Lalkhapuimawia's orthopedic device helps Churchill Brothers leave Punjab FC 3-0 blank

Margao, December 1 () Lalkhapuimawia hit an orthopedic device when Churchill Brothers put the Punjab FC 3-0 blank to begin their I-League campaign with a winning note here on Sunday.

Lalkhapuimawia scored the part-time coup and in the 81st minute before the boss Willis Plaza added another in the 70th minute.

The duo of Trinidadian Robert Primus in defense and Ghanaian midfielder Kalif Alhassan made the alignment of Churchill and began against his former club. Talisman and patron Plaza led the line, with Dawda Caesay behind him.

The former Aizawl FC forward Lalkhapuimawia also made his debut at the club.

Punjab FC, on the other hand, went with a traditional 4-3-3 formation. Anwar Ali started in the heart of the defense, with former East Bengal man, Sanju Pradhan, in the center of the field. Dipanda Dicka started forward, making her debut in Punjab.

The game began at an accelerated pace as both sides pressed and sought to jump to the slightest start.

Churchill had the best of exchanges in the first half, and finally scored his first goal in the additional half time.

Ponif Vaz threw a center, which elbowed Anwar Ali and fell to Lalkhapuimawia, and striker Mizo made no mistake by scoring in his debut and giving Churchill the lead.

Punjab FC left after the break as a more organized unit. However, Churchill doubled his lead in the 70th minute, when a run through the center of Gambian Dawda Cessay paid dividends when he found Plaza, who scored on a clinical right foot.

The game went beyond any doubt when Israel Gurung, in the 81st minute, launched one on Punjab's defense with Lalkhapuimawia as the target. With a defender on his shoulder and goalkeeper Bhaskar Roy in his peripheral vision, Lalkhapuimawia unleashed an acrobatic scissor kick from outside the area to seal his home debut with a potential goal from the season's contender. Punjab tried, but failed to unite any real threat for the rest of the game. Anwar Ali had a game to forget and was shown a red card in the final stages. PDS PDS PDS

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