Margao: Churchill Brothers were tied on points at the top of the table after they demolished Sporting Clube de Goa 8-4 in a 11th round I-League clash at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday.
Bineesh Balan grabbed a hat-trick within the first 40 minutes while Gabonese striker Henry Antchouet and Beto each struck a brace. Lebanese striker Akram Moghrabi also joined the scoring party as the team registered their biggest win this season.
For Sporting Clube, Joseph Pereira scored two goals while Ogba Kalu and Japanese striker Seiya Sugishita scored the other two goals. The big win meant Churchill Brothers are now tied on points with defending champions Dempo Sports Club at the top of the table but will continue to be placed second due to their inferior head to head record with Dempo.
Churchill technical director Subhas Bhowmick, however, will be pleased with his team’s performance as they, at one stage, were a goal down despite taking a ninth minute lead through Bineesh.
Kalu scored a stunning long-ranger for Sporting to bring the team on level terms before another beautiful team goal from Pereira meant Sporting Club were now ahead and that too inside the first half an hour itself. Churchill, however, were not to be disappointed as the speedy Bineesh was in the form of his life, scoring goals almost at will.
His curl from just outside the box was as good as it gets in the 44th minute and a minute later he completed his hat-trick when he gave finishing touches to a quick counter attack.