INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Royal Wahindoh beat Pune FC 2-0 at home match
29.03.2015 : ROYAL WAHINDOH -- 2-0
ROL : Jackiechand Sing 62', 68'
ROH : Prem, Reagan, Kima, zuala, Bekay Bawar, Densill, Govin, Godwin, Jackie, Kim Song, L'sanga.
PFC : Arup Debnath, Y.Raju, Sobrosa, Gonsalves, Arata, Edgar, Ishfaq, Anas, Ganesh, Shoaib, Hmar.
PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC went down fighting 0-2 to Royal Wahingdoh FC in an I-League Round-13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday. A brace from striker Jackichand Singh (38th & 68th minute) handed Pune FC their second loss of the season. The defeat also meant Pune FC dropped down to the fourth place in the table with 16 points in ten games behind Royal Wahingdoh (17 pts) who moved up to third with the win.
Going into the game, Coach Karim Bencherifa made two changes in the squad handing starts to midfielder Lalramluaha Hmar and striker Shoaib Syed. It was the hosts Royal Wahingdoh who first went close in the second minute. After playmaker Bekay Bewar was fouled just outside the box by the Pune FC defense, midfielder Lalmangaihsanga's effort on the freekick came off the crossbar.
Having soaked pressure early on, Pune FC settled in and began pushing up more. Attacker Ishfaq Ahmed playing wide on the left went solo on a couple of occasions but couldn't penetrate through the Wahingdoh defense. At the other end, Wahingdoh went close twice through Jackichand but the striker fired wide from close range.
Midway through the half, Pune FC had another chance. Medio Arata Izumi dispossessed an opponent in the Pune FC half and fed a long ball to Shoaib on the right flank. The young striker controlled and lobbed the ball for Ishfaq clear on the run towards the box. However, the onrushing keeper managed to intercept just in time to keep Pune FC at bay. Pune FC created a few more close chances, but were falling short of getting into the rival box. Meanwhile, Arup Debnath produced a wonderful save in the 37th minute to deny Kim Song Yong from close range after Jackichand did well to set him up from the left.
A minute later, the hosts took the lead after some good work by Jackichand. Winger Lalmangaihsanga cut in a low ball from the left to Jackichand, who with his first touch beat the defense and fired a low left-footer past Arup at the far post. Pune FC had a couple of half chances but couldn't make them count and went into the breather trailing 0-1. At the start of the second half, Coach Bencherifa brought in Prakash Thorat and Lalrempuia Fanai in place of Shoaib and Lalramluaha Hmar to add more firepower upfront.
Beginning to dominate possession, Pune FC attacked with intent and went close a couple of times in the opening minutes thanks to some pressure from the substitutes down either flank.As the game progressed, Pune FC continued to push up but once again lacked the killer ball in the final third. Meanwhile, the hosts doubled their advantage in the 68th minute. Jackichand capitalised on a defensive lapse from the Pune FC backline and ran clear towards the goal on a through pass. With a couple of defenders chasing, the striker did well to slide the ball past an advanced Arup to complete his brace.
The hosts almost tripled their lead a minute later. Getting into the clear on the edge of the box, Beekay Bewar fired a low shot which Arup brilliantly kept away with a diving save. Pune FC didn't back down and kept pushing ahead and had a chance in the 80th minute. After an attack from the right was cleared, the ball fell for Dhanpal Ganesh down the middle and he fired a left-footer which went agonisingly over.
Both sides had a few half-chances in the final ten minutes but Wahingdoh managed to hold on for a 2-0 win.
FT : Royal Wahindoh win home match against Pune FC by 2-0.
90': Royal Wahindoh is leading 2-0.
68': GOALLLLLLL : 2-0 scored for Royal.2nd individual score of Jackiechand singh.
62': ROYAL IS LEADING 1-0.
39': GOALLLLLLL : Jackiechand Singh scored for Royal.
25': STILL SCORE LINE is 0-0
PFC PRESS RELEASE : Pune FC will look to maintain their hundred per cent record against Royal Wahingdoh when they face the north-east side in an I-League Round-13 encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday.
Playing their second away game in a row, third-placed Pune FC (16 points) will also be eager to close the gap at the top of the table and a win on Sunday will be key as the league enters the final two months. Similarly, fourth-placed Royal Wahingdoh (14 pts) too hope for a positive result to climb up the standings.
Facing the Shillong-based side exactly a month after the first-leg clash at the Balewadi Stadium, Pune FC will be hoping to match and improve on the 1-0 win logged that night. However, the game being played at a much higher altitude won't be an easy one for Pune FC who played their last game in Mumbai at sea-level. The cold conditions in Shillong will definitely make a difference and Coach Karim Bencherifa wants his side to be prepared.
Nonetheless, having arrived in the Meghalaya capital on Thursday, Pune FC has completed a couple of sessions to acclimatise with the surroundings. Speaking about the game on sidelines of the session, Pune FC Coach Karim Bencherifa said, "The change in conditions is part and parcel of the I-League. We have to adjust with that. But the game will be a tough one not only because of the weather but also because of the quality of the opposition."
He further added, "We haven't played many games with the full squad at our disposal. We have missed players to injuries and national camp. But we have to overcome these situations, and tomorrow I am really looking forward to the young players in our squad to step in and take their chance."
The last time both sides faced off, Pune FC came out on top on a rain soaked chilly night at home. The conditions might be something similar on Sunday with rains being forecasted throughout the weekend. On the team news front, Pune FC have travelled with almost the same team that faced Mumbai FC a week ago making just one change. While Darko Nikac misses out having suffered an ankle injury, influential midfielder Ryuji Sueoka returns to the Pune FC line up.
Meanwhile, Pune FC will continue to miss the trio of Amrinder Singh, Thongkhosiem Haokip and Nikhil Kadam who are all away on national team duty. On the other hand, Royal Wahingdoh come into the game on the back of mixed results. Having suffered back-to-back losses before going into the international break, they resumed action with a 1-1 draw against Bharat FC at home.
The Santosh Kashyap-led side will depend heavily on their overseas contingent of Densill Theobald, Kim Song Yong and Bekay Bewar to lead from the front. Meanwhile, the likes of Jackichand Singh and Godwin Franco will add to the experience in the team
The hosts will be missing services of defender Loveday Okechukwu who serves a one game ban for receiving four bookings. Both sides have faced just one time in the past with Pune FC coming out with a 1-0 victory at the Balewadi Stadium last month. Going into the game on Sunday, Pune FC will be keen to build on this clean record against Royal Wahingdoh.
29.03.2015 : ROYAL WAHINDOH -- 2-0-- PUNE FC (FT)