In a hard-fought match, Indian Bank held Southern Railway to a 1-1 draw in the St. Joseph’s-Chennai Football Association senior division league here on Thursday.
The first half was mostly a dull affair with both teams struggling to maintain possession. Senior player Sirajudeen was the guiding light for the Railway team with clever passes and imaginative play, and rightly gave a head-start to his team in the 25th minute with a fine right-footer that curled inside the goal.
Touched to the quick, IB worked with vigour and enterprise in the second session. The midfield and the strikers worked in tandem, rasing hopes of an equaliser. Twenty-one minutes into the half, the pocket dynamo Lalkrut Pui equalised with a wonderful left-foot shot from close range. Earlier, in another senior division match, RBI held AGORC to a goalless draw.
Later Roque D’Silva, Indian Bank coach said, “It was a resurrection of sorts for us. The second half saw my half line and strikers combine well.”
Jacob Varghese, S. Railway coach said, “We are disappointed that we lost a point. Our two best players, P.C. Riju and Charles Anandraj didn’t play as they were busy in the Santosh Trophy. Our defence was weak. Once the two players return, we will be a much better team.”
Other results: I div.: SAI 0 drew with Central Excise 0; SD Somasundaram 1 (R. Anand) drew with YMSC 1 (J. Kapil Raj).
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