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Goan Super Cup: Dempo champions!

Dempo Sports Club last evening won the Goan Super Cup by beating Salgaocar Sports Club 1-0 in the final at the floodlit Nehru Stadium in Margao through a second half goal from Nigerian striker Ranty Martins Soleye.Dempo were the better of the two sides...

Dempo Sports Club won the Goan Super Cup last evening by beating Salgaocar Sports Club 1-0 in the final at the floodlit Nehru Stadium in Margao thanks to a second half goal from Nigerian striker Ranty Martins Soleye.

Dempo were the better of the two sides on display but they had to wait until the 74th minute when Godwin Franco lobbed the ball over the Salgaocar defence for Ranty Martins to score the winner past Vinay Singh in the Salgaocar goal.

After winning the 2011/12 Goa Professional League title a few weeks ago, Dempo have been able to win a rare Goan double – Pro League and Super Cup. In both local assignments, I-League champions and Federation Cup winners Salgaocar’s had finished as runners-up.

After the match, Dempo received Rs 200,000 (2 lakhs) and Salgaocar got Rs 100,000 (1 lakhs) for their first and second place finish in the Goa Pro League and thereafter Dempo’s Rs 75,000 and Salgaocar’s Rs 35,000 as champions and runners-up of the Goan Super Cup.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

Semifinals
10-Mar-2012: Dempo SC 6-0 Sporting Clube de Goa
11-Mar-2012: Salgaocar SC 2-2, 5-4 Churchill Brothers SC [penalties]

Final
13-Mar-2012: Dempo SC 1-0 Salgaocar SC

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.

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