Goa’s Churchill Brothers FC registered their first win of the 12th Hero I-League season, with the help of a Willis Plaza hat-trick against Shillong Lajong at the Tilak Maidan on Thursday. Playing their first home game of the season, the Goan giants struck four against Shillong’s two to rise up the league standings to third place.
Captain Dawda Cessay scored the fourth for Churchill while for Shillong it was the two Samuels, captain Lalmuanpuia and Lyngdoh who got on the scoresheet.
Churchill’s Romanian coach Petre Gigiu opted to make three changes to the starting XI from the one which played in the previous game against Real Kashmir FC, one of them forced. First choice keeper James Kithan who had been sent off against Kashmir was replaced by Vicky Baskaran. Besides, midfielder Aniston Fernandes started his first game for Churchill this season. Jovel Martins also got another start and the players missing were Khalid Aucho and Nalappan Mohanraj, out injured.
For Shillonmg, Naorem Mahesh Singh, the man who had that wonderful double strike in their league opener, lost his place after some uninspiring displays. Sheen Stevenson was rewarded with a start by coach Alison, presumably for his role in the goal against Gokulam in the previous encounter.
In defense, Kynsaillang Khongsit came in place of Kebstar Kharsong and they had a change in goal as well, with Phurba Lachempa replacing Neithovilie chilies. The home team dominated the proceedings tournament with 24 shots on goal against 10 for their opponents. Only eight of them were on target though.
From Online Sources