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Kapil Hoble's strike helps Dempo SC sink Sporting Clube de Goa

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AIFF U-18 League saw an exciting game as Dempo SC and SCG locked horns...

Sporting went down to a solo goal against Dempo SC in the U-18 I-League played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Monday evening. A Kapil Hoble (8’) strike sealed the game in favour of the young eagles.

With both teams displaying some good intent early in the match it was Dempo’s gamble that paid off. A cross from Desmon Pereira on the right found Kapil leaping beyond his marker to place it past Akshat Hadkonkar.

Sporting took some while to gather themselves before launching their waves of offense. In the 19th minute Alston Camotio found Perryson Fernandes on the break but the latter shot straight at the Dempo keeper.

Sporting had their best opportunity in the 37th minute when a Princeton Rebello free-kick from about 35 yards dipped right onto Dempo net only to be denied by the woodwork. The score stayed 1 – 0 at half time.

Crossing over Sporting enjoyed a lion’s share of the possession. The introduction of Veegan Ferrao changed the tides in favour of Sporting. In the 57th minute Sporting skipper Shawn Noronha almost drew level when his header off a corner went screaming past the Dempo net.

Sporting had the best opportunity of the match in the 64th minute when Alston fed Veegan with a mouth watering cross only to see the latter miss the opportunity from a handshaking distance.

In the 73rd minute, Dempo’s Boris De Melo took a swing from about 35 yards away testing Akshat who managed to hold on to the ball ensuring no further damage. Sporting’s last opportunity came in the 86th minute when Veegan Ferrao’s powerful shot was kept out by the Dempo goalkeeper courtesy a full-length dive towards his right.

Dempo lads hung on the lead seeing off a spirited Sporting fight back to walk home with full 3 points. 

Published: Mon Feb 13, 2017 06:47 PM IST

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