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Sesa come out unscathed against Pune FC

Minutes before their I-League second division clash against Pune FC,Sesa Football Academy coach Maiano Dias insisted on his players practicing short one-touch passes,while their opponents were only keen on warm ups.

Written by Express News Service | Gurgaon |
March 10, 2009 11:07:33 pm

Minutes before their I-League second division clash against Pune FC,Sesa Football Academy coach Maiano Dias insisted on his players practicing short one-touch passes,while their opponents were only keen on warm ups. When the two teams finally came out of the Tau Devi Lal Stadium after sharing the spoils,there were talks of a befitting result between the top two teams of the draw. While an ordinary glance would suggest an extraordinary difference of experience between the two,in favour of the Pune outfit,it were Sesa,who had the claim to morale victory

The club comprising mostly 20-year olds foiled every move from former India skipper Shanmugam Venkatesh,Odinaka Godson and Sewram Gobin inside the box,while keeping the four-strong defence of Sudheesh Muttath,Othalo Tabia,Chika Wali and Kamal Thapa on the backfoot. Venkatesh changed position within the first ten minutes,like he’d done against Simla Youngs earlier,but his crosses were left unanticipated by forwards Godson and Gobin. As Sesa’s Lesley Fernandes and Agnelo Monteiro kept springing surprises and dismayed the few present,the bravest save of the game came from their defender Bruno Fernandes — heading back a strike from Godson,who latched on to Lal Rozma’s cross. For all these near-misses,Pune FC’s British coach Stewart Hall had the forward line to blame. “They were outstanding the other day. But Venkatesh,Godson and Gobin looked so ordinary today,” said Hall.

What added to his worries in the dying minutes was his players’ tendency to overattack that left the defence susceptible to counter attacks. “We had more rest coming into the match. Instead of tiring them up in the last 15 minutes,we kept pushing for the goal that never came. Instead we were close to losing the game,” Hall added .

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