Dempo buries East Bengals title hopes


It was like a replay of the I-League match last season when Dempo Sports Club and East Bengal FC battled it out for top honors in Indian football. However, the only difference was that Dempo SC had fallen far behind in the race for championship and had just pride to play for.

East Bengal’s hopes to stay in contention for the title race ended after it was held to a 2-2 draw by Dempo SC on Saturday.

East Bengal, which led 1-0 at half-time, scored through Penn Orji in the 17th minute. Dempo found the equaliser through substitute Joy Ferrao in the 48th minute.

Another substitute John Menyongar then put Dempo ahead in the 74th minute before Ishfaq Ahmed, also a substitute, restored parity for the East Bengal in the 83rd minute.

East Bengal remains in the third place with 44 points from 24 matches while Dempo, which took its tally to 37 points from 25 matches, remains at the fifth place.