Calcutta: Dempo should not be taken lightly just because of their present predicament, Karim Bencharifa had reminded time and again on the eve of the match.
But when action got underway, here at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday, McDowell Mohun Bagan paid the price for not heeding to their coach and giving the Goan outfit due respect.
The five-time champions rode Holicharan Narzary’s 33rd minute strike to win the Round XIV Airtel I-League encounter.
Besides Holicharan, Dempo featured four other youngsters who were part of the now-defunct Pailan Arrows squad last season — Alwyn George, Narayan Das, Prabir Das and Pronay Halder.
All of them played their role to near-perfection as Dempo had Mohun Bagan on the mat in the first half and were rock solid in defence after the break, which earned them a well-deserved victory.