Pune FC under-20 side emulated their seniors with a thumping 9-0 win over United Sikkim FC (USFC) in their final group A game at Gopal Stadium,Jamshedpur.
The win was the biggest margin of victory ever registered by any team in the Under-20 I-League. Earlier,Sporting Club Goa beat Salgaocar FC 7-0 (Group-C; April 17,2012) in Goa.
Likewise,Pune FCs huge win turned out to be the highest match-aggregate in the league,bettering the 8-goal encounter that Dempo SC downed Mumbai FC (final score 7-1) in the group stage of the 2011-2012 edition at Kalyani.
Pune FCs landslide win was spearheaded a hat-trick scored by striker William Laununfela (45+1,57th & 69th minute).
The rest of the tally was accounted by striker Subasish Bose (10th & 28th),midfielder F Lalrempuia (19th & 25th),striker Thongkhosiem Haokip (31st) and winger Nikhil Kadam (54th).
The victory was the third for Pune FC (9 points) in the group and enabled them to qualify for the final phase of the tournament beginning Saturday,16th March,2013.
Pune FC signed off the first half with William heading home in the first minute of added time.
It didnt take long for Pune FC to score their seventh goal. Striker William set on a counter before squaring the ball far wide to Kadam who tapped it in.
Three minutes later,it was 8-0 in favour of Pune FC. A crisp through pass by Lalrinawma Rinte left the USFC defense beaten. William raced on to the ball scoring with a first time shot
Midway through the half,William completed his hat-trick and completed a rather clinical demolition of a shell-shocked United Sikkim FC.
PFC to begin phase-2 against Sesa FA
Pune FC u-20 take on first-timers Sesa FA,Goa in the final phase of the u-20 I-League at the JRD Sports Complex,Jamshedpur,on March 16. Having finished second in group A with 9 points,defending champions Pune FC will engage themselves in five rounds of the competition that ends on March 24. Pune FCs opening game is against group C toppers Sesa FC. The team will then take on Salgaocar FC on March 18 followed by Mohun Bagan on March 20. Pune FCs last two games will be played on March 22 and 24 against Tata Football Academy and East Bengal respectively. Pune FC is the only squad from West Zone to qualify for the final phase of the u-20 I-League.