Mapusa (Goa): Mohun Bagan and Dempo played out a goalless draw to split points in the seventh round of the Airtel I-League played here on Friday.
The draw takes Mohun Bagan to nine points from seven matches, while Dempo, who were looking to move up, collected seven points from seven matches.
The first half was fought on an even note as both the teams attacked each other but failed to break the deadlock as they lacked direction to find the target or beat the rival keeper.
Mohun Bagan`s Eric Muranda and Kastumi Yusa, who were doubtful starters, showed a lot of promise initially as they troubled the rival defense but were not able to get past keeper Subhasish Roychowdhury, who denied taking the opponent a lead.
Dempo defense gave a good account of themselves as they brought effective saves to stopped Muranda and Yusa from scoring.
On their part, Dempo also came up with constructed moves with Roberto Silva and Billy Mehmet combining well with the former setting Mehmet twice inside the goal but the latter failed to get past goalkeeper Shilton Paul.
Both the teams slowed down the pace of the game in the second half and Bagan, who tried to play long ball to breach the rival defense, could not get clear look at the rival goal.
Dempo fielded all their four new recruits from the disbanded Pailan Arrows and tried their best to break the deadlock towards the end. They even came close to netting the ball in the dying minute, but Paul made an effective save by diving to his left to save Roberto Silva header and deny Dempo their second win.
It is not pleasant at all that I had to approach the court but there was no option left for me. I am glad that I have been proved right and it has lifted my morale ahead for the Asian Games.
Manoj Kumar, Indian boxer