Eelco Schattorie’s inspired substitution scored the all important goal in the second half for the Kolkata outfit…
United Sports Club edged past Pune FC 1-0 in a group A encounter of the Federation Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi on Friday. Baldeep Singh’s strike in the 71st minute sealed an important three points for side side.
Eelco Schattorie made one change from the last game as he introduced Rajinder Kumar for CK Vineeth while Pune FC coach Mike Snoei handed a start to Mumtaz Akhtar for Zeeshan Rehman.
It was a scrappy start to the game as neither side could snatch a couple of passes together. Othallo Tabia and James Meyer crossed from the right but it never really bothered the opposition defense.
In the 10th minute, Arata Izumi released Anthony D’Souza who squared it for James Meyer to slot it home. However the Australian was too slow which allowed Dhanachandra Singh to track back and clear the danger.
Midway into the first half, it was the Purple brigade who began to control the tempo of the game with Lal Kamal Bhowmick and Souvik Chakraborty pulling the strings.
At the half hour mark, Bhowmick found Ranti on the right and the Nigerian’s cross into the box was just about cleared by Anas inside the box.
Arata had a decent chance before the half-time after Anthony cut in from left and set it up for him. The Japanese born-Indian’s attempt was astray.
After the hour mark, Riga found Arata inside the box but the latter squared it instead of taking a shot, much to the amazement of his team-mates.
The deadlock was broken in the 71st minute when Eric Brown’s cross from the left saw Baldeep Singh’s left footed attempt find the back of the net.
Anthony did well on the right as his cross saw Riga’s first time shot being blocked by Deepak Mandal. Off the rebound, Riga took a rather tame attempt which was easily collected by the opposition goalkeeper.
Substitute Thongkhosiem Haokip got into the act soon as his attempt from the right after being played in by Douhou saw Jayanta Paul push it for a corner. The scoreline remained the same as Pune FC paid the price of not having converted the chances that came their way.
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