Indian Bank outplay Dempo 3-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Star striker Syed Sabir Pasha came up with a second half brace to help Indian Bank halt Dempo's winning streak with a 3-1 win in the seventh Oil PSU National Fo

Chennai:

Star striker Syed Sabir Pasha came up with a second half brace to help Indian Bank halt Dempo's winning streak with a 3-1 win in the seventh Oil PSU National Football League match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today. 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 mark. Three minutes later, Dempo fought back to reduce the margin through substitute Francis Silveira. Pasha, a former India player, then took the game away from Dempo, scoring the third goal for Indian Bank in the 81st minute, with a low header. Indian Bank, who upset ITI Bangalore, in their opening tie, now have six points from two outings, while the Goans tasted their first defeat in three matches after victories over 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 played as a team. They constantly troubled the rival defence, particularly in the second half. Dempo's key striker Andrew Sergey failed to break the shackles after he was closely marked by the Bank defence. Both the teams had a few good chances in the first half, in which Bank had ball possession for most of the time, but failed to convert them. (PTI)

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