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U20 I-League - Rnd 4: Pune FC 9-0 United Sikkim FC
Pune FC qualify for the final phase; thump USFC 9-0
Pune FC Under-20s emulated their seniors with a thumping win over United Sikkim FC (USFC) 9-0 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; 17 April, 2012) at Goa.
Likewise, Pune FC’s 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 FC’s landslide win was spearheaded a hat-trick scored by striker William Laununfela (45+1st, 57th & 69th minute).
The rest of the tally was accounted by striker Subasish Bose (10th & 28th), medio 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 qualify for the final phase of the tournament beginning Saturday, 16th March, 2013.
Facing a must-win situation, Pune FC showed their intentions no sooner the match kicked off. Creating chances aplenty in the rival penalty box, Subasish, Nikhil, Haokip and William all went close with no clear cut chance in the opening minutes. The closest was Nikhil’s effort that was put over from 8-yards out.
Pune FC took the lead in the 10th minute through Subasish, who showed off great individual effort. Subasish went on a solo run down the left flank, cut in and finished his grounder to the far post past a maze of legs.
Nine minutes later, Pune FC doubled their lead. Midfielder Lalrempuia combined with Nikhil whose intelligent square pass left Lalrempuia with an open goal face to slot home.
At the other end, USFC gave Pune FC a scare. Yogal Lepcha intercepted an Anuj Negi pass and only to have his effort sail over.
Six minutes later the Lalrempuia struck again. After a good exchange with Nikhil on the right, Lalrempuia played wall pass with William inside the box to get into the clear and tap in and swell the lead to 3-0.
Three minutes later, Subasish made it four. Haokip’s long ball was controlled and shot by William into the ‘keeper, who fumbled. Subasish did well with the rebound and calmly slotted home.
The fifth Pune FC goal came a minute past the half-hour mark. Subasish set up Haokip with a brilliant cross in from the right that beat the entire defense. Haokip controlled it with his chest and finished it past the helpless ‘keeper.
Pune FC signed off the first half with William heading home in the first minute into added time. The goal was a creative of left-back Denechandra Meitei. A dead accurate cross into the box from the left-wing was directed by the striker home.
The second half was a similar story as Pune FC were rampant. Subasish’s try was cleared a yard from the goalline four minutes after the restart.
It didn’t take long though as Pune FC made it seven goals nine minutes in. Striker William set on a counter before squaring the ball far wide to Nikhil ended with a tap in.
A minute later, Pune FC were lucky to neutralize a well worked move. USFC’s Sonam down the middle got past the defence and found an overlapping Rabin on his left. A timely interception by substitute Riyan Yadgiri ended in a corner-kick rather than a possible goal.
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 ran quick to control, beat a defender and in same stride the goalkeeper, who was off the line.
Midway through the half, William completed his hat-trick. Rinte found substitute Janak Kudmal on the right, who relayed the ball to an overlapping defender Henry Monsang. Releasing a first-time cross Henry found Hoakip receive and try. The effort crashed onto the vertical at the first post. The rebound fell to William who did no mistake.
Pune FC U-20s: Avilash (GK) (66′; Sarif); Anuj (46′; Riyan), Henry, Ranjan, Denechandra, Rintea, Lalrempuia (46′; Janak), Haokip, Nikhil , William, Subasish
Unused Subs: Karthik, Shivram, Abung, Deepak
United Sikkim FC U-20s: Nim (GK); Khusen, Inchen, Ongcho (33′; Sagar), Amit, Bibek, Dilip, Karma, Yogal, Rabin, Sonam
Unused Subs: Pujan (GK); Pema, Dawa, Sandeep, Novin, Keval
Yellow Cards: Anuj, William (PFC); Inchen (USFC)