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Churchill Bros down Dempo; Salgaocar rally to hold Sesa
February 22, 2013
GFA blunders yet again on Pro League venues
MAPUSA: Salgaocar Football Club rallied
to hold 10-man Sesa Football Academy to a 1-1 draw in a Kingfisher Pro League football match which was shifted to Duler Stadium, here, Thursday. Sesa led 1-0 at half time.
KEEP SAFE DISTANCE: Sesa’s Melvin Lobo keeps
Salgaocar’s Gilbert Oliveira at bay in a GFA Pro-League
football league match at Duler Stadium,
It was yet another blunder committed by the GFA (one has now lost count on their number), which failed to update the press about the change in the venue of the fixture. The Mapusa Stadium Manager, Collin Fernandes had informed Herald that Dempo were to face Churchill Bros at Duler on Wednesday night. Besides, the GFA informed Herald at 11.05 p.m. that the Dempo – Churchill match would be played at Duler Stadium. However, the press as well as the spectators were in for a rude shock to see Sesa FA taking on Salgaocar at Duler. The GFA did not even have the courtesy to keep the fans informed about the change. So much for GFA’s professionalism.
It is learnt that Sesa had already played their away game with Salgaocar, and as such they had asked the GFA that this was their home match. In any case, in the first place, there is no reason whatsoever for the GFA to announce wrong fixtures. Consequently, announcer Paul D’Souza, was booed by the large crowd before the kick-off for no fault of his. As a result, the announcer did not carry on with his job for the remainder part.
That apart, it was surprising that no GFA executive committee member was present at the venue when the announcement was made. However, Uday Lingudkar reported much later. There were no security arrangements in place and the spectators felt cheated as the GFA had not even showed least courtesy even to display a notice at the ticket counter regarding the change of the fixture.
Sesa surged ahead in the 34th minute after a defensive lapse by Salgaocar allowed Sesa’s Yogesh Kadam to sneak in and beat rival goalkeeper Pawan Kumar to bulge the net.
In the second session, Salgaocar tried hard to score the equalizer. Their task was made easier after Sesa’s Sunny Singh was red carded by referee Sunil Nandodkar in the 81st minute.
Subsequently, Salgaocar took the numerical advantage and equalized in the dying minutes after substitutes Nigerian Gabriel Obatora and Brazilian Josimar Da Silva combined well and the last named slotted home past Sesa goalkeeper Thockchom Singh.
Our Margao Correspondent adds: Churchill Brothers Sports Club beat defending champions Dempo Sports Club 2-0 in another Kingfisher Pro League football match at panchayat ground, Raia, Thursday. Churchill Bros led 1-0 at the break.
The win boosted the confidence of the Varca outfit ahead of their AFC Cup matches.
Churchill Bros’ new recruit and India captain Sunil Chhetri, who returned to Indian club soccer after a brief stint with Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon, stole the limelight, scoring a brace.
Dempo coach Mauricio Afonso, wanting to blood youngsters in the squad and try out some bench stuff, decided to give some of his regular I-League players a well deserved rest. They had a couple of chances to gain the upper hand but failed to utilize them. In the very second minute, striker Cliffton Gonsalves squandered a golden chance to put his team in front when he shot wide from close with only Churchill Bros goalkeeper Felix D’Sozua at his mercy. A minute later, striker Joy Ferrao spurned an easy chance of the day when he shot wide from five yards after being put on the platter by Romeo Fernandes.
Churchill Bros took the field with a couple of I-League players and new signings Senegalese defender Lamine Tamba and Sunil Chhetri. They almost took the lead in the 10th minute but Rowilson Rodrigues thwarted Chhetri with a timely tackle.
In the 39th minute, Dempo nearly found success but midfielder Aniston Fernandes ballooned over the crossbar after Cliffton laid him on the platter.
Churchill forged ahead in the 44th minute when Chhetri took advantage of a Rowilson lapse and slotted past rival goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani off a Binesh Balan cross from the right flank.
The first half lead inspired Churchill Bros to look for more goals after the interval. Chhetri doubled the lead for his new team when he converted a spot kick in the 52nd minute after Dempo wing-back Valeriano Rebello made the cardinal error of bringing down rival striker Binesh in the box and referee Melwyn Sequeira had no hesitation in pointing towards the dreaded spot.
Spurred by the 2-0 lead, Churchill Bros piled on the pressure and nearly made it 3-0 but midfielder Alesh Sawant muffed a sitter with only the rival goalkeeper at his mercy off a cross from substitute Biswajeet Biswas in the 60th minute.
Down 0-2, Dempo pressed in Nigerian striker Koko Sakibo in place of off-colour Cliffton Gonsalves and exerted pressure on the rival citadel but the Churchill defence comprising Denzil Franco, Ravanan Dharmaraj, Lamine Tamba and Raju Y stood tall in protecting their 2-0 cushion.
In the 85th minute, Churchill Bros were unlucky when attacking midfielder Binesh’s snap shot hit the left post and the rebound kissed the right post after rival goalkeeper Kattimani was beaten by the flight of Binesh’s cross.
Dempo midfield consisting of Romeo, Godwin, Aniston and Joy were woeful and rusty as they failed to build up moves thus giving a free hand to the rival waistline.