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United rally to hold Churchill

Calcutta: In an entertaining I-League clash at the Duler stadium in Mapusa, Goa, on Sunday, Prayag United SC rallied to hold Churchill Brothers 2-2. Goals from Ranti Martins and Mohammed Rafique helped Prayag restore parity after Akram Moghrabi and Beto took Churchill ahead twice.

United SC are now fifth with 31 points, while Churchill remain second with 39, still a point behind table-toppers East Bengal. What could worry Churchill the most is the fact that they haven’t been able to register a win in their last three matches.

On Sunday, though, Churchill were off to an attacking start with Steven Dias looked menacing at the attacking-third.

The deadlock was broken in the 28 th minute when a Beto free-kick bounced awkwardly in front of Sangram. Moghrabi was quick enough to react, making no mistake to slot the ball in.

United SC drew level in the stoppage time of the first half when Ranti Martins did the needful as the ball Lalkamal Bhowmick’s cross was headed by Dhanachandra Singh. Dhanachandra couldn’t head that properly and the fell at the feet of Ranti Martins, who completed the formalities.

Meanwhile, United SC are likely to release striker Kayne Vincent, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury. A Japanese striker may be roped in.