Jamshedpur, March 20 (IANS) Pune FC continued their impressive run with a facile 2-0 win over Mohun Bagan AC in Round-3 of the Under-20 I-League (Final Phase) at the JRD Sports Complex here Wednesday.
The result strengthened Pune FC’s grip at the top of the table and took their points tally to nine from their third win.
An own goal by Mohun Bagan defender Davinder Singh (22nd minute) and a goal from skipper Nikhil Kadam (32nd) were enough to give Pune three crucial points.
Twenty-two minutes into the game, Pune took the lead courtesy an ‘own goal’. Lalrempuia’s floated a long ball, off a free-kick from the left, into the penalty box. With no one to threaten the Mohun Bagan defence, defender Davinder headed ahead of Malsawm Kima over the ‘keeper who least expected the effort to sail over his head from the second post.
Pune started pushing ahead more aggressively after taking the lead. Striker William Lalnunfela forced himself down the right and cut back a cross. Haokip, then, in one motion found Nikhil whose grounder on the run went wide.
Couple of minutes after the half-hour mark, Nikhil doubled Pune’s lead. Medio Rinte’s through ball found Subasish Bose on the left. Subasish’s perfect cross across the turf was finished by Nikhil at far post after the keeper missed.
Two goals down in the first half, Mohun Bagan were only restricted to occasional counter attacks, which the Pune defence did well to see out.