Margao, Nov 10 (IBNS) Dempo Sports Club regained their place at the top with a 4-1 victory over Shillong Lajong Football Club in a fifth round clash of the I-League at the Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday.
Dempo struggled to enforce themselves in a manner they usually do but a brace from Ryuji Sueoka, including a penalty, and one each from Clifford Miranda and Anthony Pereira was enough to take their points tally to 13 and leapfrog Churchill Brothers (12).
Shillong Lajong pulled a goal back in the second session through Jibon Singh but the visitors, in the end, paid a price for their lack of experience.
Joaquim Abranches missed from close range as early as the fifth minute and then Anthony Pereira's blistering attempt struck the crossbar. But it was not until the stroke of half time that Dempo managed to take the lead.
A long ball from Dempo's half saw Anthony Pereira and Climax Lawrence interchange nicely. Climax then controlled the ball and essayed a cross into the heart of the Lajong goalmouth where Sueoka was on hand to head home.