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ITI beat F C Kochin to
end losing run

Indian Telephone Industries ended their run of three successive defeats when they humbled F C Kochin 2-0 in a Tata National Football League match in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Scoring once in each half, the telephone men earned their sixth victory from their 14th engagement in the league, to take their tally to 22 and move ahead of HAL, a debutant team having 21 points.

F C Kochin have ten points.

ITI went into the lead when striker Mohd Salisu headed the ball home off a pass from George Ekeh in the 36th minute of the first half.

In the second half, FC Kochin tried to find the equaliser, but the ITI defence thwared their moves.

Finally, ITI, after missing several chances, managed to increase the lead with another goal through Mike Okoro, who guided the ball into the goal off a lob from Shamshy Raza in the 74th minute.

ITI had tasted defeat at the hands of HAL, Zee Churchill and East Bengal in earlier matches.

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