Churchill Brothers SC climbed back to top of the Goa Pro-League after a fourth minute strike by opportunistic medio Seriton Fernandes helped them beat Guardian Angel SC by a solitary goal at Raia panchayat grounds on Tuesday.
The all-important goal came off following a free kick that landed in the Guardian Angel goalmouth. As the defence fumbled to clear the ball to safety, Seriton Fernandes who was lurking around lunged his body to tap the ball into the nets giving no chance at all to rival goalkeeper Agnelo Gomes who otherwise had a very good day under the bar.
Though Churchill carried the day, it was the Guardian Angel team which was seen pressing hard for most part of the play, sending Churchill at times in some tizzy moments to fall back and defend their citadel.
Guardian Angel had some good chances in either half of play but their strikers namely Meclon Colaco, substitutes Gammy Costa and Stephen Colaco could not gel well and as such lost whatever chances that came their way.
On the other hand, Churchill defended well wherein Basant Rai and Subhasih Bose played a stellar role to keep the Guardian Angel’s strikers at bay.
Guardian Angel had a good chance to level the score in the very 7th minute of play when D Isaac sent a smart pass to Meclon Colaco but he failed to shoot it in the goal. Later in the 24th minute Meclon once again saw his effort hitting the post.
Churchill Brothers also came up with some dangerous counter forays — one of which almost culminated into a goal in the 67th minute of play but the powerful strike off Nicholas Fernandes kissed the upright and came back into play.
In the second session, both the teams missed some glorious chances as Churchill Brothers held on to their slender lead and came out winners.
With the win Churchill Brothers have now collected 26 points and take the top position in the league table.
Meanwhile in another closely contested match of the league held at Cuncolim grounds, Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim defeated Tuff Laxmi Prasad SC 2-1.
While Melwyn Fernandes (11th minute) and Raymond Fernandes (58th minute) scored for Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim, Tuff Laxmi Prasad SC pulled one goal back through Vegan Ferrao (21st minute).
Both the teams saw one ejection each on either side due to some rough play.