Churchill rally to beat Salgaocar 2-1
Salgaocar, who played an organised game in the first half, took the lead in the 41st minute through Rocus Lamare.sports Updated: Jan 19, 2008 21:47 IST
Odafe Okolie's last gasp goal helped Churchill Brothers come from behind to edge out Salgaocar 2-1 in the 12th round of the ONGC 1-League at the Nehru stadium on Saturday.
Salgaocar, who played an organised game in the first half, took the lead in the 41st minute through Rocus Lamare.
Churchill Brothers, who fought back in the second half, scored through Mboyo Lyomi (74th) and Okolie, who found the net in the injury time.
The win took Churchill to 23 points from 12 matches, four points behind leader Dempo (27). Salgaocar, after today's defeat, have five points from as many matches.
Churchill Brothers' Chandam Singh got the man of the match award.
Both the teams played at fast pace with neither being able to make a breakthrough initially as play was held midfield for major part of the first half.
Salgaocar looked more organised with short passes as they held territorial advantage and ball possession before eventually taking the lead in the 41st minute.
Lamare, who controlled the midfield along with Fabio Passo, received the ball on top of the box from Nicholas Rodrigues and took a crack at the goal. The ball curled and brushed the left post eluding keeper Vinay Singh.
Okolie and Lyomi were kept quiet by the rival defence who gave good account of themselves. However, Loymi once got the better of his marker, but saw his header saved by rival keeper Milagrio Medeira off a cross from Okolie in the 43rd minute.
Changing over, Salgaocar's Fabio Passo had two scoring opportunities lead but he shot wide and then was thwarted by the rival keeper.
At the other end, Churchill's Kalu Ogba wasted a chance to equalise as he drove the ball out from inside the box.
Churchill pressed hard in the later past of the second half equalised in the 74th minutes when Lyomi made amends for his earlier lapse with a blistering shot to find the roof of the net off a pass from Okolie.
Substitute Shylo Malswantlunga had the best chance in the stoppage time to put Salgaocar ahead but he failed to beat keeper Vinay Singh who blocked his shot from close.
Churchill, who survived the close chance, celebrated with a goal as they earned a penalty in the dying minute when Okolie was brought down by a rival defender.
Okolie, who took the penalty, made no mistake in finding the net to give Churchill full points.