Dempo down Churchill in round 14 of I-league

Margao, Feb 12 (PTI) Joaquim Abranches and Ranty Martinsscored a goal in each half as Dempo beat Churchill Brothers2-0 in an I-League 14th round match at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda,here today.

Despite the absence of playmaker Roberto Silva due todouble booking, Dempo controlled the midfield with ClimaxLawrence and Kalu Ogba doing a good job.

With good support from the flanks from Clifford Mirandaand Peter Carvalho, Dempo stitched some good moves.

They had the early chance to take the lead but RantyMartins'' flick from close after he was fed by Debabrata Roywas put out by rival keeper Arindam Bhattacharya with his leg.

Churchill found the going tough to breach the rivaldefence led by Mahesh Gawli who did man-to-man marking and didnot allow them space to operate inside the box.

Dempo took the lead in the 13th minute when Kalu Ogbapicked Joaquim Abranches on the right as he lofted the ballover defender Dinesh Thounaojam head. Joaquim controlled theball and seeing keeper Arindam Bhatttacharya leaving hischarge floated the ball over his head to find the far cornerof the net.

Churchill came up with couple of long range shots butZakeer Mundampara''s first try went straight to keeperSubhasish Roy Chowdhury and later his second attempt at thegoal was off the target.

Earlier, a Steven Dias'' shot from a free kick was parriedaway by keeper Chowdhury. .

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