Churchill Brothers played true to its current form as it blanked AIFF’s youth team, Pailan Arrows, 3-0 in a 10 round I-League football match at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Monday.
The match witnessed a good contest of attacking football — a direct contrast to the violence that erupted when two of its most reputed sides, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan, took the field on Sunday.
Joined by its Brazilian play-maker Roberto Mendes Silva (Beto), Churchill Brothers outgunned the youthful Arrows, which is the only team in the tournament not employing a foreigner. Beto struck twice while Bineesh Balan completed the tally.
Despite playing its fourth consecutive ‘away’ match Churchill Brothers has shown fine consistency and picked up full points to consolidate its position in the league standings.
Ever since losing at home to East Bengal in the sixth round, Churchill has done very well as a visitor to eastern India.
It has won three and drawn one to pick up 10 points out of the possible 12 — its results being 1-0 win against Shillong Lajong FC, a goalless draw against United Sikkim FC and a 2-1 win over Prayag United SC to add to its Monday’s win.
Churchill Brothers started the scoring process early when forwards Bineesh Balan collected a nice through-pass from Beto and found the net from a powerful shot.
Churchill returned with more conviction after the break and doubled the lead in the 49 minute, when Beto nodded home a corner from Balan. Nine minutes later Beto made it 3-0 making the most of an indirect free-kick awarded inside the Arrows’ box.
Churchill Brother now has 22 points from 10 matches while Arrows remains on 14 from its 10.
The result: Churchill Brothers 3 (Bineesh Balan 3, Beto 49 & 58th) bt Pailan Arrows 0.