Margao: Joaquim Abranches and Ranty Martins scored a goal in each half to down Churchill Brothers in the 14th round of the I-League, played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here on Saturday.
Dempo despite the absence of playmaker Roberto Silva due to double booking, controlled the midfield admirably with Climax Lawerence and Kalu Nnanu and with good support from the flanks from Clifford Miranda and Peter Carvalho stitched some good moves.
They had the early chance to take the lead but Ranty Martins flick from close was put out by rival keeper Arindam Bhattacharya with his leg after he was fed by Debabrata Roy.
Churchill Brothers found the going tough to breach the rival defence led by Mahesh Gawli who did man to man marking and did not allow them space to operate inside the box, came with a counter move few minutes later but Boima Karpeh lacked the direction as the ball went off the target.
Dempo took the lead in the 13th minute when Kalu Nnanu Ogba from the middle picked up Joaquim Abranches on the right as he lofted the ball over the defender Dinesh Thounaojam head, Joaquim controlled the ball and seeing keeper Arindam Bhatttacharya leaving his charge floated the ball over his head to find the far corner of the net.
Churchill came with couple of long range shots but Zakeer Mundampara first try went straight to keeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury and later his second attempt at the goal was off the target.
Earlier, Steven Dias shot from a free kick was parried away by keeper Chowdhury.