Churchill halt Sporting by 3-0, Odafe excels

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Margao, Oct 19 (UNI) Riding on a fine brace of goals by Nigerian Odafe Okolie, formidable Churchill Brothers halted Sporting's winning run, humbling them 3-0 in the ONGC I-League championship match here today.

Apart from man of the match Odafe's two goals one in each half in the 14th and 55th minute of the match, the other goal for Churchill Brother came through Naoba Singh in the 68th minute.

With this win, Churchill maintained their unbeaten race and increased the points tally to seven points from three outings with two wins and a draw. While Sporting remained on the same nine points from four outings with three wins and a defeat.

It was just not a sporting day today. Nothing went right for them, as they failed to combine as a team and let their opponent's forward line function freely.

Churchill were more with the ball and with a better share of exchanges in the first half, were leading by one goal, which came as early as in the 14th minute of the first half through Nigerian ace striker Odafe Okolie off a fine cross pass received from L Roberto.

In the counter attack, Sporting had a golden opportunity to level the score in the next minute, but forward Nathaniol Amos wasted a sitter from the close range.

After leading 1-0 at the breather, Churchill regrouped well and played a spirited game with an emphasis on attack and pumped in two more goals at will. Churchill increased their lead in the 55th minute through Odafe Okolie, whose powerpacked shot from outside the penalty area found the net to make it 2-0.

Churchill completed their tally in the 68th minute through Naoba Singh, whose full blooded shot gave no chance to rival goalkeeper. It was a good pass from Odafe that sealed the fate of Sporting Club de Goa.

Towards the close of play, Sporting made some desperate attempts to reduce the margin and came near scoring on couple of occasions, but Churchill's goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharaya smartly thwarted the attempted tries from Nigerian Junior Elejah.


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