- SCC Cavelossim relegated
SCC Cavelossim relegated
Lose against Dempo SC 2-4; Velito nets a brace while Kapil and Beevan score a goal each for the Golden Eagles; Nevile and Samson find the net for the relegated club
MAPUSA: Dempo Sports Club beat Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 4-2 as the south Goa side were relegated from the Goa Professional League after going down to in their last GPL match, organised by Goa Football Association, played under floodlights, at Duler Stadium, here on Monday.
The South Goa club concluded their season at the bottom of the table with just 16 points from 22 matches, whereas, Dempo kept their hopes alive in the title race as they have 44 points from 19 matches.
Surprisingly, the Monday’s crucial tie was witnessed by only 14 spectators.
Dempo gaffer Samir Naik made three changes after edging out the same opponents in the last match as
defender Shallum Pires was back, while, Gaurish Naik and Desmon Pereira also found their names in the starting XI, whereas Cavelossim had only one change as striker Semson Fernandes made into the cut.
The Golden Eagles had a golden start to the match as they opened their account in the very 4th minute when Beevan D’Mello made through pass to Velito Cruz in the box who chipped it over the keeper to put his side ahead.
Two minutes later, Cavelossim striker Samson Simoes had a chance to level the term when Allwyn Vaz found him with a diagonal pass from the right but the forward failed to keep his shot on target from 10-yards.
Dempo also had an opportunity to double their lead in the 14th when Kapil Hoble made a darting run on the right flank and tried his luck from just inside the box but the Cavelossim keeper Razak Devsor cleared it for safety. Dempo wasted another chance in the very next minute as this time Desmon was in the commanding position to score after getting a through pass from Beevan but the Cavelossim keeper came off his line to clear the danger.
Whereas, Cavelossim wasted a golden opportunity in the 27th minute when Moises D’Sa found forward Simoes with a quickly taken free-kick from the top of the box but the forward’s weak shot was easily collected by Dempo keeper Agnelo Gomes.
In the second quarter of the match, Dempo wasted another easy chance as this time defender Naveen
Mendes found himself with just the keeper to beat but his powerful shot was thwarted by the Cavelossim
keeper Razak. Whereas, Dempo keeper Agnelo was tested by Allwyn in the 37th minute when he headed on the goal off skipper Ashley Araujo curling cross but the shot-stopper made no mistake to block it on time.
After wasting many opportunities, the Golden Eagles finally doubled their tally with just four minutes to half-time when Kapil slotted the ball home from close off Desmon’s low cross to make it 2-0 for his side at the half-time.
On crossing over, Cavelossim defender Nevile Fernandes reduced the margin for his side in the 52nd minute when his fierce shot off Samson’s short pass beat the keeper Agnelo making it 2-1 for the South Goa club.
However, Beevan restored the two-goal lead for Dempo two minute later when he smartly beat the offside trap and headed in from close off Nickson Castanha’s curling cross to make it 3-1 for the Golden Eagles.
After wasting two clear-cut chances in the first session, Samson finally managed to find the net in the 67th minute when his shot from the top of the box finished in the back of the nylons to make it 3-2 for Cavelossim.
Velito completed his brace in the 84th minute when his curling shot from the top of the box finished in the back of the nylons to make it 4-2 for Dempo.