Frederick Noronha (FN)
2005-05-22 23:30:02 UTC
'We wanted to win for Junior'
By: Sanjjeev K Samyal
May 22, 2005
Dempo's captain Stanley Colaco exults after his side won the NFL in Margao
on Saturday Pic: Suresh KK
Margao: Such was its all-pervading effect that one could actually sense a
supernatural force controlling the destiny of the National Football League
contests on Saturday.
Junior lives on
Cristiano Junior has long departed on the last journey, but however hard
the football stars of Sporting, Mahindra United, Dempo, Tollygunge, Vasco
or East Bengal tried, the spotlight remained on the departed Brazilian.
It was quite a mystical evening at Goa. As the action started, the
attention was on the Sporting Clube de Goa versus Mahindra United match.
Sporting was leading the table and if they beat the Mumbai team, the
championship was theirs.
East Bengal, a point behind Dempo, too were in the running.
Trailing by a point, Dempo's hopes of victory hinged on the Sporting
As if by divine intervention, the script unfolded exactly how Dempo would
Sporting lost, East Bengal too lost and Dempo won.
At the end, it was only fitting that Dempo triumphed to give their
departed hero a fitting tribute.
At the Tilak ground, inspired by the memory of their late friend, Dempo
players put it across a demoralised Tollygunge Agragami 2-0. At Margao's
Nehru Stadium, Mahindra broke Sporting supporter's hearts with a 3-1
"We did it for Junior," exulted Dempo skipper Stanley Colaco. "It is for
Junior," shouted coach Armando Colaco, while Ranty Martins who had struck
a deadly combination with Junior in Dempo's forwardline, cried: "We
dedicate this victory to Junior's memory.
"We really wanted this victory for Junior."
Dempo bt Tollygunge 2-0; Mahindra bt Sporting 3-1
Vasco beat East Bengal 3-1
SBT bt Fransa 2-0.
How they finished:
1. Dempo (47 pts)
2. Sporting Clube de Goa (45 pts)
3. East Bengal (43 pts)