OLD GOA: Dempo Sports Club extended their lead at the top with 44 points following their 2-1 win over Sporting Clube de Goa in the Goa Football Association Goa Professional League match played at Dempo Academy ground, Ella-Old Goa, on Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles, who have now played 18 matches, are now four points clear off Flaming Oranje who are in second position with 40 points from 19 games --foiled a perfect chance to leap-frog their city rivals.
The battle at the top isn’t all over as FC Goa are lurking in the third spot with 39 points having played just 16 games while Salgaocar FC are on fourth spot with 35 points having played same number of games.
Joaquim Abranches scored both the goals for the Golden Eagles while Marcus Mascarenhas got on the score sheet for Sporting Clube de Goa.
Sporting Clube de Goa began the match on an attacking note and dominated the play in the first 15 minutes of the game wherein they constantly pressed the Dempo players in their own half.
After constant raids, the Flaming Oranje finally broke the deadlock when Marcus Mascarenhas smashed from close range which the Dempo SC keeper Tyson Caido could have done better to stop the ball.
However, the Flaming Oranje ran short of ideas against a side who were playing on their home turn and soon were on the back foot.
Making the most of the shift in the game, Dempo Sports Club made it all square at the half hour mark through Joaquim Abranches who scored brilliantly connecting to a Jessel Carneiro’s cross. The teams were tied 1-1 at the breather.
Crossing over, both the sides started with rotating the ball in the midfield and maintaining possession. But it was Dempo SC who came with a goal in the 67th minute when Joaquim scored from a crowded six-yard box to make it 2-1 as the final score remained same in favour of Dempo Sports Club.