I-League: Odafa Hat-Trick Sinks Vasco

Odafa Okolie led Churchill Brothers from the front as his hat-trick demolished bottom placed Vasco in a fifth round I-League encounter at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.
With this win, Churchill Brothers have moved to the second position with 10 points from four games while Vasco continue to occupy the 12th place.

The match saw Vasco defend in numbers and keep Churchill Brothers attack at bay. Churchill Brothers threw as many men into the rival half and looked to penetrate but with no joy.

Odafa laid the ball for fellow striker Felix Chimaokwu whose shot hit the bar while Chitra Singh’s effort was tipped over the bar by Vasco custodian Laxmikant.

Churchill Brothers scored three in five minutes and ended Vasco’s efforts to contain them. A Zenith free-kick from the right saw Gouramangi rise above the Vasco defenders and his header hit the crossbar. Odafa tapped in the rebound from close range.

The very next minute saw Odafa release Felix who got the better of defender Covan Lawrence and the Vasco custodian Laxmikant to slot it into an empty net.

Then it was Odafa again, he collected a through ball from Vashum and with a cool finish rubbed further salt on Vasco’s disastrous ending to the first session.

In the second half, Odafa added another to his tally. Vasco did reduce the margin of their defeat as Agnelo Colaco pulled one back for his side.

Churchill Brothers have hit top form and seem unstoppable for now. Vasco are only fulfilling what was expected of them at the start of the league – lose games.

Final Score: 4-1

Goalscorers Churchill: Odafa Okolie (40th, 44th and 62nd) and Felix Chimaokwu (41st)

Goalscorer Vasco: Agnelo Colaco (70th)