PFC u-20 side defeats Prayag United SC 2-0 in the opening game in Jamshedpur.
Defending champions Pune FC kickstarted their Under-20 I-League title defence with a 2-0 win over Prayag United Sports Club at the Gopal Stadium in Jamshedpur.
Second half strikes by William Lalnunfela (60th minute) and Lalrempuia (90+3) settled the issue for Pune FC.
The win helped Pune FC continue from where they left off last year. Last year,Pune FC beat the Kolkata side 3-1 in Round-5 of the Final Phase.
The champions did the early running through striker Thonkhosiem Haokip who ended short as he chased a long ball played by Lalrempuia. A minute later,Henry Monsang let fly 35-yard free-kick that whizzed past the second post by inches.
Seven minutes on,Nikhil Kadam from the left forced the custodian to a full length dive to keep out his well struck low free-kick from 30 yards out.
Prayag United SC,meanwhile,took the pressure away from their half with Ronjan Barman directing a free kick goalward,which Pune FC goalkeeper Avilash Paul collected without difficulty.
Closing out the half,Pune FC survived a scare,when Denechandra Meetei was beaten on the left,allowing Prayag United SCs Rajon to advance towards PFC goalkeeper Paul.
The goalkeepers timely charge ended with both players taking knocks and the ball going out of the ground.
Having dominated proceedings,Pune FC broke the deadlock when William Lalnunfela tapped home from close range at the far post off a perfectly weighed Rugved Yeole cross.
Into injury time,Pune FC doubled the lead with Yeole once again doing the spadework. Pushing Subasish clear on the left led to open space to relay a cross to the far side.
Substitute Shivram,using his presence of mind,did well to use his body and set up Lalrempuia,who ended curling the ball past a stationary keeper from the top of the box.