Churchill rally to beat Chirag United

Margao: Churchill Brothers kept their hopes of winning the title alive when they rallied to beat Chirag United 2-1 and move to second spot of the table after Round 21 of the I-league at the Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

Chirag United, who dictated terms in the midfield in the first half, took the lead in the 29th minute when Sunil Chhetri`s bi-cycle kick off a Josimar pass found the net.

Chhetri had a good chance in the dying minutes of the first half to increase the lead but failed to direct his head on target off a flag kick taken from Lalkamal Bhowmick.

Churchill Brothers, who struggled to stitched good moves in the first half with Odafe Okolie tightly marked by the rival defenders, raised his game in the second half and found the equaliser in the 61st minute.

Defender Chika Wali, who shadowed Odafe Okolie throughout the match, was guilty in conceding the equaliser when he tried to clear a cross from Raju Yumnam from the right but ended in finding his side`s own net in the 61st minute.

The goal spurred Churchill Brothers who went into attacking mode and scored four minutes later.

Charan Rai initiated the move from the left as he relayed the ball to Odafe Okolie who chested the ball to Zakeer Mundampara who volleyed home with a fierce shot that found the roof of the net which turned out to be the match winner.