DULER: Dempo Sports Club registered an impressive 5-0 win over Panjim Footballers in the Goa Professional League match played at Duler Stadium on Sunday.
The win enabled Dempo SC close the gap at the top as they stand second behind FC Goa with 20 points from 10 matches, while Panjim Footballers have just four points from eight outings.
Joaquim Abranches, Jaison Vaz and Jessel Carneiro scored in the first half, while substitute Chatur Naik and Desmon Pereira added two in the second session to help Golden Eagles pocket all three points.
Panjim, who had lost to Sporting Clube de Goa in the last match, made four changes to their side as their coach Savio Vaz brought in Joel Colaco, Prasil Kankonkar, Chandan Gawas and Massom Ali in the starting XI. On the other hand, Dempo SC coach Samir Naik made only one change to his side that had defeated Vasco SC in the last match, as he brought back Desmon Pereira in the playing XI.
Dempo were the first to look at the goal as they took 12 minutes to create their first potent chance when Naveen Mendes made a cross to Jessel Carneiro in the box whose shot was brilliantly blocked by Panjim keeper Ali where Jaison Vaz had the open chance to put Dempo SC into the lead, but the striker tapped wide from the goalmouth with every opponent beaten.
They had another chance within the next five minutes as this time Jessel came with a fine cross to Joaquim Abranches in the box but the striker saw his tap missed the target by few inches.
However, in the 27th minute, Dempo managed to take the lead when Jaison’s low cross was brilliantly tapped in by Abranches to make it 1-0 for the Golden Eagles.
Jaison doubled the lead for the host in the 36th minute when Jessel snatched the ball from Panjim defender and made a smart pass into the box to unmarked Jaison, who shot past Panjim custodian making it 2-0.
Jessel scored the third goal in the added time from the spot kick when Abranches shot from the top of the box was handled by Panjim defender Clifton Fernandes. Though the shot was not on target, while the offence was unintentional, referee Mario Pereira chose to give the penalty kick which was brilliantly converted by the Dempo
On crossing over, Dempo coach Samir Naik replaced Abranches with Chatur Naik and the striker could have scored from his first touch but his shot off Jaison’s cutback rebounded off the crossbar. However, in the very next minute, the substitute striker made no mistake to tap the ball home from close off Kirikesh Gadekar’s cross from the left.
Leading by four goals, Dempo completely dominated the rest of the session and added another in the added time as Desmon made a darting run on the wing and shot past Panjim keeper from inside the box to make it 5-0.