Real Kashmir Football Club kept its title hopes alive in its maiden I-League journey by holding hosts Churchill Brothers to a 1-1 hard fought draw at Tilak Maidan Stadium, Goa, on Thursday.
The draw in Goa means that the race for the title has heated up, contenders Churchill Brothers and Real Kashmir are now level on 29 points each, one behind leaders Chennai City FC.
It was Farhan Ganie who gave Real Kashmir lead in the 55th minute from a long-range strike but Willis Plaza scored his 16th goal of the season to guarantee at least a point for hosts Churchill.
Churchill Brothers made three changes to starting XI, they brought in Wayne Vaz, Khalid Aucho and Richard Costa in place of Nenad Novakovic, Nickson Castanha and Israil Gurung.
Real Kashmir Coach David Robertson also made a change in the Real Kashmir lineup which defeated Chennai City FC in their last game. Ritick Das made his way into the starting XI, replacing star striker Gnohere Krizo who was suspended. In place of Krizo, Mason Robertson played as the lone striker for Real Kashmir upfront.