If one had to be kind, it could be said that a second string East Bengal couldn't prevent a repeat of history. Much like in the 2008 Super Cup, against the same opponents, I-League champions Dempo romped home with their second Super Cup and a cheque of Rs 10 lakh on Wednesday at the Tau Devi Lal stadium on a chilly Gurgaon evening.
But even Dempo are without their core group of regulars, currently with the India team in Dubai now.
Despite those shortcomings, the way Dempo showcased their superiority by dominating every department underlines Alberto Colaco's preparations and thoughts put behind the team.
Colaco, who is also Dempo's general secretary, confirmed that. "We always try to have a good second team. I'm happy that these guys stepped up to it. Ranty's (Martins) experience too helps," he said.
It was the Nigerian Martins who went about his business in true professional style, scoring a hattrick past a East Bengal defence which lacked the experienced trio of Uga Okpara, Nirmal Chhetri and skipper Saumik Dey.
Peter Carvalho and former Churchill Brothers medio Ogba Kalu had a tight grip over the midfield proceedings, making life difficult for Mehtab Hossain and Sanju Pradhan. It was East Bengal however who got the first break with Penn Orji making a sublime connect with Sanju Pradhan's crisp cross in the 23rd minute.
At the half-hour mark though, Ogba's right-footer from 30 yards taking a ricochet off the East Bengal's horizontal was ominous for East Bengal.
A harmless ball floated from midfield in the 33rd minute should have cleared comfortably by Sunil Kumar who was tailed by Martins. East Bengal custodian Jayanta Paul eventually rushed and collected the ball but a breakdown of communication between Kumar and him resulted in a collision. Martins calmly took control of the spilled ball and slotted it home.
The second came when a Peter Carvalho shot was parried away by Paul straight to his eager left-foot which ensured that the Goa club went in with a one-goal advantage at the break.
Dempo struck immediately after the breather when Gurwinder Singh was caught out of position at left-back, resulting in a free run from Joe Rodrigues who centred the ball for Martins to pick up his third.
East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan offered no excuses for the loss. "Fact is we lost it, even though we didn't have seven first team players and had to field a weak back-line."
Scores: Dempo 3 (Ranty Martins 33, 38, 49); East Bengal 1 (Penn Orji 23)