Pune FC went down 0-3 to Mohun Bagan AC in their IFA Shield Group-A opener at the Kalyani Stadium,Kolkata. Striker CS Sabeeths brace (4th & 53 rd minute) along with skipper Odafa Okolies (30th minute) goal from a free kick were enough to give Mohun Bagan the win.
In a game,which soon turned into one of physical dominance,Pune FC went close couple of time in the opening minutes. Midfielder Velington Rochas attempt from the edge of the box went over after Douhou Pierre slid back the ball from the left. A minute later,striker James Mogas overhead kick went just wide after he did well to connect the ball.
At the other end,some sloppy defending cost Pune FC as Mohun Bagan took the lead. Midfielder,Quinton Jacobss cross in from the left was headed into the box by Odafa to Sabeeth on the run,who controlled it with his chest and volleyed home.
On the half-hour mark,another moment of madness cost Pune FC dear. As Odafa set forth on a counter,three Pune FC defenders tried to stop him but only ended up conceding a foul. The Nigerian scored directly from the free kick to double Bagans lead.
The second half began with Pune FC taking charge,but it was Mohun Bagan who scored again after some more poor defending by Pune FC.
Jacobs was allowed to run into the box in the right as he slid the ball past defenders Anas Edathodika and Caitano Costa. Sabeeth tapped into the empty net after goalkeeper Shahinlal Meloly was caught out of position. In the end,Pune FC were done in by their shoddy defending and also their lack of physical impact over the course of the game.