Pune FC down a fighting Salgaocar
The Greens were defeated by 4 goals from the Pune outfit
Pune FC U15 downed their fighting Salgaocar FC counterparts in the Nike Premier Cup U15 Youth League held at Nagoa Ground. Ishan Dey (9’), Soraisam Singh (28’), Nonglei Laitonjam (43’) & substitute Gulam Ansari (86’) scored the 4 goals which scripted the Greens defeat.
The first half kicked off with both the teams showing some skilful moves. However the Pune outfit were clearly the better of the 2 sides as it took them under 10 minutes to crack the Salgaocar defence. Ishan was able to beat custodian Antonio D’Silva as a result of a clever through ball from his side. The Greens had a few good goal-ward attempts via Ribhav Sardessai, Fhezer Gomes & Levy Pereira but were denied by the opposition’s defence while their custodian Deepak Saravanan pulled off some good saves. As the game drew close to the half-hour mark Laitonjam doubled the lead as he received the ball from a throw-in & sent a scorcher from just outside the box. The 3rd goal of the day was a result of a miscommunication among the Greens defence which Laitonjam capitalised on as he sent the ball into goal. The Pune side were in the driver’s seat at half-time as the scoreboard read 3-0 in their favour.
In the second half the Salgaocar lads seemed to have pulled the socks up as they had a slight shift in positions when Aaron Bareto was sent up to strike. This seemed to put the visitors on the back foot as they cracked under the pressure to concede a penalty which Ribhav failed to convert. The final goal of the game was scored by substitute Gulam as he cleverly dodged the Salgaocar defence & get the 4th goal past Antonio. The game ended much to the relief of a valiant Greens side as Pune FC walked away with a 4-0 victory.