Churchill Bros take on ONGC

MARGAO: Churchill Brothers technical director Subhash Bhowmick is keeping his fingers crossed and hopes that his team will come good against ONGC in their second round I-League clash at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Thursday.

Churchill Brothers have been in good form in the last few games they have played. Whether it was the Federation Cup or the first match of the I-League, Churchill’s style has been a treat to watch. However, they have not tasted much success.

"I am confident against ONGC but have to keep my fingers crossed. They are a very good side," said Bhowmick.

Bhowmick said he had watched ONGC in the Federation Cup give stronger sides a run for their money. And it is for this reason that he is not taking anything for granted.

"We must play our best football to get full points against the visitors. Believe me, it will not be easy to play them. They are high on fitness and if we give them the space to operate, they will take us by surprise," Bhowmick added.

Bhowmick is likely to field an unchanged side that stretched defending champions Dempo Sports Club to the limit in the opening game.

ONGC, on the other hand, also took Pune FC by surprise rallying from two goals to tie the match at 2-2 before Shanmugham Venkatesh eventually settled the match in Pune’s favour with an opportunistic goal in their opening match.

ONGC will take heart from their encouraging performances this season which includes a 2-1 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in the Federation Cup group stage. Live on Ten Action @ 7pm.