Dempo off to a winning start; Dunes, Goa Police share spoils

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Dempo Sports Club Juniors got off to a flying start in the Geno GFA First Division League following an easy 2-0 win over Goa Velha Sports Club at Ella ground while Goa Police and Dunes Sports Club shared the points in a goalless draw, stated a press note by GFA.

Playing at their fortress, Dempo SC juniors started flawless with Larryl Mascarenhas commanding the midfield. Goa Velha SC played more on the back foot knowing that playing a pressing game would cost them late in the game.

Dempo were unlucky in the opening minutes of the game when Larryl set Rajat from the middle and the latter’s first time shot which beat the goalkeeper came off the post.

However, the goal was bound to come as Dempo SC played more of possession play and waited to attack trying to find the break.

Finally at the half-hour mark, Dempo SC juniors broke the deadlock when Goa Velha SC keeper saved Rajat Pawar’s goal bound shot, only to see it travel to Ariston Costa, who pushed the ball past the helpless keeper to make it 1-0.

Goa Velha didn’t have much chances as the first half score remained 1-0 in favour of Dempo SC juniors.

In the second half, Goa Velha came back strongly but they just couldn’t break the strong Dempo SC defence line. But their performance was much better than the first half.

However, they conceded the second when Goa Velha defender brought down Ariston in the box and the referee made no hesitation to point towards the spot.

Larryl stepped over and coolly converted the penalty to make it 2-0. The final score remained 2-0. At Poriat ground, both the teams Goa Police and Dunes Sports Club had a slow start to the game and played more of midfield battle. Goa Police’s Shelford had the best chance to score in the first session but his effort was blocked by the Dunes defender, said the press note.