A fine-brace by Hyden Fernandes and a goal each from Kapil Hoble and Veegan Ferrao helped Dempo SC outclass Sporting Clube de Goa 4-1 in the Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament Group B match, organised by Goa Football Association (GFA), played at Duler stadium on Thursday.
Clive Miranda scored for the Flaming Oranje.
Both the teams took the field on a positive note having won their earlier group league match, however Dempo struck in the very 1st minute through their skipper Hyden Fernandes, whose stinging 30-yard strike hit the Sporting’s side goal post before entering the goal at the other end, 1-0.
Sporting should have leveled terms nine minutes later, where Avrhisto Fernandes corner at the far post saw Shawn Noronha’s shot hit Dempo keeper Ozen Silva leg before going for a corner.
In the 29th minute, Dempo’s Josley Dias worked upfront on the right flank and flashed the ball at the goal, which keeper Selwyn D’Souza divided to pair it to unmarked Hyden Fernandes outside the penalty box, who drilled a power-packed right footer which crashed in the back of the nylons, 2-0.
Dempo almost netted their third goal off a hot-blooded shot from Jayson Lucas, whose strike from outside the penalty box was blocked by keeper Selwyn D’Souza.
Just six minutes into the second session and Dempo made it 3-0. Veegan Ferrao’s 25-yard free kick zoomed into the goal past the defensive Sporting wall.
Dempo further inflated their lead as striker Kapil Hoble who was closely marked in the entire first session, finally in the 60th minute managed to sneak his stiff grounder to the far corner of Sportinggoal, 4-0.
Sporting finally pulled a goal back in the 77th minute where Akeraj Martins dribbled past the right back Nestar Dias and drove a low shot which travelled to stopper back Clive Miranda who had moved upfront score with a stiff grounder, 4-1.
Dempo SC Coach Anthony De Souza said “All credit goes to the players because their hard work paid off today. They have really worked hard for the past one and a half week. This is a new bunch. We had the experience of only one senior player rest is a complete youth team. We played with real spirit today.”