Churchill Brothers FC registered their first points in the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Sub-Junior League (Goa Zone) defeating Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 at Don Bosco Oratory ground in Campal on Wednesday.
Churchill Brothers remain at the bottom of the table with three points from six matches whilst Sporting Clube is second last with four points from seven games.
Players from both teams showed the desire to excel in patches but from amongst the two, the Churchill lads showed more balance in their approach and therefore enjoyed a greater deal of ball possession in the first session of play.
Leshawn Cardozo of Churchill Brothers showed more presence of mind in the manner in which he tried to switch the game between the two flanks and Chris Azavedo corresponded by switching his play from left to right and the duo were an eyeful in the first session.
Churchill Brothers had their first good chance to crack the Sporting goal in the 25th minute when captain Sharmad Kurade tried to break through the Sporting Clube defense through the right corner flag only to be unable to beat keeper Aarif Shaikh.
The Sporting lads tended to fall back and keep their fort intact though the Churchill threats were never serious. However, Churchill brothers broke through the sporting defense in the 30th minute when Ricky Fernandes was fed though only to be unable to control the ball at the crucial moments.
Both teams walked off for the lemon break with no score.
Churchill Brothers FC continued their domination in the second session and in the 38th minute, Sangam Shetye sent in a long ball that had the Sporting keeper Abdul Shaik take a few steps back to hold the ball. Churchill Brothers managed to break the deadlock in the 51st minute when substitute Sohan Parge, on getting the ball in the Sporting box, took it sideways and let in a shot that beat the Sporting keeper for the first and only goal of the evening.
Sporting did try to make a comeback and the best chance that came their way was in the 54th minute when Saish Amonkar tried to curl the ball in from the left post to the right. However, Churchill keeper Abdul Shaikh made a superb save, to keep his team in the match.
Players of both teams tried to impress with ball control; anticipation; clearances; and eagerness to score but, the child in them kept waking up through the seventy minutes of play.