After their previous outing against Shillong Lajong FC that ended in a draw,Pune Football Club were in for a rude shock as they let a 2-0 lead slip and went down 4-2 to the Sporting Clube De Goa (SCDG) at SCDGs home stadium,the JN Stadium in Fatorda,on Wednesday. PFC that had a 11 match unbeaten streak,clearly were unable to hold onto the momentum gained from their last three outings that included two wins and a draw,and went down to SCDG indicating how badly the team has missed striker Jeje and goalkeeper Abhra. Both the players were out during their matches against Air India and Shillong Lajong.
The game began in an attacking mode with PFC raiding the SCDG defence. In the seventh minute,Keita,who connected a well placed cross from Srikanth,tapped the ball into the open SCDG net. The initial setback gave way to a string of errors made by the SCDG back four as PFC continued to mount attack after attack,barely giving away ball possession. Keita doubled the lead for PFC in the 21st minute where he was found unmarked in the SCDG box and did not make a mistake in tapping the ball in again. However,in the 32nd minute,a foul in the PFC box by defender Chika Wali on Games Moga,earned him a yellow card and a subsequent penalty that was converted by Kalu Ogba.
SCGD began attacking and dominated proceedings soon after. Jejes presence in the mid-field was missed as even though PFC tried to stop the counter-attacks. In the one minute injury time that was added to the first half,Kalu levelled the scores after a fine shot that saw a hapless fill-in keeper Amarinder see the ball go past him.
The second half began with a shift of momentum in favour of the SCDG. Rallied by the support of the home crowd,SCGD began attacking in waves akin to the opening attacks by PFC in the first half but were met with stiff resistance by the PFC defence. Amarinders frail goalkeeping was put to test when SCDG forwards were easily attacking the goal via long passes. In the 82nd minute,SCDG were able to finally break the deadlock after Moga,who was played by a long pass via Freiman,grabbed the ball and went past Srikant to shoot past a hapless Amarinder. Any hopes of a PFC revival was subsequently shut out after Dawson Fernandes coming down the right flank took an acute angled shot that beat keeper Amarinder.
PFC that have been looking to break into the 30 club are still stuck on 28 points and are on the fifth position. Their next match against Dempo will be a test of skill and accuracy as Dempo have been known for attacking style of football.