Pune FC kept their winning run intact,clinching a five-goal thriller against Salgaocar FC 3-2 in the final phase of the U-20 I-League at Gopal Stadium,Jamshedpur.
The victory helped Pune FC to the top spot in the league table.
Pune FC was led by a twin strike by striker William Lalnunfela (20th,55th minutes) and a goal from skipper Nikhil Kadam (60th). Salgaocar FC fought back through Albino Pereira (44th) to level scores at half-time,before striker Melvin Fernandes (85th) struck a consolation goal.
Pune FCs first inroad came past the first quarter of the hour. Winger Kadam gained from striker Thongkhosiem Haokips head-on in the middle,weaved past the defence only for his weak shot to let him down.
At the other end,Pune FC defender Riyan Yadgiri cleared a full-blooded try by Neville Fernandes in an open goalmouth.
A minute later,Pune FC took the lead through a healthy dose of luck. Denechandra Meitei raced down the left flank and released to Haokip. With custodian Albino Gomes leaving his charge,Haokips try was blocked before bouncing off a defender giving William the slightest of advantages to get a tap in.
A minute from the break,Salgaocar managed to equalise. A quick move down the centre left the central defence of Riyan and Salam Ranjan Singh beaten in a wall-pass sequence that had Albino score.
Ten minutes into the second half,Kadam and Laununfela combined to give PFC the lead. On a counter attack,Kadam played a perfect through ball to Laununfela. Controlling on the run,the strikers perfect finish from 16 yards out beat the goalkeeper at the second post.
Four minutes later,it was 3-1 with Kadam getting his name on the scoresheet. A great through ball from Lalrempuia from the right found Kadam in the clear who went solo on a 15-yard run before he controlled his finish through the legs of the goalie.
At the other end though,Salgaocar managed to score a goal after some poor defending. Melvin played a nice wall pass with Albino to beat the defense. Once in the clear the finish was easy with just keeper to beat.
The goal set up nervous final minutes,but Pune FC did well to hold on.
Sardar Dastur High School cruise to championship win
Dastur High School A captured the u-17 Jaideorao Gaikwad basketball championship as they comfortably beat Deccan Gymkhana in the finals. In the match played at the Deccan Gymkhana courts,Sardar Dastur High School A scored a 43-13 win over Deccan Gymkhana.
Dastur High School A had Shruti Sherigar to thank as the lass scored 15 important points. Snehal Poredi gave her good company as she notched up 12 points. Sonia Patwardhan scored six points for Deccan Gymkhana but it was too little and too late.
In the boys category,Sahara Solapur beat Youngsters in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggested. Sahara Solapur scored 39 points while Youngsters could only manage 30. Zaid Wadsankar,who was the star performer for Sahara Solapur all through the tournament,reserved the best for the last. He scored 18 wonderful points to help his team to a well-deserved victory. Santosh Kamat scored 16 points for Youngsters but was not able to guide his team to a win.
The Sardar Dastur High School B team bagged third place in the girls category with a 29-15 win over Millennium High School.
Sahara Solapur B won the third place play-off beating St Vincents High School 44-25.