Mariano Dias: The match against Sporting was won in the injury time of the first half

Mariano Dias' men came back from 2-1 down to hand their Goan neighbours a thrashing they may never forget...
Game Week 11 saw Churchill Brothers SC work their way up the I-League standings in sensational style as Mariano Dias was a proud coach of an outfit that played scintillating football. Bineesh Balan scored a hat-trick that sank Sporting Clube de Goa last Sunday as Churchill recorded an emphatic 8-4 victory.

“We scored the first goal and played well, but their sudden equaliser caught us on the back-foot. They did well to take advantage of that and scored again," said Dias.

On being further questioned upon his team’s defensive errors that saw them squander their one goal lead, Dias said, “We started with the 4-3-3 formation but Denzil [Franco] was not coping well and maybe that is where we were not at our best."

Churchill made an incredible comeback as Bineesh Balan completed his hat-trick by scoring in the 38th and 40th minute with the assistance of some good work done by Henry Antchouet and some generous goalkeeping by Sporting’s inexperienced young keeper Agnelo Gomes.

Dias was delighted with the morale shown by his team as they hit Sporting twice in two minutes. "The boys did well to come back after we went down 2-1,” said the coach with a smile.

The second half saw more Churchill dominance as the Red Machines added four more to their tally as their inspirational captain, Beto got into the act with two neat goals. Henry Antchouet also added one more to his tally before substitute Akram Moghrabi came off the bench only to complete the rout at 8-2. Joseph Pereira and Seiya Sugishita pulled two back as the final score read 8-4.

Sporting were very much in the game before the end of the first half but Dias was also quick to point where his team took things a bit too easily.

"I think when the referee pointed out 5 minutes of injury time, we (Churchill) were relaxing and lost concentration and they (Sporting) were quick to capitalize on our lack of concentration, but the match was won [by Churchill] in the injury time of the first half," he signed off.

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