I-League: Dempo too good for 10-man Bagan

Defending Champions Dempo SC made short work of Kolkata outfit Mohun Bagan 3-0 in a 8th round I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Wednesday.

Joaquim Abranches and Ryuji Sueoka scored one apiece for Dempo in the 40th and the 44th minute respectively and the win took Dempo to 19 points from 8 matches while Bagan stayed on 11 points from 8 matches.

India U-22 winger Romeo Fernandes ran down the right flank and essayed a low cross which was tapped in by national team striker Joaquim Abranches.

Ryuji Sueoka (no.20) got on the scoresheet for Dempo. AIFF

The second goal came in the 44th minute as Peter Carvalho made his way into the Bagan box but was brought down by Nirmal Chhetri. The referee pointed to the spot and Ryuji made no mistake to slot past Shilton Pal.

Dempo added one more to their tally in the second half in the 70th minute when Godwin Franco blasted in a long-ranger from around 30 yards.

Bagan had their first chance in the 10th minute when Odafa Okolie set up CS Sabeeth on top of the Dempo box, who failed to hit the target. Off the next move, Bagan’s Biswajit Saha shot wide over from the left side of the box.

Changing over, things went worse for Bagan when Biswajit Saha received his second yellow card of the match for his tackle on Gowdin Franco in the 52nd minute and was given marching orders.

Dempo Coach Armando Colaco introduced Rohan Ricketts when he substituted Miranda in the 60th minute. Ricketts almost scored with his first touch of the ball but Pal managed to keep his rasping left-footer away.

Ricketts had an impact on the match as he seemed to be omnipresent in the Bagan half. At times, he stayed willing to fall behind and serve as the feeder to Sueoka upfront and at times, he preferred to lurk around the box to spell more danger for the makeshift Bagan defence.