BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Mumbai FC pegged down defending champions in their own backyard, beating Churchill Brothers SC by a scoreline of 2-0 in round three of the I-League 2013-14.
Orok Essien got the vital opening goal in the 46th minute, with a sublime finish after some good close control. Climax Lawrence sealed the deal in the 87th minute with a stooping finish, to meet Nicholas Rodrigues' cross.
Khalid Jamil, the Mumbai FC coach, praised the outstanding contribution of his side as they grabbed their first win of the season.
"Everybody played well. Starting from goalkeeper (Kunal Sawant) - he was outstanding. [The] defense also played very well," the 36-year-old stated.
"There's a long way to go, but at the moment I am very happy. I was feeling that maybe today we can do something," he added.
Jamil went on to acknowledge the performance of his defender in Anwar Ali who was in imposing form by not allowing the Churchill attackers to get behind their defense.
|The penalty that changed the face of the match|
Had Henri Antchouet converted the penalty for Churchill Brothers in the first half, the course of the tie could have been different. Mumbai FC goalkeeper Kunal Sawant dived to his left to block Antchouet's spot-kick. The Gabon international then shockingly missed on the rebound before Haroon Amiri cleared the danger.
"The penalty was the turning point. If that goal would have happened then it could have been a little different,” Jamil mentioned.
Talking about his season's target however, the former India international opined, "I do not predict anything. After winning this match we have to win the next match. Then maybe we will see after six-to-seven matches where we stand.
"I feel very happy about [Orok Essien] Orok. He’s also under-23. He came recently and today he scored a wonderful goal. He has been working very hard. I told Sanjdar [Ahmadi] to drop a little in the midfield. Otherwise he had a good game. Climax [Lawrence] scored the second goal because of his experience. Haroon [Amiri] and Ashutosh [Mehta] were in top form."
On the other hand, clearly dejected by the result, Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias didn't have much to say as he rued the first half penalty miss.
"We (Churchill Brothers) played very badly and I think missing the penalty in the first half was the turning point in the match. That's all I have to say. This was an important match. If we had to get three points we would have felt better. In the last three matches, we have just one point. Very bad," he signed out.
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