I L: Pune FC beat Mohun Bagan

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 24, 2013 18:38 hrs

Pune FC wrote a new page in their history annals on Thursday logging their first ever win over Mohun Bagan at the Kalyani Stadium.

The convincing 3-1 victory logged in the I-League Round-16 encounter helped Pune FC move into 2nd spot. Pune FC swelled their points tally to 46 points and trail leaders Churchill Brothers (51 points).

Strikes from playmaker Douhou Pierre (27th minute), striker James Moga (64th) and winger Karma Tsewang (77th) proved enough for Pune FC to canter to their 14th win of the season, which by far is the best ever in four seasons of top flight football.

Earlier, in Season-3 (2011-12) Pune FC ended with 13 wins.

Interestingly, the result turned out the 10th away win for Pune FC this season and also avenged the IFA Shield (0-3) loss at the same venue earlier this year.

The host's who trailed down 0-3 scored a consolation through striker Odafa Okolie in the second minute of 7 minutes of added time. Pune FC victory also turned out to be the second instance this when Bagan let in 3 goals.

Both teams began the game building up moves from the midfield. After few half chances at either end Bagan went close to open the scoring only for the alert Pune FC defense to avert danger.

At the quarter-hour mark, left-back Syed Rahim Nabi was put clean through down the right behind Gurjinder Kumar. The defender beat Chika Wali and attacked the goal, but Anas Edathodika came to the rescue and cleared before the shot was taken.

A minute later, Anas denied Odafa with a brilliant block inside the box. At the other end, Pune FC striker Moga was hacked down to the ground by Aiborlang Khongjee with the referee waiving play-on.

Midway through the half, Pune FC took the lead. Winger Khanthang Paite, put free into space down the right, had his perfect cut back dummied over by Moga as Douhou came in late and curls it in from the top of the box.

Pune FC began to control the game after taking the lead and wasted a brilliant opportunity to increase their tally. Karma with a clear chance after Douhou fed him into acres of space in box, had his attempt blocked off by custodian Shilton Paul.

The hosts tried to push ahead but weren't allowed space by the Pune FC who took their solitary goal lead into the break.

The second half was a different story as Pune FC dominated the possession battle. Pune FC kept on attacking the opponent's goal only to fall short in the final third.

Four minutes after the hour mark, Pune FC doubled their lead. Playmaker Douhou brilliantly won the ball in centre circle, and raced clear before teeing up Moga.

The striker´s powerful shot hit the crossbar bounced inside and came out, but luckily the assistant referee saw it and awarded the goal correctly.

Pune FC's dominant play not only made the crowd nervous, but the visitors induced more misery scoring a third goal thirteen minutes later.

Easily keeping possession, substitute Mumtaz Akhtar - on for Sukhwinder Singh - brilliantly played a through dink for Karma, who slotted in past the falling Shilton to increase the lead.

Pune FC did well to hold out in the final quarter of the game. Odafa however pulled one back in injury time which proved to be a consolation goal.

After receiving the ball behind the defence, Odafa beat Anas, then held off two defenders and somehow slotted past Amrinder at near post.

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