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Second Division League: Dempo eye I-League return, but face Minerva Academy in winner takes all!

Second Division League90 minutes of pulsating football await us at the Fatorda Stadium which will eventually decide the winner of the Second Division League 2015/16. Dempo SC, who are leading the table with 20 points, are slated to clash their swords with Minerva Academy FC, the debutants from the state of five rivers, who have given a swashbuckling performance in their debut season.

In the first-leg fixture, Dempo SC garnered all three points at the Sector 17 Stadium in Chandigarh, thanks to a cheeky goal by Uttam Rai from a scintillating cross by Mandar Rao Desai. Since the loss at home, Minerva Academy FC have revived immaculately and churned 4 wins from 5 matches, losing only 2 points out of possible 15.

Dempo SC’s intimidating attacking trio comprising of Mandar Rao Desai, Uttam Rai and Romeo Fernandes provided a much-needed boost to their hope to make into next season’s Hero I-League. Albeit they could not penetrate the sturdy Black Panthers at the Fatorda Stadium, no other team was able to keep a clean sheet against them.

On the other hand, the visitors will miss the services of Kareem Omolaja Nurain owing to his accumulation of yellow cards. On the other hand, Dempo SC will be missing two of their key players in the likes of Holicharan Narzary and Vinit Rai, who have been called up for the National Team camp in Guwahati.

Now the onus is on the 22 players who are certainly looking forward to leave the ground with the silverware and I-League promotion. Whether the expertise of Dempo SC gets the better of the bravado of Minerva Academy FC or not, it can only be seen after the gruelling 90 minutes of football.

by I-League Media

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