INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT

I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Pune FC drew goalless with Dempo SC at home.

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14.02.2015: PUNE FC --- 0-0 ----- DEMPO SC - ( FT..)
PFC :Amrinder , Sobrosa, Yumnam, Arata, Darko, Sueoka, Ishfaq, Anas, Ganesh, Haokip, Hmar. ?
DEM : Kattimani, Amiri, Rowilson, Nirmal, Cardozo, Lenny, Germanpreet, Carlos, Alwyn, Tolgay, Clifford........Referee: Vishnu Chauhan

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC fought hard but were held to a goalless draw by Dempo SC in an I-League Round-6 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Saturday. In a game of equal exchanges, both sides created chances throughout the game but fell short of converting them in the final third.

The game also saw Pune FC keep their first clean sheet in over two months thanks to goalkeeper Amrinder Singh's heroics under the bar. The young shot-stopper produced numerous saves throughout the game to deny Dempo SC.Having split points, Pune FC still maintain their position as league leaders with 11 points as Dempo moved up to sixth with 7 points.

Injuries forced Coach Karim Bencherifa to make three changes to the Starting XI as he brought in Anas Edathodika, Ishfaq Ahmed and Lalramluaha Hmar. In a fiercely contested battle, the game went into top gear right from the opening minute. Pune FC began by making early inroads, into Dempo SC's six-yard box but their defence stood firm. The visitors too were not to be slighted and tried to make early inroads themselves into Pune FC's half.

Playing his first game after suffering an injury in the finals of the King's Cup in Bhutan, Pune FC's captain Anas Edathodika looked at his best as he continued to thwart the attacks that were launched on the Pune FC goal. Striker Tolgay Ozbey let one fly in as early as the fifth minute of the game but it was well blocked by Amrinder.

Pune FC countered almost immediately in the seventh minute through Ishfaq who played a low ball from the right, Thongkhosiem Haokip and Ryuji Sueoka combined well for a one two but were unable to breach the Dempo defence.Thereafter the game turned into an end-to-end affair. Pune FC attacked through Sueoka and Darko Nikac, but were unable to break down the Dempo defence.

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In the 17th minute, Darko, Pune FC's Montenegrin striker went down and had to be substituted. Prakash Thorat came on for the injured Darko who had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.In the 21st minute Alwyn George sent in a low cross For Tolgay but it was well covered by Anas. Almost immediately Pune FC retaliated through Haokip, who was flagged offside.

A minute past the half hour mark, Pune FC almost broke the deadlock. Haokip outjumped his marker to get a nice header but the ball went just over the horizontal.Pune FC had a glorious chance in the 38th minute. Arata Izumi displayed some great ball control on the left and sent the ball down to Haokip outside the box. The striker was clear on goal but his first touch let him down.

The two teams went into the breather tied at goalless.The second half began right from where the two teams left the first. Good end-to-end football with tackles in the mid-field was how the first half was, and that is exactly how the second was.

In the 48th minute Dempo SC earned a free kick after Alwyn Georgewas bought down by Ganesh but Pune FC's defence was up to the task. On the other hand, two minutes later, Ishfaq earned a free kick for Pune FC but nothing came off it.The first real chance for the visitors came in the 54th minute when Clifford Miranda let loose a volley which was saved by a diving Amrinder. The subsequent corner which they earned also saw the Pune FC defence clearing it off easily.

The game thereby switched gears once again. From a flowing, tactical game the players on both sides resorted to playing a more physical one. Pune FC continued to defend well through.On the other hand in the 71st minute Arata cut in a low ball from the left for Prakash but the Dempo SC keeper managed to intercepted him.

In the 80th minute, Arata earned a freekick for the home team in a promising position which earned Pune FC a corner. The same, taken by Arata, almost gave Pune FC the lead when the ball reached Dhanpal Ganesh from a well timed header by Luciano Sabrosa. Ganesh's header however just sailed over the top. Both sides had a few half chances in the final few minutes of the game before it ended 0-0.

