Dempoai??i??s winning streak came to a grinding halt in Round 8 as referee Pratap Singh made headlines for all the wrong reasons once again. Dempo missing seven of their regulars were forced to field U-20 player Brian Mascarenhas in the starting line-up. For most of the first half they matched Churchill in all departments and nearly came up with the opening goal. However Pratap Singhai??i??s error gifted Churchill the lead after the referee gave a goal to Antun Kovacic despite replays showing that the ball didnai??i??t cross the line. Just before the break Henri Antchouet doubled Churchillai??i??s lead after a deflection off Valeriano Rebello took the ball past Dempo keeper Laxmikant Kattimani. After the break Dempo came in all guns blazing and looked to overcome the deficit. However Koko Sakibo was guilty of missing several chances. Ranti Martins too had an off day and was ineffective throughout the match. Selwyn Fernandes scored a late consolation goal for Dempo Sports Club who possibly might have come away with all three points had their two Nigeran strikers not muffed the simplest of chances. Churchill moved to secondAi??spot with that win.

Pune FC came from behind to register their second consecutive win and move up to seventhAi??in the table. Pune FC were missing star striker Jeje and Baldeep Singh who were both with the Indian team. Subhash Singh- starting in place of Jeje equalized for Pune in the 40th minute after Jagaba Hamza put the Aeronautics men ahead in the 19th minute. Guinean, Mandjou Keita scored a brace in the second half to give Pune all three points and move up to a respectable seventhAi??in the table after a horror start to the season.

Referee Pratap Singh- Another howler

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Last seasonai??i??s second highest Indian scorer- AnilKumar P.K. netted his first goal of the season as Chirag United Kerala held defending champions Salgaocar to a 1-1 draw at Trivandrum. Salgaocar were without Rocus Lamare and Karanjit Singh and started with Vinay Singh in goal. Edeh Chidi and Junior Obagbhemiro started upfront while Rino Anto too found a place in the starting eleven after a long injury lay-off. It was Marcus Mascarenhas though playing as a withdrawn striker who scored his first ever I-League goal and gave Salgaocar the lead in the 30th minute. Salgaocar were lucky to score as the game until that point was being dominated by Chirag Kerala. But Anil Kumar, back at his hometown club on loan from Dempo Sports Club got them the equalizer in the 86th minute after being well assisted by Usman Ashik. Chirag are still in the drop zone but it was an important point for them considering they were playing the holders. Salgaocar stay in ninth position 12 points adrift of the top.

Yakubu and Prayag United- This year's darkhorses

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Prayag United Sports Club gave ample proof why they are slowly being considered the dark horses for this year’s title after another clinical performance saw them demolish Air India 3-0 and remain the only team unbeaten so far in the competition. Denson Devdas proved once again that he is developing as one of the best midfielders in the country with another goal along with goals from the evergreen Yusif Yakubu and Shylo Tulunga. The first half didnai??i??t yield any goals and Santosh Kashyap must have been happy with the way things were going for the Airmen. But after the break Prayag looked a different side and took the lead in the 55th minute through Yakubu followed by goals in the 70th and 89th minute through Tulunga and Devdas.

East Bengal secured a crucial victory ahead of their mouth watering clash with Dempo Sports Club after Tolgay Ozbay- who was in the eye of the storm after allegedly assaulting a groundsman at the Nehru stadium during a practice session- scored the goal that secured all three points for the Red and Golds against Sporing Clube de Goa. East Bengal started with the familiar pairing of Robin Singh and Tolgay Ozbay up front with Penn Orji being the anchor man in midfield. But Sporting Clube de Goa in stark contrast put just James Moga upfront in a very defensive line-up. That proved to be a disastrous move as Tolgay poached a goal with an opportunistic strike after cutting in and beating Gerrard Dai??i??Mello in the 24th minute. Mehtab Hossain came on as a second half substitute that would surely have brought the smiles on the East Bengal faithful.

Pailan Arrows and Mumbai FC played out a 1-1 draw at Kolkata. Milan Singh scored first for Pailan Arrows while Friday equalized for Mumbai FC. At Imphal, Mohun Bagan and Shillong Lajong played out a goalless draw.

Star of the Week: Manjdou Keita (Pune FC)

The Guinean after a serious ligament injury during the Federation Cup has come back strongly to score goals in the last couple of games that he has played including a brace in this match. No surprises that his goal scoring form has led to Pune FC climbing up the I-League ladder.

Goal of The week: Keita Manjdou (Pune FC)

Keita Manjdouai??i??s second goal wins this week’s goal of the week award. After receiving a measured pass from Venkatesh, Keita controlled the ball with his chest, got past Joseph Adeola with his control and slammed a beautiful volley past Pramod in goal for HAL.

Miss of the Week: Koko Sakibo(Dempo SC)

Koko Sakibo missed absolute sitters on a least three occasions. On one occasion after receiving a through ball from Peter, he ran past a defender, created space and had only Felix Dai??i??Souza to beat but he put it wide.

Save of The week: Laxmikant Kattimani

In the dying minutes of the match Dempo had all men forward looking for a goal when Okpara found himself with acres of space on the counter and only the keeper to beat. But somehow Kattimani made himself as large as possible and collected the ball from right under Okparaai??i??s legs on the second attempt.

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4 Responses to “I-League Diary – Episode 8: Dempo Taste First Defeat As Referee Pratap Singh Blunders Yet Again”

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  1. Santanu says:

    Too much is being made of Pratap Singh’s so called ‘mistakes’. Here the linesman also indicated ‘goal’ and TV pictures were hardly conclusive. But since he did not favour East Bengal against Mohun Bagan, this website and some Bengali news paper are targetting him. Interestingly when East Bengal got some favourable decisions from him in the Fed Cup, not much was said. The overall refereeing standard in Indian football certainly needs to improve but the smear campaign particularly against Pratap Singh shows how narrow minded you people are.

  2. Rahul says:

    In football refereeing cannot be perfect as its humanly not possible to notice every detail event that happens for a fraction of a second. Even in world-cup games this is true. Do people remember Renedey’s goal not beein given to him in the AFC cup ?
    The sooner we undersand this..the better and stop insulting referees for such “normal errors”..Lets critisize them for more blatant mistakes.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Dear Rahul and Santam,
    I am a Dempo fan and we did not protest when Pratap Singh gave a dubious penalty to East Benagl when they played us in the Federation Cup simply because referee’s do commit mistakes. But when it happens over and over again you start to wonder whether these people are doing it deliberately. For how long can such things continue. it is interesting to note that in this case Pratap Singh overruled the linesman when the linesman was in a better position to see if it was a goal. Hence the frstration at the decision.