AFC Cup 2014: Churchill Brothers go down to Persipura Jayapura

Persipura Jayapura vs Churchill Brothers
AFC Cup 2014
Group E
Mandala Stadium, Indonesia
Persipura Jayapura 2-0 Churchill Brothers
PJ: Boaz Solossa(49th), Yohanes Pahabol(62nd)

Churchill Brothers Goa went down 2-0 against Persipura Jayapura in their opening AFC Cup, Group E encounter at the Mandala Stadium, Indonesia on Tuesday afternoon.

Goals by Boaz Solossa and Yohanes Pahabol in the second half sealed three points for the home side. Mariano Dias started with a 4-4-2 formation with Balwant Singh partnering Anthony Wolfe in attack. The Red Machines started off well with the first opportunity coming Balwant Singh’s way . His header from a Saran Singh corner went wide. Anthony Wolfe then saw his header go wide in the 11th minute. In the 40th minute,  Boaz Solossa tested Arindam Bhattacharya in goal who did well to avert the danger. The teams went into the dressing room with the score at 0-0.
Persipura Jayapura vs Churchill Brothers - AFC Cup 2014
Churchill Brothers in action against Persipura Jayapura
in the AFC Cup 2014 Group E encounter

In the 49th minute,Boaz Solossa broke the deadlock as he slotted home a Yohanes Pahabol cross from the right. In the 62nd minute, Pahabol doubled his side's lead after latching on to a pass from Ronny Beroparay. It looked like the long travel to Jayapura was taking a toll on the Indian champions. Coach Mariano Dias made a couple of changes with Richard Costa and Ashley Fernandes coming on for Bineesh Balan and Abdelhamid Shabana. Richard Costa took a long shot that sailed over the crossbar in the 83rd minute. Moments later, Lenny Rodrigues attempted the same with the ball going safely into the hands of the goalkeeper Jae-Hoon.

Churchill Brothers Goa will take on New Radiant ( Maldives) in their next AFC cup match on the 11th of March  2014 at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa.
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