I-LEAGUE 2014-15 :Dempo lost 1*-2 to Pune FC at home.

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18.04.2015 : DEMPO SC -- 1-2 -- PUNE FC (FT)
PFC : Darko 9', Lalrempuia 68'
DEM : tolgey 69'
PFC : Amrinder, Srikanth, Luciano, Anas, Munmun, Lalrempuia, Arata, Dhanpal, Prakash, Sueoka, Darko
DEM : kattimani, Peter, Roy, Calum, Rowilson, Prabir, Francis, Lenny, Jewel, Carlos, Holicharan

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Ten-man Pune FC kept their composure and bounced back to winning ways with a hard fought 2-1 win over Dempo SC in an I-League Round-17 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Saturday. In a high octane clash, striker Darko Nikac (9th minute) put Pune FC in the lead before Lalrempuia Fanai doubled the advantage in the 67th minute. Substitute Tolgay Ozbey pulled one back for the hosts in the 69th minute but the goal proved to be only a consolation.

The game also saw two red cards with Dempo's Prabir Das (26th minute) and Pune FC’s Dhanpal Ganesh (72nd) sent off in either half. Meanwhile, the three points earned took Pune FC's tally to 23 points as they moved up to the third place in the table. On the other hand, Dempo (13 pts) dropped down to 8th place in the standings. Going into the game, Pune FC Coach Karim Bencherifa made four changes handing starts to Srikanth Ramu, Munmun Lugun, Dhanpal Ganesh and Prakash Thorat.

After a few half chances at either end, Pune FC broke the deadlock in the 9th minute. On a breakaway move, Arata Izumi found Prakash clear on the left flank who in turn played Munmun clear down the wing. The left-back curled in a low cross at the first post to Ryuji Sueoka who failed to get a good touch. However, Darko following up in the box fired home the stray ball from close range to put Pune FC in the lead.

Thereafter, both sides pushed up with a few attacks in the rival third. While, Pune FC opted to build through quick passes in the midfield, Dempo went for the long balls but either side couldn't penetrate the defensive line and stayed stuck in the midfield. The hosts went close in the 26th minute when Carlos Hernandes let fly from distance. The Costa-Rican's swerving shot was palmed away by a great diving save from keeper Amrinder Singh. A minute later, the hosts went down to ten-men when defender Prabir Das was sent off by referee Ranjit Bakshi for dissent in the 27th minute.

Ten minutes later, Pune FC once again went close through play maker Sueoka. This time after a series of more than fifty passes in the midfield, a long ball from the Amrinder was flicked on by Sueoka to Darko on the run. The Montenegrin ran clear on the left and cut back for Sueoka whose low drive went wide.

In the final minutes of the half, Dempo had a great chance after some poor play from the Pune FC backline who gave away the ball cheaply outside the box on the right. Lenny Rodrigues capitalised and found Jewel Raja inside the box. The midfielder turned and attempted a curler at the far post but keeper Amrinder once again produced a fantastic save to keep the scores unchanged going into the breather.

The second half began with some end to end action from the opening minute. For Pune FC, Prakash put one back in the net from a header in the 47th minute on Lalrempuia's cross in from the right only to be pulled up for a foul. Meanwhile, the hosts were denied two minutes later when Carlos' shot from inside the box was blocked just outside the goalline by Anas Edathodika. The game had turned physical with both sides being involved in a lot of fouls. For Pune FC, defender Srikanth Ramu and striker Darko went into the book in the opening quarter of the second half.

As the game entered the final twenty-five minutes, it exploded with action. First, it was Pune FC who doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Lalrempuia picked up the ball on the midfield and ran clear towards the right. With no defender closing him down he hit a dipping shot at the far post which bounced inside the box and hit the vertical before going in past an outstretched Laxmikant Kattimani.

Two minutes later, Dempo pulled one back when substitute Tolgay capitalised on the Pune FC defense's failure to clear the line and slotted home from close range. Three minutes later, medio Ganesh was harshly sent off for a second bookable offense after he fouled Carlos outside the box. The red card was his second this season and an immediate one after coming back from a two-game suspension for his first red in the game against Bharat FC (Apr 4).

Despite being down to ten men in the final quarter, both sides continued to attack. While Dempo had a better share of possession, Pune FC managed to keep the pressure and hold on for a 2-1 win.

