Churchill qualify for semi-finals in style

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SILIGURI: Giving yet another essay of its consistent form, Churchill
Brothers blanked 10-man Air India 4-0 in the final round of group-B
league in the 34th Federation Cup at Kanchanjungha Stadium on Monday.
Churchill Brothers picked up the required points form the win and
sealed the top position in the group standings (with seven points) and
lone semifinal berth on offer.

Churchill Brothers saw its famed forward-line combining well as the
Goa side mounted sustained attacks and found the goals at regular
interval. Nigerian Henry Autchouet, Brazilian Roberto Mendes Silva and
the Lebanese substitute Akram Moghrabi scored one each while
midfielder Bikramjit Singh completed the tally. Churchill’s efforts
were further eased by the ejection of the Air India captain Mickey
Fernandes, who was sent off with a red card for stamping Roberto in
the 66th minute.

Requiring a win to ensure the semifinal berth, Churchill Brothers drew
first blood in the 22nd minute when Henry capped a solo effort to
secure the break. Churchill doubled the goal hunt after the earning
the lead but had to wait till the 64th minute to see it happening.
Roberto, who impressed in his role as Churchill’s play-maker, scored
from a spectacular free-kick to double the lead.

Continuing with its disciplined showing the Churchill Brothers took
the plan of its technical director Subhas Bhowmick ahead scoring two
more goals, which came off the Lebanese striker Akram (84th minute)
and Bikramjit Singh (90th minute). Churchill Brothers tallied seven
points while Air India finished with three points.

Posted on : Monday September 24, 2012