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Dempo SC move atop NFL table

Margao: Sameer Naik’s second-half goal helped Dempo SC edge JCT 1-0 Friday and put them to the top of the Oil PSU National Football League.

Dempo scored in the 55th minute. A pass by Sergey Andreev to Naik on the right led to the latter unleashing a long-ranger that surprised ’keeper Mansuru Mohammed. The ball curled and dipped in from the far corner of the net even as Mohammed made a valiant effort.

With the League getting a month’s break at the end of the eight round, the win is a New Year’s gift to coach Armando Colaco as his team head the table with 19 points from eight matches displacing East Bengal by a point.

JCT remain seventh with eight points from eight matches.

Bengal-Manipur final

Holders Bengal will meet Manipur in the national sub-junior football final Sunday, adds a report from Neyveli. Babin Biswas’ goal helped Bengal beat Bihar 1-0 Friday. Manipur beat Mizoram by an identical margin.

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