I-League: Churchill Brothers eyeing first home victory

Churchill Brothers made a come back after a gap of four years despite getting little time to prepare for its first match, and performed well in the opening match. It takes on Mumbai F.C. tomorrow in the I-League 2016-17 at Tilak Stadium here.

Churchill Brother's assistant coach Alfred Fernandes, said though we lost by 1-0, he was happy the way his team played.   -  H. Vibhu

After putting up a good show of strength against Mohun Bagan in its opening match, Goa’s Churchill Brothers S.C. is eyeing its first home win as it takes on Mumbai F.C. tomorrow in the I-League 2016-17 at Tilak Stadium here.

The 2012-13 champion, which made a come back after a gap of four years despite getting little time to prepare for its first match, performed well in the opening match until Balwant Singh’s first half strike that gave Bagan full points.

Team’s assistant coach Alfred Fernandes, who is guiding the team in absence of coach Joseph Afusi, said though it lost by 1-0, he was happy the way his team played.

“We created chances and deserve a point but our forwards failed to score from a couple of clear chances and wood-work once denied us a goal,” he said.

“With Trinidad & Tobago striker Anthony Wolfe available for tomorrow’s match it will strengthen our strike force which lacked cutting edge in the last match,” said Fernandes.

He said the team is not going to take tomorrow’s match lightly as the Mumbai F.C. is riding on high confidence after beating DSK Shivajians in Mumbai.

“We will try to collect full points in front of our home crowd,” Fernandes said. While Mumbai F.C. coach Sanotsh Kashyap said he is happy that his team started on a positive note by beating DSK Shivajians by a lone goal.

“Now that we got a winning start we are looking to maintain the winning momentum. Churchill Brothers is a good side and we are expecting a tough battle and hopefully we win tomorrow,” Kashyap said.

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