I-LEAGUE : Dempo move step closer to title..

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Dempo Sports Club took a major step towards winning the I-League title when they got the better of Churchill Brothers 4-2 in an exciting 23rd round tie at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Wednesday (April 11). Dempo consolidate their position at the top of the table with 50 points from 23 matches while Churchill stay on 41 from 23 matches.

In a match where fortunes fluctuated from one end to the other, Dempo did well to snatch full points after, briefly, Churchill had threatened to steal the thunder from right under their nose. It was Clifford Miranda who gave Dempo a 37th minute lead but Churchill fought back to level scores just before the change of ends, thanks to a strike from Churchill's Brazilian midfielder Robert Mendes Silva.

The second saw fortunes fluctuate as Roberto Mendes struck again to put Churchill ahead for the first time in the match but Dempo's Nigerian strikers Ranti Martins and Koko Sakibo turned the match on its head with delightful strikes inside the first hour. Rowilson Rodrigues scored the fourth goal for Dempo five minutes from close.

Any hopes of a Churchill comeback evaporated when Roberto was booked for a second offence and consequently had to be sent off leaving Churchill with a tough task, and a player short. The match was tight at the start but it was clear that Dempo were enjoying better spells thanks to their fluidity. In one such fluid attack, Clifford Miranda did well to get at the far end and slip the ball past Churchill goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya.

Churchill were level in the 44th minute when Denzil Franco's cross was poked into the goal by Roberto. At the start of the second session, Roberto scored again, this time making the most of a goalmouth melee, finishing by placing the ball beneath the legs of Dempo goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury.

Dempo did not wait for long to secure the equalizer as Ranti volleyed home from just outside the box and then Koko sealed full points with a stunning run and an exquisite finish. Rowilson's header of a Anthony Pereira corner only made the scoreline look rather easy. The win gave Dempo a seven point advantage over second placed Pune FC and with just three matches left to be played, this could prove decisive.

LIVE COMMENTARY - MRINAL KANTI NATH

11.04.2012 : Churchill Brothers   2-4   Dempo SC (GOA - FT...)

DEM : Clifford 37', Ranti 49', Koko 62', Rowilson 86' :: CB : Beto 43', 47'
CB : Arindam, Gourmangi, Ravanan, Y. Raju, Denzil, Dias, Lalrindika, Lenny, Beto, N.D.Opara, Henry.
DEM : Subhasish (Kattimni), Antao, Mahesh (Rowilson), Samir, Debabrata, Clifford (Abranches), Climax, Densil, Anthony, Ranti, Koko.
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FT : Dempo Win 4-2 against Churchill Brothers.
90+6': Open net missed by Ranti beat Gourmangi from Abranches pass.
90+5': Still the scoreline shows 4-2 for Dempo SC.
DEMPO SC Highest WIN Vs Churchill Brothers in 2007/2008 I-LEAGUE by 4-1 where the scorers were Chidi Edeh, Ranty Martins, Anthony Pereira, Joaquim Abranches for Dempo and Mboyo Iyomi for Churchill.
90': Referee added 6 minutes as extra time.
STATS: In 2009/2010 I-LEAGUE Dempo beat Churchill Brothers 4-2.
89': STATS :: Churchill Beothers Vs Dempo - Over all match in NFL/I-LEAGUE 25 where Churchill Brothers Won-8 : Drew - 9 :: Lost-8 :: Scored for - 33 : Scored against - 35
88': STATS :: Highest win : 2000/2001   Churchill Brothers   5-0   Dempo
CB : Francis Silveira - Hattrick, Teotonio Fernandes og, Roque Barreto.

