Frincis Okechukwu scored an late equaliser for the home team at 92nd minute as he nullified the Henry Kisekka’s 72nd minute goal to award an draw to the home team at the Tilak Maidan in Goa on Saturday in Hero I-League 2017-18.
With this draw Churchill Brothers moves one point clear to the ninth placed Chennai City who were shredded by Kingfisher East Bengal earlier that afternoon.
Churchill Brothers introduced their fresh signings Jeancy Siyo and Frincis Okechukwu in the starting XI. Mechac Koffi and Kalu Ogba have been ruled out for the season due to injury which has given chance to the new signings. Richard Costa and Wayne Vaz also made it to the cut as they were also induced in the team.
In the 10th minute Gokulam defender Daniel Addo made an mistake which provided Onyeama an chance who ran down the flank, gave an pass to Zunapio but the latter missed the chance.
In the first half hour, Gokulam kept the most possession and made home team work hard for the ball. Osagie Monday went down with an injury at half hour mark. Pawan Kumar was made to come in as an substitute of Osagie Monday.
Gokulam would have made an mark when first touch game was played by them as Kivi came close to be introduced to the scoring sheet but it was neglected. Lakra also made an effort for the goal as his distant shot was well stopped by custodian James Kithan to prevent any goal scoring opportunity.
No side could break the deadlock as they moved off the pitch at the half time mark with the scoreline 0-0.
Churchill Brothers started second half on a higher note as the players were opening up the game and made some incessive runs. But it was Gokulam who made some goal scoring chances and kept the opposition’s custodian James Kithan busy.
Both side made substitution in desperation for the goal. Churchill Brothers brought in Nicholas Fernandes and Bektur Talgat whereas Gokulam Kerala also brought in Mahmood Alajmi.
It paid the Gokulam well as Arjun Jayaraj played an one-two with Henry Kisekka, where Arjun laid an goal scoring opportunity to Henry who scored in the 72nd minute and he opened the window for the visitors.
Arjun Jayaraj almost added some more misery to the Red Machines when his header hit the woodwork and the scoreline remained at 0-1.
Churchill Brothers created some chances and went all out to make real goal scoring opportunity. At the end of regulation period injury time was added. Frincis got an opportunity and he made it count when he passed by two defenders and took an shot. Bilal was not able to hold up properly as the ball slipped and Frincis snatched up the ball and scored an late equaliser for the home team.
Gokulam would be next playing the defending champion Aizawl FC on 2nd March whereas Churchill Brothers would be facing Kolkata side Mohun Bagan on 3rd march.