Salgaocar draw against Churchill

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Local champions Salgaocar and last edition's runners-up Churchill Brothers played out a 2-2 draw and split points in an exciting inaugural match of the seventh

Salgaocar draw against Churchill

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Local champions Salgaocar and last edition's runners-up Churchill Brothers played out a 2-2 draw and split points in an exciting inaugural match of the seventh edition of the National Football League (NFL). Both teams played an attacking game throughout. Salgaocar dictated terms initially and took an early lead in the second minute when an Alex Ambrose shot from the top of the box saw keeper Edward Ansaha fumble and fail to collect cleanly. Sunday Seah, who was lurking nearby, pounced on the loose ball and shot home past keeper Ansaha's legs. Sunday had a glorious chance to increase the lead two minutes later, but he shot over the bar from close after beating defender Osumano Husseini. Churchill regrouped and launched attack from the left and restored parity in the 12th minute. Defender Rajesh Meetei who overlapped well on the left sent a deep cross into the box for Yusif Yakubu who controlled the ball before sending a neat placement to find the far post. Six minutes later, Churchill Bros succeeded in taking the lead when Tikken Singh who received the ball from a throw-in by Rajesh Meetei took a long angular shot from the left that beat keeper Kalayan Chaubey. The ball hit the far post before entering the net. Earlier, Edward Ansaha made a brilliant save off a powerful drive from defender Bello Rasaq. (PTI)

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