Pune FC beat Bagan in I-League

Pune FC wrote a new page in their history as they logged their first ever win against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata at the Kalyani Stadium.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 25, 2013 3:18 am

Pune FC wrote a new page in their history as they logged their first ever win against Mohun Bagan in Kolkata at the Kalyani Stadium.

The convincing 3-1 victory helped Pune FC move into second spot in what is increasingly becoming a tight battle between PFC and East Bengal. Pune FC swelled their points tally to 46 points and trail leaders Churchill Brothers by five points (51 points).

Strikes from playmaker Douhou Pierre (27th minute),striker James Moga (64th) and winger Karma Tsewang (77th) proved enough for PFC to canter to their 14th win of the season,which by far is the best ever in four seasons of top flight football.

The result was the 10th away win for Pune FC this season and also avenged the IFA Shield (0-3) loss at the same venue earlier this year.

The hosts who trailed 0-3 scored a consolatory goal through striker Odafa Okolie in the second minute of the seven minutes of added time. Pune FC’s victory also turned out to be the second instance this season when Bagan have conceded three goals. Both teams began the game building up moves from the midfield. After a few half chances at either end,Bagan went close to open the scoring only for the alert PFC defence to avert danger.

At the quarter-hour mark,left-back Syed Rahim Nabi was put clean through down the right behind Gurjinder Kumar. The defender beat Chika Wali and attacked the goal,but Anas Edathodika came to the rescue and cleared before the shot was taken. A minute later,Edathodika denied Odafa with a brilliant block inside the box. At the other end,Moga was hacked down to the ground by Aiborlang Khongjee with the referee waving play-on.

Midway through the half,PFC took the lead. Winger Khanthang Paite put free into space down the right,had his perfect cut back dummied over by Moga as Douhou came in late and curled it in from the top of the box.

PFC began to control the game after taking the lead but wasted a brilliant opportunity to increase their tally. Karma with a clear chance after Douhou fed him into acres of space in the box,had his attempt blocked by custodian Shilton Paul.

The hosts tried to push ahead but weren’t allowed space by PFC who took their solitary goal lead into the break. The second half was a different story as Pune FC dominated the possession battle. They kept on attacking the opponent’s goal only to fall short in the final third.

Four minutes after the hour mark,Pune FC doubled their lead. Douhou brilliantly won the ball in the centre circle,and raced clear before teeing up Moga. The striker’s powerful shot hit the crossbar bounced inside and came out.

Pune FC’s dominant play not only made the crowd nervous,but the visitors induced more misery scoring a third goal 13 minutes later.

Easily keeping possession,substitute Mumtaz Akhtar — for Sukhwinder Singh — brilliantly dinked a ball in for Karma,who slotted in past the falling Shilton to increase the lead. Pune FC did well to hold out in the final quarter of the game. Odafa,however,pulled one back in injury time but it was too little and too late for Bagan.

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