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ONGC outclass Dempo
November 17, 2012
NEW DELHI: However hard one may try to label football as a ‘funny’ game, ONGC’s 3-1 victory over defending champions Dempo Sports Club can not be labelled as a ‘funny fluke.’ So much so, Dempo head coach Armando Colaco, admitted post match: “They played to a plan and never allowed us to play freely. We need to credit them for the victory.”
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WELL DONE: ONGC stopper-back Robin Gurung poses
with the man-of-the-match Award with NK Bhatia.
‘Playing to a plan,’ ONGC, the deserving winners made a mockery of Dempo’s reputation winning 3-1 to register their first win in I-League at Ambedkar Stadium, here. Shorabuddin Mollick, Jatin Bisht and Eric Brown scored one apiece for ONGC.
“This is a big moment for us. Dempo are not a one-man team. It’s not for nothing that they stay the most consistent team in Indian football in the last decade. We made a plan and the boys implemented it on the field. I’m very proud of my boys,” ONGC coach Subrata Bhattacharya said.
The win took ONGC to five points from six matches while Dempo stay on 13 points from six matches.
Despite Dempo enjoying more ball possession in the first 10 minutes, ONGC took the lead in the 12th minute. A brilliant pass from Eric Brown found Kailash Patil in the clear. Dempo goalkeeper Subhasish Roychowdhury managed to keep off Kailash’s shot and all Shorabuddin Mollick had to do was to tap it in. He made no mistake.
Dempo tried to restore parity in the 16th minute but a Peter Carvalho header off a Clifford Miranda free kick agonisingly missed the target by a whisker. And then, Romeo was in the thick of action in the 24th minute when he sneaked down the right and side and essayed a centre cross but Sueoka’s tap was cleared by Gurung and then off the rebound, much to the dismay of the Dempo bench, Sueoka’s shot hit the post.
In the 33rd minute, Mollick muffed the easiest chance of the day. He latched onto a miss-pass and had all the time and space only with Subhasish at his mercy. But he failed to slot it home as Subahsish kept him at bay.
Changing over, Dempo tried to press harder for the equalizer. But the ONGC defence led by man-of-the-match Robin Gurung was equal to the task. Unable to restore parity, frustration started to creep into Dempo’s ranks, something which ONGC were quick to capitalize on.
In the 52nd minute, ONGC’s Japanese recruit Ysua Katsumi sneaked in between Dempo defenders Rowilson Rodrigues and Creston Antao but with only Subhashish to beat, he hurried into his shot and missed the target.
But the moment of the match was yet to arrive. Former India midfielder Jatin Bisht, the ONGC captain made it 2-0 with a rasping shot from outside the box in the 58th minute. Subhasish despite his desperate dive came nowhere near it. Mollick, on this occasion, stayed the feeder to Jatin.
Three minutes later, however, Dempo pulled one back when Peter Carvalho gently tapped in off a Clifford Miranda free kick down the left.
But ONGC had more in store. In the injury time, Eric Brown, who stayed omnipresent and impressed all with his holding and distribution made it 3-1 with a left-footer from outside the box.
“Our midfield could not function properly. But that’s football. This is just the sixth round and I am sure my boys will bounce back in style. I stay confident of their character,” Armando concluded.