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Dempo beat Chirag 3-1, go top of I-League table

A team effort helped former champions Dempo comprehensively beat Chirag United 3-1 in their 21st round I-League match and go four points clear of nearest rivals Mahindra United.

sports Updated: Apr 17, 2010 00:16 IST

A team effort helped former champions Dempo comprehensively beat Chirag United 3-1 in their 21st round I-League match and go four points clear of nearest rivals Mahindra United. The Goa club now has 41 points but second-placed Mahindra United, can cut Dempo’s lead down to one point if they beat Lajong FC in Shillong on Saturday. Chirag United are fourth with 31 points, while Churchill Brothers - who play Sporting Clube de Goa on Saturday — are third with a point more.

A goal each for Beto, Ranty Martins and Joaquim Abranches saw Dempo home after Chirag drew first blood through Josimar Martins's early strike.

Josimar headed in a Gouranga Biswas cross from the left in the 16th minute. Fellow striker Edmilson Marques could have added another later but failed to convert from close.

Dempo equalised in the dying minutes of the first half when Beto placed his right footer to the far post. Ranty almost handed Dempo the lead when he hit the crossbar in first half injury time.

Dempo put in a superior display of attacking football in the second half, and got the result they wanted.