Sporting and Dempo play out a goalless draw in their final fixture of AIFF U-18 I-League on Thursday evening at Duler Stadium. . .
The initial part of the first half was a drab affair, it took 25 minutes to mark the first real action when Gopi Kesarkar of Sporting dribbled past two defenders to send in a dangerous cross but failed to find any orange shirts at the end of it.
In the 38th minute, Alston Camotio free kick saw the Dempo keeper fumble leaving the ball close to a lurking Gopi within the box, but the latter prejudged his footing making a mess of the opening. For Dempo Shubert Pereira created the best opportunity towards the closing stages but Sporting custodian Akshat’s reflexes made sure no damage was done to the scoreboard.
In the second half, Dempo skipper Aaron Rodrigues and Sezwin Fernandes came close of poking one in after the Sporting custodian Akshat Hadkonkar failed to make a clean collect but couldn’t make it count. At an hour mark, Dempo once again came close when Sezwin managed a fabulous cross to Kapil Hoble who just had Akshat to beat but sent a weak shot straight to the keeper.
Kapil once again made a mess of the opportunity in the 73rd minute when he failed to connect with a pin point cross from his skipper Aaron. Sporting responded soon when Brandon Gomes got hold of a loose ball in the deep to take a swing from about 35 yards but couldn’t beat Preston Rego in between the sticks. This result would mean the two teams qualifying from Goa zone would be AIFF & Salgaocar FC.