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Churchill down Tollygunge

Source: PTI
April 10, 2005 19:00 IST
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Yusuf Yakubu and Marcos Pereira each scored a brace as Churchill Brothers beat Tollygunge Agragami 4-2 in the National Football League match in Kolkata on Sunday.

Ghanaian Yakubu gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the breather before his Brazilian teammate pumped in another two while Saumik Dey and Tarif Ahmed reduced the margin for Tollygunge at the Salt Lake stadium.

With both the rivals hovering round in the relegation zone, the victory gave Churchill vital three points that promoted the Goans to the joint eighth spot with Mohun Bagan in the league standing with 17 points from 16 matches.

Tollygunge, on the other hand, slipped a step behind from the ninth spot as they remained with 15 points from 16 games.

Yakubu struck as early as the seventh minute and scored again in the last minute before the break from a penalty awarded by referee P Bhaskar.

Marcos made the issue safer in the 54th minute before Dey led a Tollygunge resurgence converting a free-kick and making the scoreline 1-3 barely three minutes later.

Tollygunge further narrowed the margin through youngster Tarif Ahmed in the 83rd minute, but Marcos sealed their fate striking it rich in the fag end of the thrilling encounter.


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