CHURCHILL REMAIN UNBEATEN WITH THIRD DRAW IN THREE OUTINGS
In biting cold and snow dripping down in Srinagar, 10-man Churchill Brothers FC, playing in very different and tough conditions, managed to remain unbeaten holding Real Kashmir FC to a goalless draw at the TRC Turf Ground in Srinagar on Tuesday.
The Red Machines got the first sight of goal when Israil Gurung delivered an inch-perfect cross from the left flank but Hangshing failed to guide it into the net with a free header from close range.
It was a moment of madness from Churchill Brothers' keeper James Kithan when he handled the ball outside the box in a bid to stop Gnohere Krizo who was through on goal. Referee Tanmoy Dhar flashed a red card to give the goalkeeper his marching orders just before the break.
Kashmir upped their ante in the second half as they looked to take advantage of a 10-man Churchill. But their long-ball strategy was not helping their cause as Nenad Novakovic kept Krizo under close watch.
Churchill’s Romanian Coach Petre Gigiu must be complimented for handling the team so well not only in unfavorable weather conditions but also with their No 1 goalkeeper being sent out.
Certainly Churchill must be proud of the fact that the boys are so used to playing in hot weather at home that the chilling conditions were a challenge. Surely they conquered everything. If the team did n to get three points at least they got one. And an away point is well worth it at any time.
Churchill will play in familiar conditions at home when they take on Shillong Lajong on November 15. Come on boys……..!