Dempo Sports Club outplayed Lonestar Kashmir 4-1 in the Second Division I-League match played at Nehru stadium, Fatorda, to inch closer to I-league promotion on Monday.
Felix Chidi scored a brace and Holicharan Narzary netted another while the fourth goal was an own-goal. Atinder Mani scored for Lonestar Kashmir.
Dempo SC started the match on the front foot, knowing that a win would mount immense pressure on the second placed Minerva Academy, who host Neroca FC on May 19. The Golden Eagles took the lead in the very 7th minute through Nigerian Felix Chidi, when the former’s effort hit post before entering the nets. The Golden Eagles enjoyed lion’s share of possession with Mandar Rao Dessai, Holicharan Narzary and Romeo Fernandes controlling in the midfield.
However, the Blues received a set back in the 28th minute when Atinder Mani scored off a beautiful shot from the box that gave no chance for Laxmikant Kattimani to react.
Just as Lonestar Kashmir got back into the game, Felix Chidi completed his brace off a simple tap-in off Mandar Rao Dessai’s assist. Mandar Rao Dessai has been outstanding throughout the campaign and been scoring as well as assisting the teammates.
Dempo SC’s Holicharan Narzaray inflated the lead with a far-post finish.
Crossing over, Dempo SC played more of possession play and short passes. Minerva Academy’s Adil Khan was brilliant for Lonestar Kashmir, but the former Delhi Dynamos medio lacked company in midfield. Dempo were gifted the fourth goal when Gagandeep Signh guided Beevan’s low cross into his own nets in the 85th minute.