Dempo SC 1-5 Pune FC: Derrick Pereira’s side trounce the defending champions to end their unbeaten streak in Goa
The Red Lizards were in the mood on Saturday as they hammered five goals past a hapless Dempo SC at the Fatorda Stadium....
By Anselm Noronha
Armando Colaco’s side were handed a reality check by Pune FC on Saturday in a round eleven I-League encounter as they were outplayed in every department in the 5-1 defeat at the Fatorda Stadium, Goa. With this defeat, Dempo’s unbeaten record in Goa has come to a close as Derrick Pereira masterminded the win for the away side.
Dempo made one change from the last game against Prayag United as Joaquim Abranches got the nod ahead of Romeo Fernandes. Derrick Pereira made three changes as he included Chika Wali, Khanthang Paite and Arata Izumi for Caitano Costa, Subhash Singh and Daisuke Nishigushi.
The home side had an early chance when Clifford Miranda’s volley for Rohan Ricketts saw the latter miss the opportunity as he ended up clattering Chika Wali in the second minute.
Six minutes later, Miranda was at the centre of all the creative activity as he floated in a long ball over the Pune defence. Abhra Mondal did well to thwart Ryuji Sueoka in a 50:50 situation and the ball drifted wide to Abranches whose shot came off the horizontal, much to his disappointment.
Pune FC had their first opportunity in the 14th minute when Othallo Tabia’s cross from the right saw Khanthang Paite miss the chance from about eight yards out.
However the away side didn’t have to wait too long as in the very next minute they scored through James Moga. Tabia was in the thick of action again as he sent in a through ball for Moga who sweetly timed shot to beat Dempo goalkeeper Subhashis Roychowdhury at near post.
It didn't take long for the equaliser which came in the 23rd minute as Joaquim Abranches blasted home from a direct free-kick taken from about 30 yards out which was the result of Mumtaz Akhtar's foul on Peter Carvalho.
Paite and Moga were combining well, but the South Sudanese striker wasn't quite in the right place to make the best of the former's deliveries into the Dempo box, heading wide once in the 32nd minute.
Dempo didn't sit quiet either as Ricketts' shot rebounded off the Pune FC defense, while Climax Lawrence followed up with an attempt which went wide in the 39th minute.
Just eight minutes after the break, Paite found Moga who easily got past Rowilson Rodrigues and substitute Shallum Pires, who had come on for Mahesh Gawli at the half hour mark due to an injury sustained to the former India international, and found the back of the net.
Douhou Pierre had a goalscoring opportunity as he had only the goalkeeper to beat but saw his effort go wide after Paite had done well to release him.
Subhashis Roychowdhury did well to keep the scoreline intact for Dempo as he made a spectacular dive to his right to deny Moga in the 71st minute with Paite having done all the dirty work by sending in a cross.
Koko Sakibo was called upon by Colaco to replace Ricketts who didn’t have the best of outings hoping to get the equalizer in the final quarter of an hour.
However it was Pune FC who scored next as Moga’s cross for substitute Jeje Lalepkhalua saw Roychowdhury produce a reflex save with Arata Izumi slotting home on the rebound in the 76th minute.
Jeje wasn’t going to let go of another chance he scored three minutes later as he made no mistakes after Douhou had squared the ball.
Pune FC were in the mood to rub further salt to Dempo’s injuries as Douhou was next to add his name on the scoresheet. Moga found Douhou who drew the defenders out to blast home at the afr post giving Roychowdhury no chance whatsoever.
This was one of the heaviest defeats suffered by Colaco’s side as Pune FC continue their dominance over the Goan teams in the I-League.
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