Collins stars for Indian Bank

CHENNAI: Pius Chiddi Collins's brace helped Indian Bank defeat Arrows FC 3-1 and maintain its unbeaten record in the St. Joseph's-Chennai Football Association senior division league here on Monday.

Arrows produced the first chance of the game, but R. Marikkani placed a free header wide of the post.

Indian Bank took the lead in the 17th minute through Collins. N. Dhinakaran's long ball was headed by Collins on to Ikwvagu Ogechi Stanley, who dribbled past two defenders before crossing the ball for Collins to caress the ball into the net. Collins again finished impressively from Stanley's through ball in the 25th minute, but the former's effort was ruled out for offside, a decision that riled the Indian Bank bench.

Indian Bank though asserted its advantage soon after. Collins finished coolly after controlling an impeccable through ball from midfielder Stegin.

Arrows' M. Kuppuraj wasted a gilt-edged chance in the 40th minute, when he thrashed a cross from Vimal Rajan straight at the goalkeeper.

Arrows pulled a goal back in the 54 {+t} {+h} minute through Marikanni who reacted first to a parry by the Indian Bank goalkeeper. This is the first goal that Indian Bank has conceded in the league this season.

After the temporary set back, Indian Bank restored its two goal advantage in the 62nd minute. Stanley converted a penalty that resulted from a foul by Antony Xavier on Collins. Arrows had its chances to get back into the game, but was let down by some wasteful finishing.

Earlier in the first division, Perambur Blues drew 1-1 with Chennai Port Trust. Festus Onoriode scored for Perambur Blues, while K. Vijay netted for Port Trust.