Dempo Sports Club scored a comfortable 3-0 win over HAL,Bangaloreto go nine points clear at the top and move closer to their fifth I-League crown. The match saw Dempo dominate form start to finish although they could have scored many more- Ranti was guilty of missing at least four clear cut chances. Ranti Martins had a brace to his credit while Yusuke Kato- coming on as a late substitute scored his first I-League goal to almost condemn HAL to relegation.
Coach Armando Colaco started with Peter Carvalho on the right in place of an injured Clifford Miranda while the rest of the team remained unchanged. Dempo created chances right from the word go but HAL keeper Amar Deb stood like a rock and pulled of stunning saves to deny Ranti Martins, Densill Theobald and Peter Carvalho on many occasions. In the opening ten minutes Cresson Antao had at least two clear cut chances to score- the latter was a free header from an unmarked position. But he muffed them up on both occasions. Dempo took the lead in the 12th minute after good play from the Anthony-Samir-Climax trio saw the ball being essayed to Ranti whose initial shot was saved by the keeper. The rebound fell to Peter Carvalho and just as he was about to unleash a shot he was tripped by defender Kenneth and the referee pointed to the spot. Ranti Martins converted coolly to score his 24th goal of the season.
In the 17th minute HAL had a rare chance to score but Hamza shot it straight to the keeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury. In the 24th minute there was another chance for Koko but his shot effected a goal line save from Kenneth.
In the second half Dempo kept attacking but missed chances was the story of the day. Dempo made the result safe when Ranti shot over the advancing keeper for his 25th goal of the season. Japanese Yusuke Kato then added a third towards the fag end of the match to complete the rout. It was the Japanese’s first I-League goal in his second appearance.
Dempo coach Armando Colaco was happy with the performance of his team and but rued the fact that his boys missed so many chances. “The boys played well but we could have won by a bigger margin” said Colaco at the post match conference.
Dempo now move nine points clear at the top although Mohun Bagan can move to within six points if they beat Air India on Monday in Pune. Dempo next clash with Mohun Bagan at Calcutta on 1st April in what is billed as the “Championship