The southern side secured full points against the Goan outfit to seal the title with a game to go..
Bengaluru FC continued their unbeaten form in Goa as they downed Dempo SC 4-2 to secure their maiden title in their debut season. Sean Rooney (2nd minute), Robin Singh (56th minute) and Johnny Menyongar (76th minute) gave the away side 3-0 lead before Dempo fought back through Beto (82nd minute) and Romeo Fernandes (88th minute). Sunil Chhetri added his name on the scoresheet late into the added time to ease nerves.
With this win, Bengaluru FC have 44 points from 23 matches to end the title hopes of East Bengal and Salgaocar FC.
It took two minutes for the league leaders to surge ahead when Sunil Chhetri took a quick throw-in for Robin Singh whose misplaced shot found Sean Rooney. The Australian slotted the ball home into an empty net with goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani off his line.
Five minutes, Dempo had a chance to restore parity when Clifford Miranda ran past Rino Anto to cross for Holicharan Narzary but his first time was blocked.
Bengaluru continued to attack and should have doubled their lead in the 13th minute. Johnny Menyongar put Robin through and the latter’s shot was parried away by Kattimani. Off the rebound, Robin’s header was just about tipped over the bar.
Around the half hour mark, Narzary tested Pawan Kumar with a vicious left footed shot with the goalkeeper doing enough to keep the danger away.
Chhetri headed home from a Rooney cross in the 35th minute but was flagged offside, much to the disappointment of the assembled Bengaluru fans.
Narayan Das sent in a delightful cross which only needed a touch to find the back of the net but unfortunately for Dempo, Beto failed to connect.
Eleven minutes into the second half and Robin Singh made amends for his first half miss. A long ball from his own half saw Robin chest the ball down and slam it into the far post with the Dempo custodian left stranded.
Jewel Raja’s volley found Simon Colosimo inside the box who missed the target from close range in the 60th minute.
The crossbar came to Bengaluru’s rescue as Alywn George sent a through-ball for Beto whose shot came off the woodwork.
Dempo’s defense was caught napping as they failed to track the run of Menyongar who latched onto to Chhetri’s pass to place it at the far post in the 78th minute.
Beto finally pulled one back for Dempo with a gem of a free-kick from outside the box in the 82nd minute.
Six minutes later, substitute Romeo Fernandes was put through on the right by George as he slotted the ball home from inside the box.
Beikhokhei Beingaichho laid the ball on for Sunil Chhetri as he side-stepped Debabrata Roy and placed the ball past Kattimani to make it 4-2.
The score-line remained the same until the end as Bengaluru completed the double over Dempo SC.