Churchill swamp Mahindras; win by a 5-1 margin

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Mumbai, Nov 29 (UNI) Churchill Brothers today played havoc with the local giants Mahindra United routing them by five goals to one margin to register their second win in as many matches in the ONGC-I-League match played at the Cooperage stadium here today.

For Mahindra United, this was their first loss after drawing their opening match with Air India 1-1.

Churchill Brothers, who had beaten the Mahindra United team in the Durand Cup, proved that victory was no fluke as they outplayed the Mumbai team in all departments of the game to come out deserving victors.

This second victory on the trot takes Churchill Brothers side to six points and also to the top of the table (on goal difference with Dempo) while the Mumbai team has just a solitary point from two home outings.

Man-of-the-match Mboyo Iyomi pumped in the first and the last goal (11th and 89th minutes) while Khemthang Paite (19th minute), Odafe Okolie (36th minute) and Reisangmi Vashum (added on time in the first half) added to the tally with some thunderous strikes.

Yakubu Yusif reduced the margin in the 67th minute off a looping 25-yard free-kick, rival goalkeeper Vinay Singh punching the ball into his own goal.

Churchill Brothers' rousing win today confirmed the fact that their victory over the same rivals in the recent Durand Cup final was no fluke. What was more creditable was that it was achieved with the cream of their midfield - Brazilian Fabio Vidal, Genius Zenith and Chitrasen Singh -- being absent due to injury.

With the key defenders being cleaned out in the inter-state transfers, and with N P Pradeep nursing injury, it was evident that the inexperienced Mahindra backline would be at sixes and sevens when up against quality strikers. And so it turned out today, as they found Iyomi and Okolie, both tall, strong and skilful, too hot to handle. The Nigerian duo capitalized on almost every defensive error to set up a famous victory.

Churchill Brothers' midfield and defence too rose to the occasion, the collective working up a scorching pace from the very beginning to give the 'red devils' a real taste of hell.

UNI

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