FC Pune City colts lift the IFA Shield thrashing the Mariners
FC Pune City U19 today thrashed their counterparts from Mohun Bagan to attach a glossy petal in their history, the juniors of the franchise team have lifted the prestigious IFA Shield today beating a giant of Indian football.
The match started with the Mariners dominating the proceedings. On the 17th minute they failed to capitalise on a loose ball inside the box. A golden chance was thus wasted.
On the half hour mark, Mohun Bagan built another fast counter attack. Sourav cut in from the left flank but took the shot himself and the sphere got nested in the safe hands of the Pune custodian. In the first half, Bagan’s pattern of attack became predictable as most of them were being built through the left channel and the right flank remained unutilized.
The half ended with the deadlock till to be broken. The second half resumed in completely a reverse manner as Pune City U19 began to establish their strong hold on the match gradually.
On the 56th minute Pune struck the first blood. Omega built a beautiful attack from the right flank and as he crossed it Gani Ahmed Nigam did no mistake in netting it, thus stamping his authority. The crowd got awestruck as it almost came against the momentum of the game.
10 minutes later FCPC were awarded a penalty. Gani Ahmed kept his nerves and sheltered the ball at the back of the net to give his team a two goal cushion in the final and thus completing his brace. Gani has really been the star performer for Pune this tournament as he scored crucial winners in the previous games also.
Mohun Bagan then tried to retaliate but a mistake by their goalkeeper Sanjoy Bhattacharya cost them. Balkar Singh scored the third goal for Pune to put the final nail on the coffin. Bagan’s dreams have been shattered. After the seniors failed to bring any silverware this season, the juniors have also failed agonisingly short from the potential glory.
After the match, Mohun Bagan U19 coach Jo Paul Ancheri said,”Missing easy chances have been trademark in the Shield and today it finally came to haunt us.”
On the other hands the joy of the Pune team coached by 26 year old Roger Lamesa Grau knew no bound. This is their second trophy within the past few months as they also lifted the Goa Super Cup in May.
After buying the academy of Pune FC, this franchise team is really doing wonders in youth level. Although the senior team is yet to go anywhere near winning the ISL, but the youth programme of FCPC is seemingly on par with the very best of the land.