ELLA (OLD GOA)
A mesmerising attacking performance by Joaquim Abranches helped Dempo Sports Club hammer Corps of Signals 5-1 in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League played at Dempo Football Academy ground in Ella on Saturday.
The win helped Dempo to clear the gap at the top with seven points from second placed Sporting Clube de Goa. Dempo are now on 47 points from 19 matches while Signals has 16 points from 20 matches.
Dempo were in the fantastic form as they are unbeaten in the last ten matches. They had recently defeated reigning champions Sporting Clube de Goa in their last match, whereas, Signals had lost their last two matches against Sporting and Vasco SC.
After possession play in the first 10 minutes, Dempo came close to scoring when their U-20 winger Pruthvesh Pednekar tried his luck from the top of the box but Signals’ keeper Niyas Mon dived to his right to push his goal bound effort for a corner.
Signals too had an opportunity to take the lead in the 13th minutes when Suklab Bordolai made a darting run on the wing and found Aaron Alvares in the goalmouth. With just the keeper to beat the skipper failed to keep his tap on target from close.
At the other end, Pruthvesh had another opportunity to put Dempo into the lead in the 19th minute as Pedro Gonsalves made a brilliant through pass to him in the box but Signals’ keeper Niyas once again made a diving saveto deny the U-20 winger.
However, it was Signals who took all by surprise when they stunned the home side as Aaron’s cross was smartly headed in by Suklab from 6-yards to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Dempo regrouped and came out all attacking after conceding an early goal as Velito Cruz set up Jessel Carneiro with a lob pass in the box with just Signals’ custodian at the stake but Dempo skipper’s tap went over the crossbar.
However, in the 37th minute, Dempo managed to level the term when Jessel’s corner was nicely intercepted by Signals keeper Niyas, which rolled to Olan Chandran in the box. The defender later calmly cut past a defender and shot past the custodian to make it 1-1 for his side.
On crossing over, Dempo had the best chance to surge ahead in the 47th minute as Jessel made an excellent through pass to Pedro in the box– who cut past a defender but failed to control his shot from 10-yards as the ball went out for a goal-kick.
However, it did not take long to take the lead for the Golden Eagles as substitute Jaison Vaz made a short pass to Joaquim who dribbled past two defenders in the box and clinically finished the ball in the net making it 2-1 for Dempo.
A minute before the hour mark, Signals almost made it all square when L. Solomon Khongsai went for the glory from the distance with Dempo keeper Tyson Caiado out of position but the midfielder saw his strike rebound off the crossbar, which was later cleared by Dempo’s defense line.
Energised by the lead, Dempo scored three more goals in the next 35 minutes as first, Pedro was brought down by Signals defender Nim Bhutia in the box to give away the penalty where Joaquim stepped up and made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-1 for his side.
It was just seven minutes from the last goal when Joaquim completed his hat trick as his powerful shot from just inside the box gave no chance to Signals’ keeper Niyas as Dempo took the lead by 4-1 in the 67th minute.
Dempo midfielder Pedro ,who was playing a vital role in the midfield ,added his name to the score sheet in the 87th minutes as his sparkling shot from the top of the box entered the top corner making it 5-1 for the Golden Eagles.