PANAJI: Ten-man Dempo Sports Club outplayed Youth Club of Manora 3-0 in Goa Football Association’s Selvel Goa Professional League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Friday.
Defender Edwin Viegas scored a brace (17’ & 45th minute) netting both goals from set-pieces while substitute Beevan D’Mello got the third goal in the second-half injury time.
Dempo SC took the lead in the 17th minute when they were awarded a free-kick just outside the box when Aditya D’Cruz tackled Desmon Pereira. Pedro Gonsalves sent a perfect ball into the box which was nodded home by Edwin Viegas.
At the other end , Manora had the opportunity to restore parity but Jason Barbosa could not direct Nicholas Fernandes’ cross onto the frame of the goal. Manora’s Joywin Carneiro made a darting run in the box dribbling past three Dempo SC defenders but his effort took a strong deflection of a Dempo defender and narrowly missed the side post.
Kirtikesh Gadekar sent a low cross to Richard Cardozo, who had an option to cross but he went for the goal. But his effort went way off-target. At the other end, Dempo SC custodian Melroy Fernandes came up with a fine save to deny Melisho Camotio, who had covered some distance after receiving a pass from Joywin and drilled a low grounder.
Dempo SC consolidated the lead in the 45th minute. Edwin was once again at the right place at the right time to head in Richard’s corner-kick which Manora’s Joywin headed into Edwin’s path.
Soon after restart Dempo SC were reduced to 10 men after Kirtikesh Gadekar received marching orders when he tackled Jaason Barbosa. Referee showed a straight red card for the challenge.
Dempo were denied as Pedro played a lobbed pass to Desmon Pereira, who lobbed the ball over the onrushing keeper, but the ball hit the post and came back into play.
Despite having a man advantage, YC Manora could not make the best use of the opportunity. Infact it was Dempo who looked more threatening and nearly scored their third and this time Pedro beat the goalkeeper with a good strong left foot but Aniston cleared the ball off the line.
Late substitute Beevan D’Mello scored the third goal for Dempo with a simple placement past Manora keeper, who had been sloppy in the final few minutes of the game.