Defending champions Pune FC kick-started their U-20 I-League title defence with a 2-0 win over Prayag United Sports Club at the Gopal Stadium,Jamshedpur onTuesday.
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 when they beat the Kolkata side 3-1 in Round-5 of the Final Phase. Statistically,Pune FC took their unbeaten run in the championship to 10,which includes nine from 2011-12 edition.
Pune FC could have ended with a bigger margin had it not been for the hard and uneven pitch to negotiate.
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. At half time the score remained goalless. Having dominated proceedings,Pune FC broke the deadlock when William tapped home from close at the far post a Rugved cross.
Mumbai strike with Arnold
Mumbai Strikers got the better of Madanpura FC 1-0 in a First Division match of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) League at the St Xaviers ground,Parel on Tuesday evening. Arnold Mascarenhas netted the lone goal of the match. Results: Div-I: Millwall FC 3 (Dylan Fernandes,Zeeshan Shaikh,Jehan Irani) bt Cyril Gabriel SC 1 (Neel Pal); Mumbai Strikers 1 (Arnold Mascarenhas) bt Madanpura FC 0.
Mahesh elected JVPGC president
FORMER state badminton player,Anil Mahesh,president of the Mumbai Suburban District Badminton Association,has now been elected president of the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana Club (JVPGC) as well at its AGM. Mahesh has earlier served in various capacities like honorary secretary,Hon Jt Secretary,and managing committee member.