FC Pune City ended their Indian Super League (ISL) season five campaign on a high with a 2-1 win over state rivals Mumbai City FC on Saturday at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune.
Adil Khan (18') and Iain Hume (84') were on target for the hosts. Arnold Issoko pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot in the dying embers of the game.
Adil and Marko Stankovic returned from suspension and injury respectively. Young Mohammad Yasir, Rohit Kumar and Gurtej Singh were given chances as Marcelinho and Martin Diaz remained suspended.
Jorge Costa had Souvik Chakraborti unavailable as Modou Sougou was rested. Alen Deory featured for the club for the very first time as India discard Mohammad Rafique started a right full back.
The visitors were all over Phil Brown's side early on. Rafique enforced a fifth-minute save from Kamaljit Singh from a cross. Matt Mills was booked moments later but the cheap set-piece he gifted did not prove costly as Paulo Machado's resultant freekick rattled the edge of the crossbar.
Kamaljit was forced to make another save from Arnold Issoko's angled shot minutes later. However, the deadlock was broken by Pune City against the run of play.
Iain Hume squared the ball for Robin Singh whose lob over the defenders saw Adil Khan beat the offside trap and wander into the box unmarked. The midfielder's audacious attempt paid off as his scissor kick on the volley resulted in arguably one of the goals of the season.
The hosts showed more fervour after taking the lead but it was Kamaljit who ended up being the busier of the two goalkeepers. Despite that, it was Pune who could have doubled right before the half-time whistle if not for Amrinder Singh's crucial save from Robin's header.
Half-time substitute Biping Singh faded off after forcing Kamaljit to make a diving save 36 seconds after the change of ends. Amrinder on the other end displayed good skills to stave off Rohit Kumar's shot from outside the box.
Mumbai City were generally wasteful as Issoko squandered a golden chance after a miscommunication with Deory. The game was brought into life in the final ten minuntes.
Robin Singh's 82nd minute goal was disallowed as he was deemed offside from Hume's pass. Hume made amends himself as he slammed the ball from a searing cross by Mohammed Yasir from the left side of the box.
There was drama in the stoppage time when Mills and Sarthak Golui combined to bring down Goian inside the box. Issoko added a third goal to his season's tally by sending the 'keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Pune City ended the season with 22 points while Mumbai City shift focus to the first leg of their playoff game against FC Goa at home next Saturday.