Margao: Churchill Brothers, who failed to get a right start losing their opening match against Dempo SC despite putting their best efforts, are now looking to garner full points against newly-promoted ONGC in the second round of the I-League played at Nehru Stadium at Fatorda here on Saturday.

Both the teams started their campaign on losing note after giving a tough fight to their respective opponents and will now be looking to notch up their first win.

Churchill once again will be looking to Roberto Mendes Silva aka Beto to spearhead the attack.

The Brazilian led the charge and controlled the midfield admirably along with Lenny Rodrigues, essaying passes to their forwards, who failed to cash on the chances that came their way.

Bineesh Balan, who missed the last match due to injury, is back in the side, but there is a question mark over his inclusion in the first playing XI.

Churchill Brothers coach Mariano Dias was happy with his team's performance in the opening match except some defensive lapses which allowed Ryuji Sueoka to score two goals.

"We created ample of scoring chances, but our strikers failed to get past rival keeper. ONGC also played well and expect a close fight," stated Dias.

Newly-promoted ONGC have defender Kamal Thapa marshalling their backline, along with ex-India international and experienced Jatin Singh Bisht orchestrating the midfield.

Japanese attacker Katsumi Yusa poses a threat as he has been heavily involved in all of ONGC's goals this season.

"As far as performance in the last game is concerned, we played very well, but again it comes down to luck," he rued. At least a draw would have been a good result," stated ONGC coach Subrata Bhattacharya (Junior).

"We have come with an intention of collecting full points and are prepared to take on Churchill Brothers who have put a good performance in the Federation Cup," stated Bhattacharya.


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