Indian Bank outplay Dempo
Striker Syed Sabir Pasha came up with a second-half brace to help Indian Bank halt Dempo's
winning streak with a 3-1 victory in the Oil PSU-seventh National
Football League at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Chennai on Monday.
After a barren first-half, Indian Bank shot into the lead
through Pasha in the 54th minute. Sri Lankan recruit Kasun
Nadika Jayasuriya then put the hosts ahead 2-0 at the hour
Three minutes later, Dempo fought back to reduce the
margin through substitute Francis Silveira.
But Pasha, a former India player, then took the game away
from the Goa outfit, scoring the third goal for Indian Bank in the 81st
minute, with a low header.
Indian Bank, who had upset ITI, Bangalore, in their opening
match, now have six points from two outings, while the Goans
tasted their first defeat in three matches after victories
over the Goa mates, Vasco and Salgaocar.
The bankmen, returning to the elite league after a gap of
three years, dominated most of the match with neat intercepts and coordination. They constantly troubled the rival defence, particularly in the second-half.
Dempo's key striker Andrew Sergey failed to break the
shackles, being closely marked.
Both the teams had a few good chances in the first-half, in which bankmen had more possession, but
failed to convert them.
Complete Coverage: 7th National Football League 2002-03