I-League 2018-19: Defending champions Minerva Punjab begin new marketing campaign with goalless draw towards Churchill Brothers


Panchkula: Defending champions Minerva Punjab kicked off their marketing campaign by enjoying out a goal-less draw with Churchill Brothers of their I-League match on Sunday.

The 2 sides break up factors on the finish of 90 minutes, in a match characterised by many missed possibilities. AIFF

The 2 sides break up factors on the finish of 90 minutes, in a match characterised by many missed possibilities and a scarcity of creativeness in assault.

Churchill Brothers gave an excellent account of themselves whereas Minerva confirmed glimpses of what they’re able to within the second half, however each groups failed to interrupt the impasse on the Tau Devi Lal Stadium.

Irish UEFA Professional license holder Paul Munster, Minerva’s newly appointed technical director and coach Sachin Badadhe, selected to go in with an attacking formation with Nigerian Philip Njoku and the younger and proficient Souvik Das as wing backs in entrance of a three-man deep protection led by Ivorian Lancine Toure.

Akash Sangwan and the mercurial Nongdamba Naoren, additionally their under-22 begin of the day, had been performed as attacking left and proper wingers. William Opoku Asiedu and Manandeep Singh had been the goal males upfront.

Churchill additionally had a brand new coach for the season in Romanian Petre Gigiu and he opted for a extra conservative 4-4-2 formation with Trinidadian Willis Plaza and and Gambian Dawda Cessay upfront with a four-man midfield led by Ugandan Khalid Aucho and Richard Costa at its coronary heart.

Lamgoulen Hangshing was their under-22 decide in midfield and the teenager impressed within the sport along with his approach and imaginative and prescient earlier than he was changed early within the second half.

James Kithan was most well-liked in aim and the four-man backline was led by the likes of Lebanese Hussein Eldor and Mohanraj.

Minerva began from left to proper of the sphere of their now acquainted deep and lightweight blue stripes whereas Churchill had been in all crimson.

The Goan facet nonetheless had the higher of the exchanges within the first half, led by good performances by Dawda Cessay specifically who was essentially the most enterprising, in addition to Aucho and Hangshing in midfield.

Within the 90th minute, substitute Uttam Rai had a golden likelihood to win it for the away facet however his volley went straight on the keeper.

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