Pune FC registered a fighting 2-1 come-from-behind win over Sesa FA,Goa in the final phase of the Under-20 I-League at the JRD Sports Complex,Jamshedpur.
Defender George DSouza (2rd minute) gave Sesa FA the lead before striker Subashish Bose (9th) equalised for Pune FC. His partner Thongkhosiem Haokips (31st) goal at the half-hour mark,proved to be the winner. Pune FC,however,played the final quarter with ten men after defender Anuj Negi was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Sesa FA took charge earlier in the game. After having missed a free-kick in the early exchanges,they took the lead in the 2nd minute through a free-kick conversion by DSouza. Pune FC scored inside ten minutes when Haokip was fouled by Raju Haldankar. Off the resultant free-kick,Subasish beat the keeper Shaikh Faiyaz from 22-yards at the far post.
Midway through the half,striker William Lalnunfela was brought down by Myran Pereira and the play was held up. The stoppage proved good for Pune FC as they took the lead when play resumed.
On the half-hour mark,Lalrempuia found Kadam in the clear on the right with a great forward release.
The winger controlled the ball before holding off two defenders and squared the ball to striker Haokip who finished from 6-yards out.
The game turned into a physical battle and was evident by the number of fouls committed by both teams.
Pune FC survived a scare after the defence blocked a free-kick from a dangerous position on top of the box.
Pune FC went into the break with the 2-1 advantage and came back strongly in the second half and had Haokip and Kadam go wide minutes after restart. In the 75th minute,Pune FC were reduced to 10-men after defender Negis foul on Olvin earned him a second yellow.
Sesa FA made most of their numerical advantage as they attacked the Pune FC box repeatedly. Despite a player down,Pune FC showed great fighting spirit as they held off various Sesa attacks in the final ten minutes.