Salgaocar hold Churchill

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

A controversial goal in the 73rd minute by substitute Sebastiao Endro helped Salgaocar to hold Churchill Bros to a 2-2 draw and split points in the oil PSU Nati

Salgaocar hold Churchill

Margao:

A controversial goal in the 73rd minute by substitute Sebastiao Endro helped Salgaocar to hold Churchill Bros to a 2-2 draw and split points in the oil PSU National Football League at Nehru stadium today.After man of the match Sunday Seah neutralised Churchill Bros first half strike by Benjamin Ansah, Yusif Yakubu again gave Churchill the lead in the 68th minute.Salgaocar, which dictated terms in the second half, clawed their way to find the equaliser through a controversial goal scored by Endro.Churchill's decision to bring in Benjamin Ansah in place of defender Osumanu Husseini, gave the team more thrust in its attack. Medio Noel Wilson added more solidity in the defence along with Mahesh Gawli as Churchill enjoyed edge over Salgaocar.On the other hand, Salgaocar failed to play a cohesive game in the first half and had a glorious chance midway in the first half to take the lead, but Tomba who had only the keeper to beat off Sunday's pass, shot out.Churchill survived the close shave and celebrated it with a goal when Ansah's 25 yards curling shot off a free kick taken by Yakubu beat keeper Kalyan Chaubey to find the net.At change of ends, Salgacoar made two changes, bringing in Jos Esteves and Endro in place of Mani Tombi Singh and Samson Singh, which changed the complexion of the game as the team started dictating terms and found the equaliser in the 66th minute.Jitin Bist's firm grounder off a free kick saw the ball brush keeper Ansah's hands and deflecting the post. Sunday made no mistake to find the net. However, Churchill hit back and again took the lead through a penalty.The penalty was awarded after defender Bello Rasaq brought down Roque Barretto inside the box and referee Walter Pereira showed the dreaded spot which Yakubu converted.Salgaocar continued to put pressure on its rivals and found the equaliser through substitute Endro.Defender Robert Fernandes's long pass to Sunday on the left found the rival defence hesitant thinking it was off side. However, finding that the assistant referee had not raised the flag, Sunday sent a goal mouth cross to substitute Endro, who sent it into the net. The draw put Salgaocar with 28 points from 16 matches, while Churchill were at 22 points from as many matches. (PTI)



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