I-League: Churchill holds DSK

Churchill Brothers FC Goa recorded its first points in the Hero I-League, as it clinched a 1-1 draw against DSK Shivajians.


Action in the I-League match between Churchill Brother FC Goa and DSK Shivajians.   -  AIFF

Churchill Brothers FC Goa recorded its first points in the Hero I-League, as it clinched a 1-1 draw against DSK Shivajians. The home side took the lead in the first-half in the 21st minute through Korean forward Kim Song Yong. But the celebrations were cut short, as a late 86th-minute header from Adil Ahmed Khan levelled the scoreline.

The home side, DSK Shivajians made no changes to the squad which won 2-0 against Chennai City FC at home last time. The visiting manager Alfred Fernandes made two changes from a 2-0 loss at home to East Bengal in the last game. Churchill Brothers brought two midfield players in, Kyrgyzstan's Bektur Talgat Uulu and under-22 player Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, as both sides lined up in a 4-4-2 formation.

The two teams enjoyed a few good chances in the opening minutes as the match presented an end-to-end display of open attacking football.

Kim Song Yong has scored in two games running, as, on this occasion, Churchill's left-back was caught napping when Kim's sharpness helped him arrive from the blind-side of the defender to put the ball at the back of the net.

DSK created plenty of chances in the early stages of the second half. The host found acres of space to operate between the Churchill midfield and defence, as the second-half substitute, Sanju Pradhan's long-range effort nearly brought a second goal.

Manager David Rogers introduced fresh legs post the hour mark, Gouramangi Singh replaced McFauln in defence. Halicharan Narzary was introduced for Lallianzuala Chhangte 10 minutes later, as DSK Shivajians looked for an important second goal.

As the match entered its final 15 minutes, Churchill Brothers was presented with a golden opportunity to equalise from the spot. In the aftermath of the foul committed by Sanju Pradhan inside the box, referee Pranjal Banerjee gave the visiting side a chance to draw level. The Shivajians goalkeeper Soram Anganba stretched towards the right to deny the experienced Trinidad and Tobago international Anthony Wolfe to score.

Exactly 10 minutes separated Wolfe's penalty miss on 76 minutes and Adil Ahmed Khan's goal in the 86th minute. The visiting side introduced its last primitive substitute, Surchandra Singh, in the 85th minute. His first vital contribution was to win a corner which brought the equalising goal; Khan managed to win a front-post header to break DSK Shivajians' hearts.

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