I-League 2017: Mohun Bagan 1-0 Churchill Brothers - 5 Talking Points
#5 Churchill’s style of football
It is quite an effective strategy to slow down the game when a team is winning. However, Churchill, despite being the trailing side, was the one to initiate it, astounding everyone.
They started seeing a lot more of the ball and left the Bagan players frustrated and forced the opposition into committing mistakes. Two such glaring examples of howlers were Subasish Bose’s rash tackle and Sehnaj Singh being booked for another rash attempt to win the ball.
Bagan was given quite a run for their money in the second half as Churchill seemed a lot more vibrant threatening the rearguard of the hosts.
Seriton Fernandes came closest to scoring when he notched up the ball and sped past Anas and Kingshuk and even did beautifully to get past Debjit. However, an absence of players up front witnessed the opportunity being steered to safety.
Colaco found Debjit out of his line and decided to take a shy at goal. He was almost rewarded handsomely had it not been for the woodwork coming in between.
With numeric superiority for the last 25 minutes, Churchill could have easily pushed for the equaliser. With Bagan forced to defend with everything they had, Churchill failed to encroach.
Kingsley Fernandes was adjudged as the hero of the match for an impeccable and dogged defensive performance.