Chhetri scores brace as Churchill beat Dempo


Churchill Bros’ new signing Sunil Chhetri, who is the Indian football captain, made the right moves as he scored once in each half to set up a 2-0 win over Dempo Sports Club in the Kingfisher professional football league match at Raia panchayat grounds, Thursday.
Chhetri, on loan from Sporting Lisbon for four months, ensured that it was a dream debut and struck in the 41st and 65th minute.
While the first goal that Chhetri scored was a real good one, bearing the stamp of class, the other one materialised through a penalty.
With this win, Churchill Bros have now collected 19 points and seem to be closing the slender gap that exists between the present table toppers Salgaocar FC, who are on 22 points, followed by Dempo SC, who have 21 points in their kitty. Sesa FA who have done quite well this season are on 20 points while Margao SC are having 15 points so far.
The match started well for both the teams as they resorted to short passes and sudden burst of speed once the ball reached the top of the box
However, no goals came forth even as both the teams had equal scoring opportunities for about 40 minutes. Just when the match was approaching half-time break, Churchill Bros’ pronounced attack yielded results.
After Dinesh Ballan moved menacingly towards the Dempo citadel, by taking two defenders in his stride and then passed the ball to Chhetri who beat Dempo keeper all ends up.
Dempo then stepped up the pressure to restore parity and produced two smart moves within a span of three minutes but would not succeed in finding the mark.
The second session was also played very closely like the first one as both the teams dished out some good brand of soccer with swift passes and powerful shots on display which gave some torrid time to both the keepers.
Koko Sakibo who came in as a substitute had a couple of runs down the flank as well as some tries but the Churchill Bros goalkeeper Felix D’Souza stood tall to effect some spectacular saves and keep the Dempo strikers at bay, apart from the hard tries made by Sakibo to find the mark.
Cliffton Gonsalves and Joy Ferrao also tried their level best to score for the Dempo team but without any success.
The Dempo citadel fell again in the second session when Dinesh Ballan was brought down in the penalty area and the referee had no hesitation to point to the penalty spot. Chhetri who came in to take the shot made no difficulty to buttress the Churchill lead and in the process helping himself in finding a brace in his opening game on the Goan soil for Churchill Bros. [NT]