Mumbai Kenkre FC and Churchill Brothers win 1-1 draw in I-League match at Cooperage in Mumbai . Churchill Brothers finally open their account in the points standings in their third outing .
Mumbai (Maharashtra) India : On Thursday, hosts Mumbai Kenkre FC and Churchill Brothers won a 1-1 draw in a fierce I-League match at the Cooperage in Mumbai.When Churchill Brothers finally opened their account in the points standings in their third outing, Azfar Noorani's early first-half goal was cancelled out late in the second half by Lalkhawpuimawia.Mumbai Kenkre FC now has four points from their three matches after Ranjeet Pandre took the ball to Azfar Noorani, who drifted inside the Churchill box from the left and finished perfectly with an angular shot.Two minutes later, home team skipper Kiran Pandhare almost doubled the lead when his header skimmed past the goal following a corner from Aravindraj Rajan, but the hosts continued to work hard to stop the Goan attackers.Albino Gomes, a Churchill custodian, came out of his line to tackle the assault effectively.Kenkre's midfielder was dominated by Pandhare, while Noorani maintained a constant threat on the left with his pace and skills as the home team made a big difference through counterattacks.In the second half, the Churchill Brothers dominated the field of ball possession, but did not challenge Kenkre goalkeeper Padam Chettri too often.Momo Cisse fired a powerful shot into the bottom corner, but Chettri saved it, allowing him to score what could have been a spectacular goal ten minutes before the break. On the other hand, in the 61st minute, Cisse made a mistake in judging the cross that led to Pandre, Kynsailang Khongsits.The Red Machines equalized with seven minutes of regulation time, but unfortunately for Churchill, a Pandres shot went over the crossbar.Tana fired a free kick at Cisse in the box, aiming for her.The Churchill skipper tapped the ball for Joseph Clemente, who then headed it to Lalkhawpuimawia to slot home the equalizer. In the last minute of add-on time, Churchill came close to hitting the ground when Tana fired a cross into the box.Cisse rose to the highest level, but his header was blocked by keeper Chettri, who grabbed the ball as the referee blew the whistle.