Dempo falter against Pune FC, go down by a solitary goal

There’s something in this years title race that is throwing all predictions to the wind. Unlike the earlier years where the relegation battle threw up surprises, this year it’s the title race that is giving everyone jitters, throwing up upsets every second game and giving the fans heartaches and chewed up fingernails. Pune FC gave more c\evidence that they have made Fatorda their second home after a shock win against leaders Dempo Sports Club gave them a 1-0 win in a pulsating Round 19 encounter.




The win moved Pune FC to sixth place and cut Dempo’s lead at the top to five points although their lead could be cut a single point if Churchill Brothers win their two games in hand. Pune FC started the better side and put the Dempo defense under severe pressure. The humid conditions did not help the home side either. Dempo’s best chance in the first half came in the 12th minute when Ranti Martins beat a defender and unleashed a shot that went straight to the keeper. Although Pune were in control of the game they created only two clear cut chances one of which was put inside the net. Their goal came in the 20th minute when Karma Tsewang sent in a peach of a cross that beat  Mahesh Gawli and went straight to the head of Arata Izumi who buried it into the net. Manjdou Keita then had a golden opportunity to double the lead for Pune FC. At the hour mark Keita after receivibg a pass from Douhou Pierre, went past Cresson Antao who slipped and cut past the last defender Mahesh Gawli. He had only the keeper to beat but his shot went wide of the goal. A couple of minutes later Dempo nearly made Pune FC pay for their mistake when Clifford Miranda raced into the penalty box and unleashed a drive but Caitano Costa was present on the line to thwart the danger.




In the second half Dempo played a muh better game and were guilty of missing several chances. Densill shot over in the 50th minute while Joaquim Abranches failed to get his shot on goal at the hour mark.Ten minutes from time Peter Carvalho blasted over from six yards out while deep into injury time Joy Ferrao missed the simplest of tap ins and shot way over the post. Derrick Pereira was understandably pleased with his side’s performance and credited his players for putting up a great performance against a team of Dempo’s caliber. He was in praise of his defenders for keeping the Dempo strikers at bay. When asked whether the win has got them back in the reckoning for the title, he said that with a few more wins to their name anything could happen. Dempo coach Mauricio Afonso was disappointed with his misfiring strikers and felt that his side should have come away with at least a point. “We played very well in the second half and enjoyed almost ninety per cent possession. We missed far too many chances. We are still at the top though and we need to play really well in the coming games to keep our position.”

Dempo next face Pailan Arrows in Kolkata on Sunday.

Final Score:
Dempo SC 0-1 Pune FC


Line Ups:
Dempo SC

1- Subhasish Roy Chowhury
2- Debabrata Roy
4- Creson Antao
28- Mahesh Gawli
16- Samir Naik
14- Anthony Pereira (Peter Carvalho)
8- Climax Lawrence
12- Densill Theobald
15- Clifford Miranda
11- Koko Sakibo (Joaquim Abranches)
9- Ranti Martins (Joy Ferrao)

Pune FC:

2- Othalo Tabia
3- Caitano Costa
5- Gurjinder Kumar
6- Shanmugam Venkatesh
7- Baldeep Singh
8- Arata Izumi
10- Keita Mandjou
11- Douhou Pierre
14- Karma Tsewang
15- Anas Edathodika
30- Amrinder Singh