ELLA: Dempo Sports Club registered a fluent 4-0 win over Vasco Sports Club in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League match played at Dempo Football Academy ground in Ella, Old Goa on Friday.
Joaquim Abranches and Floyd Pinto scored in the first session, while, Pedro Gonsalves and Desmon Pereira added their names to the score sheet in the second half for the Golden Eagles.
With these three points, Dempo extended their lead at the top of the table with 5 points as they have 41 points from 17 matches, while Vasco has 26 points from 19 matches.
Dempo made two changes to their side which registered a narrow 2-1 win over Panjim Footballers in the last match as Floyd Pinto and Yogesh Kadam made into the cut. On the other hand, Clarence Furtado made the debut for the Port Towners who downed Corps of signals in the last match, whereas, Moises D’sa and Neville Albuquerque also made a comeback for Vasco.
Vasco had the best chance in the 10th minutes when Rugved Yeole brilliantly curled the ball in the box to onrushing Aman Govekar but Dempo custodian Tyson Caiado came off the line to collect the same before U-20 striker could do any damage.
A few minutes later, Yeole nicely set up Moise with a short past just outside the box but the lad failed to keep his shot on target.
At the other end, Dempo came close to scoring in the 23rd minutes as Pedro Gonsalves nicely curled the ball in the box but U-20 winger Pruthvesh Pednekar failed to control his header from close.
Dempo scored the opener at the half-hour mark as Vasco keeper Sanju Thapa slipped when with the ball in the box and capitalising on the slip, Dempo forward Joaquim Abranches easily slotted the ball in an empty net to give his side the lead. Incidentally, the vasco goalkeeper was not wearing football boots.
Vasco custodian Thapa made another mistake in the added time to clear Floyd’s cross and the ball ended in the net to give Dempo a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime.
After continuous attacks from the start of the second session, Dempo managed to inflate their lead in the 68th minute when Pedro ,after receiving a cross from the right flank ,made no mistake in shooting past Vasco keeper Sanju Thapa from 10-yards, making it 3-0 for the Golden Eagles.
In between this, Vasco also came close to scoring on a few occasions but their strikers could not make most of the opportunities. In one of these, Rugved came with a brilliant cross from the distance to Beneston Barretto in the box but Dempo keeper Tyson cleared the danger before the forward could strike from inside the box.
Dempo added another to their tally in the added time as substitute midfielder Desmon Pereira’s shot from the top of the box entered the top corner to seal victory for his side.