Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers entertain in drawn encounter
Dempo Sports Club and Churchill Brothers displayed spells of entertaining football as both teams shared spoils after playing goalless in Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional League match, at Duler Stadium on Sunday.
Dempo SC played their first match after suffering their first defeat at the hands of Guardian Angel, and Churchill Brothers after being held 1-1 by Sporting Clube de Goa in their last encounter.
Both started cautiously, but as the game progressed Dempo clearly enjoyed domination in the first half while Churchill Brothers responded with a better game plan in the second.
Churchill Brothers were the first to penetrate the Dempo citadel when Gilbert Oliveira put through Cavin Soares in the box but the defender’s shot missed the target narrowly.
A few minutes later, Churchill created another attack but this time, Nicholas Fernandes’s long ball to Cyrus Noronha in the box was half heartedly intercepted by Dempo keeper Tyson Caiado for Naveen Mendes to clear with a sliding tackle.
Dempo took 31 minutes to create their first t potent chance — when Jessel Carneiro went for the glory from just inside the box but his powerful strike missed the target by hairline – and thereon it was Dempo threatening the Churchill defence with Jessel being a nasty thorn in their defence.
Jessel Carneiro moved from the defence to bolster the midfield and his quick runs down the flanks foxed the Churchill defenders.
Churchill Brothers coach Norbert Gonsalves brought in Chesterpaul Lyngdoh and Uttam Rain during the second session and the introduction of the two forced Jessel to move down to guard his own defence.
On crossing over, Churchill were the first to come close to scoring as Chesterpaul Lyngdoh was in the best position to take his side into the lead but his goal-bound shot was brilliantly blocked by Dempo defender Mathew Gonsalves. Churchill’s newly signed striker Anthony Wolfe should have taken his side into the lead at the hour mark when he was fed by skipper Nicholas with a superb through pass but the striker’s tap-in was divingly pushed for a corner by Dempo keeper Tyson Caiado.
At the other end, substitute Yogesh Kadam had a chance to put his side ahead as Suraj Hadkonkar sent a cross at the far post but the winger failed to keep his shot on
target from point-blank range.
Two minutes later, Dempo defender Olan Chandran was lucky not to score an own goal when he deflected Gilbert Oliviera’s shot in his own goal but custodian Tyson made a diving effort to clear the danger in what could have clearly been the best save of the evening.
Churchill had the best chance to take the lead in the 71st minute when Nicholas came with another fine low cross to Wolfe but the Trinidadian striker tap hit the crossbar from the goalmouth.
Dempo could have sealed the match in the added time when Joaquim Abranches made a superb cross to substitute Pedro Gonsalves, but the midfielder headed out.