Ajay’s brace makes Churchill’s day

 Scoring once in each half of play, in-form striker Ajay Singh helped Churchill Brothers SC to a 2-0 victory over a stubborn Margao SC in the Kingfisher Professional League at Raia panchayat grounds on Wednesday.

Churchill Brothers were leading 1-0 in the first half when Ajay Singh found the mark in the 20th minute of play. Thereafter, Margao SC tightened the grip on the match and played admirably well, though Churchill Bros were superior in almost all the departments of the game.

Both the teams came hard at each other to find the mark without any success, until the 20th minute when a nice move started in the middle culminated into a goal.

As a matter of fact, Jaison who had shot goal-wards saw the ball rebounding towards Ajay Singh who lost no time in slamming it in to beat Margao keeper Bruno Colaco.

The teams began on a cautious note, gauging each other’s strength through probing moves. The ball was played on a rather slow pace for quite sometime and then as the match progressed both the teams dished out some lively soccer that was pleasing to the eye.

There were at times short passes on display which were quick and accelerating and long ball too.

Though Churchill Brothers had the major share of proceedings in their favour, Margao SC matched their stronger and better known rivals quite well for long spells even in the second session.

Lenny Pires, Francisco and Manish did not allow much room for the marauding Churchill Brothers forward though they somehow managed to hoodwink them in the end and carry the day in their favour.

Margao goalkeeper Bruno Colaco also pulled off some good saves to bring in the much-needed confidence in the team and as the match progressed, it appeared that Margao SC would at least find the equaliser they needed so much but that had not to be. Their citadel crumbled again in the 86th minute.

Margao SC’s Sanford Cardozo had two chances but on both the occasions he could not guide the ball into the nets.

Though Margao made some good moves in the second session, Churchill stepped up the pressure and scored again.

Churchill’s Tomba Singh and goalkeeper Felix D’Souza gave a good account of themselves along with Ajay Singh and Stephen Dias too. A harmless goal kick, taken by Churchill Brothers dependable keeper Felix D’Souza landed at the feet of Ajay Singh, who beat his marker and then crashed the ball to the far corner of the nets to end Margao’s hopes of any fightback.

Both the teams were reduced to ten men in the second half due to double bookings. While it was Richard Costa who had to march off the field, the Margao SC player who also received the same treatment was Beju Clemente.

Towards the end of the match, Margao SC made some valiant efforts to at least get a reducer but the Churchill defence would not budge an inch and kept their fort intact till the final whistle. [NT]