Willis Plaza stars in his return when Churchill beat Neroca 4-1 in I-League
MARGAO: man back Willis Plaza He lived up to his reputation with a goal and two assists when Churchill Brothers achieved a 4-1 victory over Neroca FC in a I-League Fixture on Sunday.
Ponif Vaz (5th), Willis Plaza (35th), Vinyl Poojary (65th) and Israil Gurung (90 + 1st) scored for Churchill Brothers, while Philip Tettey (26th) struck once for Neroca FC.
Churchill Brothers now has 13 points in eight games and ranks fifth in the points table.
It was a return day for both teams, as the home team saw the return of star forward Willis Deon Plaza, who was not part of the loss suffered by the Red Machines against Gokulam Kerala FC away from home.
Neroca, on the other hand, saw the return of Singam Subhash Singh, his first season hero in the league, who made a move in the January transfer window of Real Kashmir FC.
The first half started with high-intensity action as the home team drew first blood from a corner in the 5th minute. The corner found an unmarked Ponif Vaz in front of the goal who smashed it home for his team to give them an early lead.
It was very difficult to choose between both teams, since they went face to face with very little to separate them in terms of possession.
Neroca's efforts finally paid off to get a draw when the ball fell to overtake Philip Tettey, who dribbled a defender and then James Kithan on Churchill's goal to score a goal worthy of praise with 26 minutes on the clock .
With a goal apiece, Churchill were eager to go in the lead and resorted to a high-pressing game and it worked to their advantage as a through ball on the left side of the box found Willis Plaza and he cut inside the box but was fouled by Roshan Singh, which led to a penalty.
Willis Plaza put the ball in the back of the net from the spot without much hassle and Churchill again led at home in the 35th minute.
There was action until the last minute of the half when Plaza finished again due to a mistake by Marvin Phillip in Neroca's goal.
This time, however, his first touch disappointed him and gave Neroca time to regroup and partially cleared the ball, which fell to Dawda Ceesay, but his curly shot from the corner of the area surpassed the goal.
The first half of the second half came to Neroca in the 54th minute. Tettey had finished one by one, but his shot went straight to Kithan at the goal of Churchill, who made a crucial save.
Plaza, who was looking in scintillating form, pulled out another class act. His perfect through ball spotted Vinyl Poojary in the 65th minute and resulted in a one-on-one situation as Poojary went around the keeper and netted the ball for the third goal.
El juego se estaba abriendo aún más ahora y in a lapso de dos minutos cerca del minuto 70, hubo oportunidades en ambos extremos del campo, pero ambos porteros mostraron su clase y realizaron salvaciones acrobáticas para sacar a sus equipos de peligro.
There was a icing on the cake for the Red Machines in the additional time when the second half substitute Israil Gurung came into the act.
Again, it was Captain Plaza who proposed the assistance and a shot fired from the fielder flew towards the bottom of the net with the clock marking 90 + 1 '.
James Kithan of Churchill Brothers FC Goa was awarded the Hero of the Match for his incredible performance against the goal.