Margao / Shillong: Dempo Sports Club scored a comfortable 5-0 victory over Sporting Clube de Goa in the second round match of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Friday.
Anthony Pereira and Ryuji Sueoka were the goal getters for Dempo in the first session, while Clifford Miranda scored a brace of goals and Koko Sakibo scored a penalty in injury time.
Both coaches made one change from the team that played the openers.
For Dempo, coach Armando Colaco opted to start with former Arsenal player Rohan Ricketts in central midfield, thus leaving experienced midfielder Climax Lawrence on the bench. At the other end, Sporting coach Ekendra Singh was forced to bring in Prathesh Shirodkar to take the place of injured Mackroy Peixoto in midfield.
Dempo were evidently the better side and it showed in the number of chances they created early in the game. Japanese striker Ryuji, who partnered Joaquim Abranches, was always a threat and it came as no surprise that the first goal in the 14th minute had his involvement.
In Shillong, Salgaocar FC garnered their first point, settling for a draw against hosts Lajong FC, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
After a lacklustre first half, the visitors took the lead in the 52nd minute when striker Angel G Alooguer found the net through a free-kick, sending the home crowd into a tizzy. Nigerian recruit striker Ebi Sukore scored for Lajong.
“We played two difficult back-to-back away matches although Lajong were better opponents. It was a fair result,” Salgaocar coach Bencharifa said at the post-match press conference.