Dempo edge Chirag United 2-1

Dempo Sports Club extended their lead at the top to four points but were unconvincing in their 2-1 win against Chirag United Kerala at the Nehru Stadium in Goa on Saturday.

Dempo FC in action

Clifford Miranda and Ranty Martins scored in the first half and it seemed as if Dempo were in cruise control. However, the ghost of their last defeat to Prayag United came back to haunt them in the second session with the team missing plenty of scoring chances.

CK Vineeth scored a wonderful goal for the visitors, Chirag United, in the 28th minute but despite creating clear scoring opportunities, they could not snatch what would have been a deserving point.

Dempo started confidently and opened the account much before they had anticipated. The breakthrough came about in the 5th minute when Peter Carvalho cut past three players, worked his way ahead and picked up Clifford on the left. The Dempo midfielder took up the responsibility and had no problem in getting past the goalkeeper for Dempo’s opening goal.

Ranty Martins doubled the scoreline in the 15th minute. This time, it was Anthony Pereira's turn to set it up. He sliced open the Chirag United defence and put the ball on Ranty's platter to finish from a narrow angle.

Dempo were jolted in the 29th minute when Vineeth pulled one back for the visiting side. His reverse kick stunned not just Dempo goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, but almost everyone else present at the stadium.

The second session, though, was a saga of missed chances. Peter had the best chance to increase Dempo’s lead but goalkeeper K Sharath proved equal to the challenge.

Chirag had the near-perfect opportunity to salvage a point but Vineeth, when provided with a scoring angle, ended up hitting the ball straight into the waiting hands of goalkeeper K Sharath.

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