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December 28, 2011 3:45 PM IST
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Churchill Brothers 5-0 Sporting Clube de Goa: Manuel Gomes's Side Hand Their Goan Rivals A Thumping

N.D Opara scores a hat-trick as Churchill Brothers register their biggest win of the season and stay second in the league table....

By Ayush Srivastava

I-League, Churchill Brothers vs SC Goa

Man-of-the-match Ndubuisi Opara scored a hat-trick as Churchill Brothers Sports Club took full advantage of some slack defending by Sporting Clube de Goa to register a 5-0 win at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda.

Coming into the tie after having lost to Pune FC at the same venue on the previous matchday, Churchill took control of the proceedings right from the first minute and duly found the back of the net in the eighth minute itself, after Lalrindika Ralte’s weak effort was deflected into the Opara’s path by Adil Khan. With the goal at his mercy, the Nigerian calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

From there-on, it was plain sailing for Manuel Gomes’s side as Opara added to his tally in the 26th minute when a header by Mohammad Rafi from a Bineesh Balan cross hit the crossbar but fell kindly for the Nigerian who guided it into the goal.

Substitute Bineesh Balan added to the score line in the 39th minute, as he turned home a brilliant cross by Steven Dias to put Churchill well out of sight in the first half itself.

Much of Sporting Clube’s woes were a result of poor defending. With Samananda Singh left on the bench, Sporting’s make shift defensive pairing could not withstand the pressure.

There was no respite for Sporting Clube in the second session as well, as Opara completed his hat-trick eight minutes after resumption of play. Dias, once again came up with a well measured cross towards the goalmouth, and Opara was criminally allowed enough space and time to head home.

Balan made it 5-0 in the 75th minute as Rafi’s through ball left Balan with the simple task of beating the keeper.

The two teams played out the last 15 minutes of the match with neither side adding to the score line as Churchill recorded their biggest ever win against their Goan rivals.

The three points took Churchill’s tally to 26 points for the season, but with Dempo SC also registering a win, Manuel Gomes’s men stay second in the I-League table.


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