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Ansah's brace gives Fransa victory

Source: PTI
April 19, 2005 21:18 IST
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Ghanian recruit Benjamin Ansah's double strike in the first half guided Fransa Pax to their eighth victory in the National Football League in Margao, Goa, on Tuesday. They beat Churchill Brothers 2-1.

Fransa dictated terms initially and scored both goals through man-of-the-match Benjamin in third and 20th minute.

Churchill, who mounted pressure in the latter part of the first half and second, lacked firepower and direction to score but pulled one back five minutes before the final whistle when Marcos Pereira headed home off substitute Vanlal Rova's pass.

The ball went past substitute keeper Kalyan Chubey, who came in place of regular Rajat Guha, who got injured 10 minutes before the end while going for an aerial ball.

Rajat Guha also showed good anticipation as he effected good saves off Yusif Yakubu and Marcos Pereira's shots.

The victory took Fransa to fourth place. They displaced Mahindras to fifth, with 29 points from 18 matches, while Churchill, who are struggling to avoid relegation, suffered their ninth defeat and remained ninth place with 17 points from as many matches.

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