Salgaocar edge past Champions Churchill 1-0

GOA: Salgaocar Football Club took defending Champions Churchill Brothers Sports Club by surprise with a solitary goal victory in the opening match of the Airtel I-League at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Saturday (September 21, 2013).

Scottish striker Darryl Duffy scored the only goal of the match in the 42nd minute to give coach Derrick Pereira a winning start since returning to the club he excelled as a player.

Both teams took quite some time to get into the groove but as the match progressed it were Salgaocar who looked like the more dangerous team.

With Scottish striker Darryl Duffy and Frenchman Claude Gnakpa combining well upfront, the Churchill defence never really had a comforting time. Then there was the threat of Francis Fernandes, who had the first real chance of the match in the 12th minute when he played a nice one-two with Duffy only to see his flick sail inches past the post.

It was Duffy, though, who created and missed most of the chances in the first session. The first came when young Clifton Dias sent him through only for Arindam Bhattacharya to come up with a brilliant save.

A few minutes later, Arindam was once again called into action, and this time the goalkeeper had to make a double save. He did well to block Duffy’s header and then did even better to keep away Francis in quick succession.

Arindam, however, ended up being the villain for Churchill in the 42nd minute after he spilled a regulation collection, allowing Duffy to score Salgaocar’s opening goal from close range.

Churchill had just one chance in the opening 45 minutes and it was messed up by Bineesh Balan just in front of goal.

In the second session, Churchill looked determined to wipe out the deficit but did not really test rival goalkeeper Karanjit Singh. The only time Karanjit was called into action was in the 62nd minute when Lenny Rodrigues’s grounder was tipped to safety by an alert goalkeeper.

Salgaocar could have killed the game in the 81st minute but Karma Tsewang could not control his tap when fed on the platter by a delightful Gilbert Oliveira cross.

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Saran Singh
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Bineesh Balan
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Ravanan D.
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Raju Mangang
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