Substitute David’s second-half brace led ICF to a thrilling 3-2 win over Arrows FC in the St. Joseph’s-CFA senior division league here on Tuesday. Trailing 0-1 at half-time, the TFA Shield champion turned the match around with three goals in 20 minutes.
Earlier in the day, league leader Southern Railway failed to win its third consecutive game drawing 1-1 with Hindustan Eagles.
Arrows' young star Arun coolly slid the ball past the ICF goalkeeper after collecting Arohizundu Joel’s through ball in the 19th minute.
However, ICF came back stronger in the second period. Its equaliser came in the 55th minute when Suresh Kumar’s deep cross from the right was nodded in at the far post by Venkatesan. Five minutes later, ICF was in the lead as man-of-the-match David finished Kamesh’s cross into an empty net after the latter had gone past ’keeper Yesudas.
Though Arrows equalised in the 65th minute through Morgan Justice, it proved to be a minor aberration in a period of ICF’s dominance, and victory was sealed nine minutes later when another goal-keeping error allowed David’s shot to creep inside the goal.
The results: ICF 3 (Venkatesan 55, David 60, 74) bt Arrows 2 (P. Arun 19, Morgan Justice 65); Hindustan Eagles 1 (Christian Taylor 48) drew with Southern Railway 1 (P.C. Riju 49). — Sports Reporter