Churchill Brothers opened their account, after their Round 5 Hero I-League match against a 10-man Bengaluru FC ended in a 2-1 victory for the newcomers at Tilak Maidan Stadium.
It was defending champion Bengaluru FC’s second straight defeat and left them in fourth spot of the ladder with nine points, whilst Churchill Brothers have moved to seventh with four points.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after Sunil Chhetri converted a penalty, awarded after Norales was brought down by India international Fulganco Cardozo inside the box. This was cancelled out by Anthony Wolfe’s 33rd minute goal, his first of the season.
An amazing through ball by Anthony Wolfe and Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, who tapped it past Amrinder Singh gave the hosts the lead in the 54th minute.
There were two quick changes midway through the second half as Bengaluru searched for the equaliser, but Churchill looked happy to sit back and defend their lead.
The game turned in the last 20 minutes as Bengaluru were reduced to 10 men. John Johnson received a red card for a dangerous foul on Richard Costa. Tempers flared as the defender exchanged words with Alfred Fernandes on the sideline.
Things got worse as Johnson pushed Alfred to the ground before jostling with defender Adil Khan, which turned into a brawl and almost had every member on the field converging on the technical area.
Speaking of the incident after the match, a shocked Churchill brothers coach Fernandes said: “You can see the video footage. The incident happened in front of my technical area. The (Bengaluru) players came charging. They pushed me in my technical area.
“The moment he (Johnson) hit Richard, I asked him what are you doing and he started abusing me. So action should be taken against the player (Johnson) who came in the technical area and knocked me (behind the neck). We will complain about the player.”