Defending Goa Police Cup champions FC Goa bowed out of the Goa Police Cup today, losing 3-5 on penalties to Dempo SC at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa after 90 minutes were not enough to separate the two sides.
The sides remained tied 1-1 after the end of the regular time after HP Lalremruata scored his third goal in as many games in the competition to give the FC Goa Developmental Team the lead heading into the break. However, a resolute Dempo made the most of their only real opportunity in the game when Padro Gonsalves lobbed Hansel Coelho to bring the game back on level terms.
Dempo keeper Wellyster Mendes turned out to be the star of the show – making crucial saves during prolonged periods of domination by FC Goa and then helping his team win it on penalties. The Dempo players kept their nerves to slot in all five spot-kicks with the game going to penalties while was on spot to deny Rayan Menezes, who took FC Goa’s fourth spot-kick.