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Churchill looking for a fresh start with Derrick Pereira

Written by: Ravish R Narvekar


The Goan team has just won one match out of 10 played...

After Churchill Brothers’ shaky defence in the last match led to a 4-5 defeat at the hands of Minerva Punjab FC, their newly appointed coach Derrick Pereira will be looking to tighten up their back four when they take on DSK Shivajians in the I-League match at Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Sunday.

On the other hand, DSK have experienced mixed form winning drawing and losing one each in the last three matches. Dave Rogers will be hoping to grab all three points and get his team back on track after defeat in the last match against Mohun Bagan.

Team News

Churchill coach Perreira is most likely to make minor changes in the starting XI which lost against Minerva in the last match. The coach might think of bringing back Seriton Fernandes in place of Satish Singh who completely failed to impress in the last match. The Red Machines will continue to miss defender Fulganco Cardozo due to injury. We might also not see defender Rowilson Rodrigues and Richard Costa as they were not seen in the practice session due to  minor injuries.

DSK Shivajians have no injuries or suspensions and manager Dave Rogers has a full squad to pick from.


The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 1-1 draw. That was the first meeting between them.

Coach’s Corner

Derrick Pereira-Churchill Brothers: The Goan coach looked very excited about tomorrow’s match in the pre-match media interaction and said, “The players are responding well to the training. Every match now, we will have to go for a win and we have to play organised football in attack and defence. We cannot leave spaces whether it is DSK Shivajians or Mohun Bagan,”

“The positivity from the last match is that we scored four goals and we need to make fewer mistakes. We discussed a lot of things and we worked on the pitch and I’m sure we will put up a good show.” He further added.

“They come up with formation changes every time, so it depends on it and we will play our game tomorrow.” Pereira said in confidence

Dave Rogers-DSK Shivajians: Though Churchill Brothers are at the bottom of the table, the Spanish coach is not taking them lightly as he expects a power-packed match at Tilak tomorrow.

“There has been a little bit of inconsistency on our behalf this year. Churchill are looking to improve after every game and like I expect every week, I’m expecting a tough game. We’ve conceded some very sloppy goals very late on.” Rogers said

He further added “At the minute we are sitting in mid-table, but in this league if anybody puts a couple of wins together, then it can propel you to the top three or top four and we are looking to get up the table as high as we can,”

 Man to Watch

Chesterpaul Lyngdoh- Churchill Brothers SC:  The winger has already proved his calibre for his side. Chesterpaul can drift to any side when needed. Though he is short in height, his physical structure makes no difference in winning the aerial duels as his high jumps to win the ball always surprise opponents. With his pace and calibre to easily dribble past defenders, he will be the man to stop for the Pune based club.

Juan Quero- DSK Shivajians:  The Spanish midfielder is the creative engine of the team. Quero is excellent with the ball at his feet and always pin-point accurate with his passes. The 32-year old is also good at defence and excellent at winning the ball with clean tackles. DSK will be looking at the midfielder as a link between midfield and attack in the tomorrow’s match.

 Probable Line-ups

Churchill Brothers: (4-4-2) Priyant (GK), Khan, Seriton, Rodrigues, Almeida, Brandon, Costa, Surchandra, Kroma, Lyngdoh (U22), Wolfe.

DSK Shivjians: (4-4-2) Paul (GK), Gauramangi, Charles, Mawihmingthanga, Quero, Narzary, Lalrinzuala, Sairuatkima, Dhot, Milan, Passi.         


The match will be telecast live on Ten 2 from 4.35 PM. You can also follow live text commentary of the game on


Published: Sat Feb 25, 2017 08:32 PM IST


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