Dynamos kicked off their 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title defence with a late winner against How Mine at Barbourfields on Sunday in a match the hosts dominated but failed to score.
Dembare had Brighton Dube to thank for his own goal in what saw the visiting Harare giants revenge a humiliating 1-0 loss to the gold miners in last season’s league encounter between the two.
During the same season, How Mine returned to rub salt into the wounds of Dynamos when they bundled them out of the rich Mbada Diamonds Cup at Rufaro.
With the game seemingly headed for a stalemate, Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa threw in Washington Pakamisa and Cliff Sekete as he sought a late winner.
And it did come in the 88th minute when Pakamisa’s outward bound shot was turned home by Dube.
Dembare will cherish Sunday’s victory ahead of next weekend’s home tie against newly promoted ZPC Kariba.
They would however be lucky to escape early punishment from the PSL Disciplinary Committee after an overzealous fan from the Mpilo end of the stadium struck How Mine goalkeeper Donovan Bernard on the bottom left eye at the end of the first half.
The 18 year-old Aces Youth Soccer Academy graduate, who was preferred ahead of the more experienced Ephraim Mazarura, played the second half with a bandage in a match that was televised live on the popular sports channel, Supersport 9.
Hwange emerged the biggest winners of the opening weekend when they thumped visiting Buffaloes 5-1 at the Colliery.
Rodwell Chinyengetere, who spent 18 months off the field with an injury, scored twice for the coal miners while Evans Rusike copied him with his own brace, leaving Tofara Chese nailing the fifth at the death. Kelvin Thembani scored Buffaloes’ consolation goal.
At Gwanzura Stadium, Harare side Caps United found themselves a goal behind just 10 minutes into the match which they played against premiership debutants ZPC.
Pride Tafirenyika got the goal for the power generators and it took the Green Machine a good 73 minutes of sweat for Dominic Chungwa to level the scores.
Shabanie Mine had no problem in dispatching Triangle at Maglas Stadium in Zvishavane with Triangle’s Jimmy Tigere doing the hosts a favour via an own goal.
Zimbabwe’s own (Lionel) Messi, Carlos Messi doubled the hosts’ advantage in the 41st minute.
Nomadic footballer Louis Matawu stepped up in the 62nd minute to put the game beyond Triangle with the third goal.
But Tigere, probably feeling guilty for the own goal, came back now facing the correct direction to give the visitors a goal which left the match to end 3-1.