Franky Oliveiro’s brace helped the Red Machines snatch the three points.
Riding on a fine brace from Franky Oliveiro, Churchill Brothers SC scored a fluent 2-0 win over Calangute Association at Goa Football Association Selvel Goa Professional League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Monday. Franky scored a goal in either half (35’ & 66’).
Calangute Association came with early attempts. First Nickson Castanha’s free kick took a slight deflection and went out for a corner and then it was Siddant Shirodkar who was denied by keeper Debnath Mondal.
Then it was Churchill Brothers turn to raid and they were close to scoring when Franky set Yagya Kapoor whose shot was blocked by Melvin Lobo at the near post. Later Afdal was denied by Paramveer.
Churchill Brothers finally broke the deadlock at the half hour mark. Nickson Castanha, who had a poor start, lost possession at the half way mark to which Afdal Varikkodan, who upon covering some distance sent a pass to Jouston Barbosa on the left. The winger on reaching the byline squared in the middle to Franky Oliveiro, who scored with a simple tap in to put his team ahead in the game.
Calangute had a chance to restore parity just before the breather but none of their players could connect to Rohan Kamble corner.
In the second half Calangute came with a good build up. Domnic Fernandes sent in low defines-splitting pass to Kouame Junior, who upon entering the box, squared the ball at the far post to an unmarked Sidhart Kundaikar, whose attempt narrowly missed the target .
Calangute had yet another chance when Sidhart Kundaikar dispossessed Kidron Fernandes on the right flank and passed to Siddhant Shirodkar, who had all the time and space to beat the keeper, but rather he preferred to hit straight at the keeper, much to frustrate his team and the Calangute fans at the stadium.
Churchill Brothers were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute when Paramveer Singh brought down Jouston Barbosa in the box. Franky kept his composure and coolly converted from the spot.
Churchill Brothers Jouston had a poor form in front of the goal. Having missed two clear cut chances earlier, the youngster failed to control a cross from Velito D’Cruz from the left. The midfielder’s poor first touch let him down as he just had the keeper at his mercy.