Dempo Sports Club started the season the way the last season ended with a title. But Dempo needed a penalty shootout win to get past Vasco SC in the season opening Goa FA Charity Match held at Tilak Maidan, Vasco. The match had ended in a one-all draw in regulation time and Dempo won the penalty shootout 5-4 as Donald Rocha was the culprit for Vasco missing from the spot.
Dempo are set to miss a number of regulars for the next few months as they are with the Indian national team and coach Armando Colaco has put together a new, younger outfit to defend the I-League title and also play for the Goa Professional League title. But the team still has the quality to win matches as Armando has been active in the transfer season to bring in players who will have to replace seasoned campaigners like Mahesh Gawli, Samir Naik, Anthony Pereira, Climax Lawrence, Clifford Miranda and newly signed keeper Subhashish Roy Chowdhury.
Dempo took an early fifth minute lead when Nicolau Borges scored of a misunderstanding between keeper Milagrio Medeira and Queterio Pango. It was mostly Vasco thereafter but they could only equalise late in the match through substitute Christopher Borges. It ended one-all.
After the 90 minutes ended in a stalemate a penalty shootout had to decide who would win the first title of the season in Goa. For Dempo all five shoot takers converted - Valeriano Rebello, Joe Rodrigues, Godwin Diego Franco, Roy Colaco and Debabrata Roy. For Vasco keeper Milagrio Medeira, Prajot Naik, Jose Colaco and Bazileo Rego converted, but Donald Rocha's shot went wide and gave the GFA Charity title to Dempo.