Churchill post maiden win

Cristhian Lagos struck twice as Churchill Brothers drubbed New Radiant of Maldives 3-0 to secure their first win in the AFC Cup here on Tuesday.

Lagos scored in the 31st and 75th minutes while Anthony Wolfe got the other goal in the 52nd minute in the Group E league match at Nehru Stadium.

Churchill, who lost to Persipura Jayapura of Indonesia in their opening encounter, moved to three points from two games.

New Radiant, who got the better of Home United of Singapore in their first game, stayed on three points.

The Goan outfit began the game brightly, attacking through the flanks. Their two forwards – Lagos and Wolfe – were also combining well and possessed a constant threat to the New Radiant defence.

The duo caused all sorts of problems for their rivals in the first-half and created half-a-dozen chances with Wolfe fluffing his lines  twice with only the keeper to beat, much to his team-mates’ chagrin.

Lagos himself had an early chance but saw his header sail over the bar but he soon scored Churchill’s opener.

Fine finish

The Costa Rican finished with aplomb after Wolfe chested down the ball onto his path following a low cross from Satish Singh down from the right, triggering celebrations in the Churchill camp.

With Lenny Rodrgiues pulling the strings, Churchill controlled the midfield and could have scored more had Wolfe converted the chances that had come his way.

The same narrative continued in the second-half as Churchill continued to dictate terms to New Radiant but the Maldives-based outfit were in with a chance as long as the deficit stayed at one.

The equation changed soon after with Wolfe atoning for his earlier misses. Following a throw-in from the right, Wolfe gained possession to beat the Maldivian goalkeeper, making it 2-0.

Lagos then added a third to put the match beyond the visitors’ reach when he followed through after Abdel Shabana’s initial shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.
PTI

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