Dec 1: Dempo Sports Club managed to pull one vital away point form their 0-0 draw against local favorites Mohammedan Sporting in a keenly contested match at YBK, stadium Kolkata on Saturday.
Playing without their foreign players, the young Dempo Squad impressed everyone with their commitment and team play. Although they could not manage to score, they held on to their defensive and midfield strategy to keep the counter pressure on Mohammedans.
Both teams had great chances to score with Mohammedan’s Tolgay Ozbey and Alwyn George of Dempo wasting two golden opportunities each.
Mohammedan Sporting were seeing more of the ball but it was only after the half hour mark that they had their first real opening. Tolgay got a clear sight of goal after a nice move but his shot was easily saved by Dempo custodian Laxmikant Kattimani.
Alwyn had a great opportunity in the second half as Jewel Raja found him unmarked in the six-yard box after Barreto had misjudged the flight of the ball. But this time Alwyn put his effort over the bar much to the relief of the thousands of Mohammedan Sporting fans.
Dempo were defending well with makeshift center back Debabrata Roy having a fine game but the Goan club could have given away a penalty when Kattimani appeared to have brought Josimar down in the box. The referee only gave a corner and there was another penalty shout when Dempo’s Jeje Lalpekhlua looked to have handled the ball inside the box.
Mohammedan Sporting were very wasteful with their final ball in the closing stages with Josimar only managing to test Kattimani once after a corner.
It is Mohammedan Sporting’s third straight goalless stalemate at home and it takes their tally to 13 points from 11 matches. Dempo have one point less from the same number of games.