87': Dempo is leading 4-2.
86': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL .. Rowilson scored from Anthony's corner for Dempo.
86': Ranti got a loose ball, Raju good cleared for corner.
84' STATS : From NFL 1997-98 to NFL 2003-2004 NFL Churchill Beothers was unbeaten to Dempo for 11 matches.
82': Churchill's corner kick, Franco's shot saved by Kattimani.
80' STATS : From NFL 2004-2005 to I-LEAGUE 2008-2009, Dempo was unbeaten to Churchill Brothers for 12 matches.
76': Good chance came again to Koko Sakibo but failed to control the ball.
72: PLAYER CHANGE : Now Goalkeeper Subhasish of Dempo out and Kattimani in.
70: PLAYER CHANGE : Churchill, Dias out and Balan in.
67': RED CARD : To Beto. Churchill is now 10 men.
62': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL ..Dempo is now leading 3-2. Koko scored from a pass of Anthoney Pereira.
57': PLAYER CHANGE : Dempo, Clifford out and Abranches in.
55': YELLOW CARD : Dempo, Miranda as he fouled Denzil of CB.
51': Now the scoreline is 2-2.
49': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL .. Dempo equalized through Ranti Martins. Nice score after getting the pass from Climax in top of the CB box.. 27th Goals of Ranti Martins in the league. Last year he scored 30 goals as top Scorer.
47': Churchill is leading 2-1. Beto received pass from Henry in Dempo box and scored through his right footer after beating Debabrata and Clifford.
47': YELLOW CARD : Denzil Franco : Churchill Brothers.
47': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL .. Beto scored his 2nd.
46': 2nd Half Starts.
45': It's half time now in the match and scoreline is 1-1.
43': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.. Beto scored and equalized for Churchill. From a Free kick, a cross of Dias went to Beto after deflected in the box and the Brazilian made no mistake to score to place the ball in left of Subhasish.
38': Dempo is leading 1-0. Clifford received a pass from Koko and scored through his powerful left footer.
37': GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLL Dempo scored through Miranda.
33': Churchill earned a free kick just out side the Dempo box. Beto's shot deflected.
32': Ravanan's goal line saved, Koko's shot from top of the box assisted by Ranti but Ravanan headed out.
27': Churchill got a Free kick but Raju's shot went wide.
PLAYER CHANGE: Dempo.. Mahesh out and Rowilson in.
23': Mahesh Gawli injured. Probably for his muscle problem. He is outside of the field for treatment.
20': Another attack of Dempo from right, Anrhony crossed the ball but CB defence cleared.
18': Nice move of Dempo, Arindam well saved from a one to one situation from Anrhony..
13': No score yet.
11': YELLOW CARD Churchill... Beto who fouled Koko.
10': Good chance to Dempo, Anthony missed a 6 yard which went direct to Keepers hand.
8': Beto missed pass in left, his rarget was Henry.
5': Long free kick of Anthony from their won area went out.
3': Churchill won corner from Opara - Beto joint attack in left. Shot corner and Dias's shot went wide.
2': Beto to Dika and his left footer went wide.
2': Currently league leader is Dempo. 47 points from 22 matches.
1': Dempo in Blue Jersey and Churchill in Red Jersey.
1': Match kick off. Dempo starts with Ranti and Koko.

I-LEAGUE : Air India frustrate Prayag United..

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11.04.2012 : Air India   0-0   Prayag United (PUNE - FT..)
MOM : Lamine Tamba (AIR)

Air India, Mumbai, played second fiddle to Prayag United SC but the resolute airmen spoiled Kolkata outfit's party after the two teams played a goalless draw at the Balewadi Sports Complex Stadium on Wednesday (April 11). The draw took Prayag to 39 matches from 24 matches while Air India move to 29 points from 24 matches.

Prayag's Brazilian striker Josimar da Silva made some good raids on Air India goal, but he couldn't get the ball into the net. Josimar's best chance came in the 85th minute when James Singh’s corner kick found him in the clear but his header sailed over.

Prayag did attack relentless but the Air India defence held fort. In the 11th minute, James couldn’t direct his freekick into the net from just outside the box. Seven minutes later Air India moved up with Manjit Singh, Royston D'Souza and Manandeep Singh taking the ball right into the Prayag box only to lose control at the end.

On the counter-attack, Prayag earned free-kick 10 yards from the box, but again James Singh’s try went wide.

NAGALAND FOOTBALL : 3rd NRHM Chizami Cup from April 11..

11.04.2012 : Xavier Rutsa... KFC.. | www.kolkatafootball.com HOME PAGE

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.....22 teams will take part in the 3rd National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Chizami Cup organized by Life Sports starting from April 11-17 at Chizami. Chizami is 88 km from capital Kohima.