MATCH END. Pune FC beat Dempo SC 2-1 i away to reach 3rd place in the Table.
90': 4 minute added time.
85': 10 men DEMPO 1-2 PUNE SC (10 Men)
78': CHANGE - PFC : Lalramluaha and Prakash out.
75': Both team now down to 10 men.
73': RED CARD - PUNE : Dhanpal Ganesh
69': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 2-1. Dempo reduced through Tolgey.
68': GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Lalrempuia Fanai scored for Pune.
67': CHANGE - DEMPO : Clifford in and Debabrata out.
66': CHANGE : Haokip in and Darko out.
64': CHANGE : Ralte in and Munmun out.
60: 10 men DEMPO 0-1 PUNE SC
56':Yellow Card: Darko Nikack (PUNE FC)
81: Yellow Card to Srikant Ramu (PUNE FC)
46': CHANGE - DEMPO : Nirmal Chhetri in and Lenny out.
HT: 10 men DEMPO 0-1 PUNE SC
45+2: Yellow Card to Dhanpal Ganesh (PUNE FC)
31': Yellow Card to Peter Carvalho (DEMPO)
27': RED CARD Prabir das of dempo.
26' : well SAVED by Amrinder off close ranger shot of Carlos Hernandez.
9': GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAALL : Pune FC scored through Darko Nikacfrom a close range.
5': 0-0 is the score line.
1': Match kick off by Pune FC

PREVIEW-PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they take on Dempo SC in an I-League Round-17 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa on Saturday. The game will be an important one for either side for distinct reasons. While fourth placed Pune FC (20 points) will hope for a change in fortunes after a hard fought 2-3 loss to East Bengal at home, seventh placed Dempo SC (13 pts) will be looking to build on their 1-0 win over Mumbai FC away from home.

Nonetheless, Pune FC will be keen to force a result this time around after their goalless draw against Dempo SC in the home leg earlier this season. At the same time, Pune FC will also want to make a move up the table as they take field for the fourth time in two weeks. Furthermore, with back-to-back crucial games against defending champions Bengaluru FC and current leaders Mohun Bagan lined up next week, Pune FC will be eager to shrug off the disappointment of a loss and get back to winning ways.

The clash on the morrow will also be the tenth time Pune FC play a competitive game in the coastal state this season in all competitions and their second at Fatorda after playing four games each in the Durand Cup (Raia Sports Ground) and the Federation Cup (Tilak Maidan, Vasco) apart from the I-League opener (Fatorda). Despite that, the task at hand won't be an easy one and Coach Karim Bencherifa is aware of the situation. Moreover, having earned just one win in five games after the international break in March, Coach Bencherifa will want his side to get a good result against Dempo.

'Our result against East Bengal in the previous round makes the game against Dempo an all important one. The players also realise it and we are working very hard. But we know that the game against a good Dempo side won't be an easy one,” said Coach Bencherifa on the sidelines of a training session at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. On the team news front, Pune FC will be missing services of defender Raju Yumnam who suffered an injury in the previous game and joins Edgar Marcelino and Ishfaq Ahmed on the sidelines.

Nonetheless, Pune FC will be boosted by the return of key midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh. The India-international is back after serving his two match suspension for a direct red card and is joined by defender Munmun Lugun as the second change in the 18-man squad. Hosts Dempo have undergone a lot of changes since the last time Pune FC faced them. Coach Trevor Morgan is now in charge after replacing Arthur Papas and the Englishman has shuffled the squad bringing in a lot of reserve players into the lineup.

Despite logging a win in their previous game, Dempo has only been able to grab two wins in the I-League so far. Moreover, at home the Goans have managed to clinch just one win, along with two draws and losses since the start of the season. Furthermore, having scored just nine goals so far in twelve games, Dempo, the second lowest goalscorers after Bharat FC, have also failed to find the net in six games and will be depending heavily for their strike front of Holicharan Narzary, Alwyn George and Francis Fernandes to fire up front.

Whlie Tolgay Ozbey is a doubt for the game, defender Haroon Amiri is suspended for receiving four yellow cards. In their absence, the other overseas players Carlos Hernandes and Calum Angus will be key for the hosts with the likes of Lenny Rodrigues and Mandar Rao Dessai adding to the options in the midfield. For ex- Pune FC defender Calum Angus, it will the first time he will be facing his old club having missed out on the first leg due to injury. Joining him will be another ex-Pune FC winger Gabriel Fernandes who too will be up against his old side.

Over the years, both sides have faced off thirteen times with Pune FC boasting a better head-to-head record with six wins compared to Dempo’s three. Furthermore, Pune FC also have an upper hand in away games against Dempo with two wins compared to one and will be keen to build on this record.