Photo Credits: The Goan
Churchill Brothers FC defeated Salgaocar FC 2-1 in the GFA Goa Professional League Super League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Wednesday.
Salgaocar FC’s Mark Carvalho had the first attempt at goal when he tried his luck from outside the box only to see it hit the side netting. Minutes later. Mark was sent through on goal by Ribhav, wherein he had to cover some distance and attempted a shot at goal, and this time the effort was on target but Churchill keeper Nora Fernandes made a fine save.
Salgaocar had a series of corners but they failed to make any use of it. At the other end, Churchill Brothers broke the deadlock in the 18th minute through a well-worked goal. Hayden Fernandes initiated the move where he played it to Chaitan, who flashed in a cross from the left to Jobern Cardozo. The lad played it across the face of the goal to Malsawmdawngkima, who tapped in, 1-0.
Salgaocar FC came with an instant reply, equalising in the next minute as Mark Carvalho made no mistake in slamming the ball past Nora, 1-1. The Churchill keeper made a brilliant save to deny Beckham Dias from inside the box after the midfielder was sent through by Mark.
Churchill Brothers defence stood tall in the first half to deny Mark and Samuel from creating any danger. The teams were tied 1-1 at the break.
In the second half, Nora continued to guard the goal well, saving a couple of efforts. Salgaocar nearly took the lead but they were denied by the post. At the other end, second-half substitute Aaron Barrett scored the match-winner in the 83rd minute when he was fed in by a low cross from the right flank. Later Malsawmdawngkima came agonisingly close to scoring his second goal but his header narrowly missed the target.