Chizami Cup is an undertaking of Life Sports to transform the youth and develop football in Nagaland with special focus on rural areas, started in 2010, is an annual open knockout club football tournament registered under the Nagaland Football Association(NFA).

The imported running trophy was donated by Mehuchumvu Foundation, Chizami. It is made of pewter metal with gold linings and worth more than Rs 30,000.

A press note issued by the organizing committee Chizami Cup 2012 stated that the 2012 Chizami Cup will be known as the "NRHM Chizami Cup" due to the competition's sponsorship by NRHM as Title Sponsor.

The total prize money is Rs 2.18 Lakhs. Last year the total prize money was 1.84 Lakhs. The 1st edition started in 2010 where the winner was MC Sporting Club Chizami and 2nd edition won by Life Sports FC of Kohima in 2011.

1. Winners : Rs 1,00,000/- with Running Trophy and Certificate
2. Runners Up : Rs 60,000/- with Certificate
3. Losers of Semi Finals : Rs 10000 x 2 Teams = Rs 20000/-
4. Losers of Quarterfinals : Rs 2000 x 4 Teams= Rs 8000/-
5. Golden Glove : Rs 2500/- with Mementoand Certificate
6. Golden Boot : Rs 2500/- with Mementoand Certificate
7. Golden Ball : Rs 2500/- with Mementoand Certificate
8. Most Promising Player (MPP): Rs 2500/-with Memento and Certificate
9. Exhibition Matches (Veterans & Girls): Incentives for the playing teams

The matches will be conducted by Nagaland Football Association(NFA) Certified Referees and Senior State Players. The tournament will uphold AIFF Rules & Regulations. On April 11, the tournament will be officially declared opened by Deputy Commissioner(DC) Phek Mr. Nikhashe Sema as the Chief Guest.

Grouping

Group-A - 5th NAP Phek, Genesis XI, Sparkle Club Lozaphiihii, Young Star Club, Extreme Royal United FC Chizami, Gladiator, Pholami

Group-B- Kohima Komets FA, Spaniel Club Phek, Majestic FC Kohima, Wings FC Chizami, Falcon FC, Middle Khomi, Brethren Sporting Club, Phek.

Group- C- Artworks A,Friends Club, Jalukie, Evergreen Bros Club Losami, New Youngsters Club, Pfutsero, Frisker FC Phek.

Group-D- MC Sporting Club Chizami, Artworks B, Fecundate, Thetsumi, Phek SC Phek, Halcyon United, Pfutsero.

Fixtures for Day one (April 11 )

Results of day one

1st match- 5th NAP Phek 3-0 Genesis XI
2nd match- Artworks A 2-1 Friends Club, Jalukie
3rd match- Kohima Komets FA 3-0 Spaniel Club Phek
4th match -Young Star Club 2- 2 Extreme Royal United FC
Young Star Club won on tie-break 3-0

Fixtures for Day two (April 12 )
1st match- MC Sporting Club vs Artworks B
2nd match –Wings FC Chizami vs Falcon FC Middle Khomi
3rd match- New Young Star Club, Pfutsero vs Frisker SC Phek
4th match- Phek Sporting Club vs Halcyon United Pfutsero
5th match Kohima Komets FA vs Majestic Club FC Kohima

DELHI FOOTBALL : The TFL Junior League starts..

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The FootballLink in association with Football First sports, kick-started a six week long Sunday league for young footballers (16 and under) in Kathuria Public School, Vasant Kunj.

The inaugural day of the league attracted approximately 200 children from more than 40 schools and 8 NGOs with their parents and coaches who extensively supported the initiative. To make sure that all children irrespective of their socio-economic background enjoyed the beautiful game, 64 NGO children were shortlisted to take part in the league free of cost and were given complimentary kits by TheFootballLink.

The children played multiple games under the supervision of professional coaches and referees. The inaugural day lived up to the spirit of creating a fun and exciting environment for children to play football. The league is part of TheFootballLink's aim to create a trust based system where all the stake holders in the football community come together to research, plan, create and execute multiple initiatives to grow grassroots football.

The league gives young children a platform to showcase their talent, improve on their skills and get valuable exposure to the game.