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Football: Churchill, Real Kashmir face off with third place on the line
Margao (Goa), February 18, 2020
Churchill Brothers will be taking on Real Kashmir in the Hero I-League 2019-20 at the Fatorda Stadium here on Wednesday.
Churchill Brothers are currently placed fifth on the Hero I-League table with sixteen points, while Kashmir are a point behind in seventh position. A win for either side will see them rise to third place on the standings.
A stoppage-time victory over Aizawl has served as a huge boost in morale for Churchill, in stark contrast to their preceding outing against Chennai City where the two-time Hero I-League champions were on the receiving end of a stoppage-time knockout at the hands of the reigning kingpins. This has been the story of Churchill’s season, with inconsistency costing them gravely on occasions.
“The team has been playing well, with good offensive football where we have managed to create many goal-scoring opportunities but unfortunately, we have also squandered a lot of chances and then the opponents have capitalised and gone on to score. This has been the story of our last few games,” said Bernardo Tavares, Head Coach, Churchill Brothers.
Weighing in on their dramatic win against Aizawl, he added, “Versus Aizawl, we could have gone to the break with a two-three goal lead because we had clear chances, but unfortunately we didn’t take them.
“We ended up allowing the opponent to claw their way back, but fortunately, the team believed that it was still possible to score another goal and we managed to score in the last minute of stoppage time. It was a victory that brought us some relief.”
Real Kashmir, on the other hand, were on course to weave a victorious streak but their three-game winning run came to a screeching halt against fellow-title hopefuls Punjab , with the home side winning 1-0 in Ludhiana.
Commenting on whether the defeat has deflated their role in the title-race, David Robertson, Head Coach, Real Kashmir said, “It will be tough for any team to catch Mohun Bagan but we always take each game as it comes and never look beyond the next game. There’s still a lot to play for