14.02.2015: PUNE FC --- 0-0 ----- DEMPO SC - ( FT..)
PFC :Amrinder , Sobrosa, Yumnam, Arata, Darko, Sueoka, Ishfaq, Anas, Ganesh, Haokip, Hmar. ?
DEM : Kattimani, Amiri, Rowilson, Nirmal, Cardozo, Lenny, Germanpreet, Carlos, Alwyn, Tolgay, Clifford........Referee: Vishnu Chauhan

FT : Match End. Goalless.
90': 3 minute added time.
90': Pune FC 0-0 Dempo SC
83': Corner to Pune. Ganesh's header just went wide.
73': CHANGE - PUNE : Munmun in and Raju Y out.
64': Lenney to Francis but ball cleared.
60': STILL SCORE LINE is 0-0.
55': Dempo earned corner, Hernandez's corner but Pune keeper cleared.
50': Slow pace in the match.
47': Starts of 2nd half match.
HT : 0-0 is the half time score.
45':2 minutes added time
35':Lenny's pass to Tolgey in counter attack, but Ishfaq cleared the ball
31':Brilliant chance to Haokip from Anas's cross, but his header went wide
30':Raju's through to haokip but his shot went wide
25':Dempo's corner, cleared in defence
22':Pune's move but Haokip is in offside position
21':Dempo's move, Alwyn's cross to find Tolgey, Anas cleared the ball
20':Players Change in Pune FC: Prakash in place of injured Darko
16':Sueoka's low cross to find Haokip, cleared in defence
10':Pune FC looks more aggressive in this early minutes
7':Brilliant one two on Haokip and Sueoka, cleared in defence
5':TOlgey's long ranger, Amrinder fistd it and Luciano cleared the ball
0':Kick off

Pune FC look to build on impressive home record; host Dempo SC

PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will seek a favourable result as they look to build on their impressive home record when they host Dempo SC in an I-League Round-6 encounter at the Shree Shivchhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi on Saturday.

The clash will be an important one for league leaders Pune FC (10 pts) who will look to get a positive result after a narrow 0-1 away loss to Mohun Bagan in the previous round. The result not only ended their 4-match unbeaten run but also allowed other teams in the table to close in the standings and Pune FC will be keen to bounce back to winning ways.

Moreover, with three back-to-back home games line up in this month, the game against Dempo will have added importance as Pune FC hope to make the most of the home advantage. Going into the game, Pune FC will be confident with the past record between the two sides favouring them. For the record, Pune FC has logged six wins compared to Dempo's three in twelve encounters so far.

Nonetheless, the clash against the five-times former champions will not be an easy one given the fact that they are one of only two teams who are still unbeaten in the current league campaign and Pune FC Coach Karim Bencherifa echoes the same sentiment. "Dempo SC are a strong side. The have recruited top young Indian talent and the experienced foreigners in their lineup make them even stronger. The game on Saturday will be a tough one and we need to be at our best," said Coach Bencherifa on the sidelines of a training session at the Pune FC training Pitches in Mamurdi.

Despite boasting the best attack in the league (12 goals), the Pune FC frontline led by Thongkhosiem Haokip, Darko Nikac and Ryuji Sueoka will have their task cut out as they come up against the Dempo defense marshalled by Haroon Amiri and Nirmal Chhetri which has just conceded one goal in four matches.

Nonetheless the team will be confident of their chances given the fact that they have netted eight goals in the two homes games so far. On the team news front, Coach Karim Bencherifa does have majority of the squad at his disposal with no major injury worries although a few changes to the matchday squad are expected.

Speaking about the team, he added, "We had a tough game against Mohun Bagan in the last round. However, the players have moved on and are prepared for the new challenge. We have worked hard during the week and are excited to play at our home once again." On the other hand, Dempo come into the game after a 1-1 draw against Royal Wahingdoh in Shillong. The draw followed a 3-0 win over Sporting Goa at home after playing goalless draws in their opening two games.

Despite being unbeaten in the league so far, Dempo have only scored 4 goals and will be banking on the attacking trio of Tolgay Ozbey, Carlos Hernandes and Alwyn George to fire up front. Joining them will be the likes of Francis Fernandes, Germanpreet Singh and Clifford Miranda who will provide options in the attack as midfielder Lenny Rodrigues is expected to pull strings from the midfield.

While Pune FC have the better overall record against Dempo, the head-2-head tally at the Balewadi Stadium is evenly matched with both teams sharing two wins each in the last five seasons. With Dempo winning the last game between the two sides at Balewadi 3-0, Pune FC will be eager to grab a win to set the record straight.

The match kicks off at 7.00 PM IST on Saturday.

HEAD-2-HEAD

28/04/14  IL  Pune FC 0-3 Dempo SC
27/11/13  IL  Dempo SC 1-1 Pune FC
28/03/13  IL  Pune FC 2-0 Dempo SC
17/12/12  IL  Dempo SC 15 Pune FC
05/02/12  IL  Dempo SC 01 Pune FC
19/11/11  IL  Pune FC 1-3 Dempo SC 
27/05/11  IL  Pune FC 32 Dempo SC
16/01/11  IL  Dempo SC 21 Pune FC
27/05/10  IL  Dempo SC 11 Pune FC 
01/11/09  IL  Pune FC 11 Dempo SC