Dempo defeat Salgaocar in Super Cup final
RANTY MARTINS SCORED THE WINNER IN THE 74TH MINUTE AS DEMPO SPORTS CLUB DEFEATED SALGAOCAR SPORTS CLUB 1-0 IN THE FINAL OF THE KINGFISHER GOA SUPER CUP AT PJN STADIUM FATORDA ON TUESDAY.
In the opening moments Dempo's Romeo Fernandes played a through ball for Koko Sakibo but he shot wide from close.
In the 25th minute Godwin Franco's shot just flew wide of the goal after receiving Romeo' deflected shot. On the half hour mark Koko headed goal bound from a Jessel Carneiro cross, but it was easily gathered by the Salgaocar custodian.
Salgaocar also came close to scoring at the other end when Tomba Singh chipped the ball for Irungbami Meetei, but his effort did not trouble the rival defence.
In the second session, the ball was continuously moving from end to end with both teams looking to break the dead lock.
In the 74th minute, the Salgaocar goalkeeper came rushing out of his goal to clear the ball, but Dempo's Ranty Martins was a touch quicker and the ball fell kindly into his path to net into an empty goal.
After the game, the Dempo captain Mahesh Gawli picked up the winner's purse of Rs. 75,000 and trophy while the Salgaocar captain Luciano Sabrosa who was suspended for this match collected the runners up prize of Rs. 35,000 and trophy.
Dempo also received Rs 2 Lakh, for winning the Kingfisher Goa Super League and Salgaocar took home 1 Lakh for finishing runners up in the Super league.
Dempo team: Creson Antao, Peter Carvalho, Godwin Franco, Climax Lawrence, Ranty Martins, Koko Sakibo, Mahesh Gawli, Jessel Carneiro, Laxmikant Kattamani (gk), Romeo Fernandes, William Colaco.
Subs: Marcus Peixoto, Micky Fernandes, Rowilson Rodrigues, Clifton Gonsalves, Tyson Caidao, Brian Mascarenhas, Yusuke Kato.
Salgaocar team: Irungbam Meitei, Tomba Singh, Edeh Chidi, Ishfaq Ahmed, Rino Antao, Nicolau Colaco, Vinay Singh (gk), Rahul Kumar, Cajetan Fernandes, Beevan D'Mello, Gilbert Oliveria.
Subs: Augustin Fernandes, Ryuji Seoka, Biswajit Saha, Macklas Moraes, karthik kisku, Rosario Mendes.
Dempo Sports Club and Salgaocar Sports Club will clash in the final of the Kingfisher Goa Super cup at Pjn Stadium, Fatorda on Tuesday. The kickoff is at 5.30pm under floodlights.
Dempo qualified for the final after sweeping aside Sporting Clube de Goa 6-0 in the semi final on Saturday, while Salgaocar came through a tough encounter against Churchill Brothers Sports Club, eventually winning 5-4 via sudden death after the game ended 2-2 on Sunday.
Dempo are the current Kingfisher Goa Super League champions and are hoping to complete the Goan double by winning the Super cup.
Salgaocar have important matches in the AFC cup and I-League coming up shortly and a win would give a real boost in confidence to their preparations.
Both teams will no doubt go all out and leave no stone unturned in search of the much coveted Super Cup!