted and Churchill’s strikers looked inaccurate in their shooting prowess.
The one player that looked outstanding was Churchill’s defender Nongmeikapam Meitei who overlapped and created several goal scoring chances. Nongmeikapam had a try at the rival goal on quite a few occasions. Twice his headers missed the mark narrowly.
Signals keeper Binu Purushothaman looked adamant and went on making good saves one after the other in the second half when Churchill’s team was in full cry.
Finally, the Corps of Signals citadel fell when Clencio Pinto shot in from six-yard box to give no chance at all to Binu.
Goaded by the success, Churchill Brothers created four dangerous moves – one of which proved to be the match winner when Israil found the mark in the 76th minute.
Corps of Signals team was reduced to ten men in the 75th minute when their defender Paul Victor, the captain of the team, received the marching orders for a dangerous foul against a Churchill striker.
With this win, Churchill Brothers FC have collected 29 points from 13 matches while Corps of Signals stay on 14 points from 17 matches.