Administrator's Challenge Cup 2015

Defending champions Pune FC announce 18-member squad for Administrator’s Challenge Cup, Chandigarh.

PFC Press Release - 22.09.2015 : Defending champions Pune FC Under-17s have named an 18-member squad for the upcoming 13th Administrator’s Challenge Cup All India Football Tournament which kicks off at Chandigarh on Tuesday, 22nd September. The squad includes two players from the city, namely Cladeo Nongpluh and Joel Lalremruata of Spicer Memorial High School.

The tournament will be Pune FC Under-17’s first at the national level this season and the new-look squad will hope to match their heroics from last year. Moreover, going into the competition after playing two local tournaments, Pune FC will be confident of their chances.

Speaking on the eve of the team’s departure, Pune FC Under-17 Coach Rakesh Walhekar said, “The team is very excited ahead of this competition. Playing an outstation tournament is always important and it will be a good exposure for our boys.”

He further added, “Being the defending champions, the organisers and the local supporters will have added expectations from us and we hope to put up a good show.” Last year, Pune FC romped to the title after winning five successive games while scoring 23 goals. In the process, they made history by winning their first-ever outstation tournament in the very first attempt.

The 18-member squad, which carries forward four players from the 2014 Championship winning side in playmaker Omega Vanlalhruiatluanga, defenders Asish Rai and Kiran Sarvanan along with Cladeo, left Pune on Sunday, 20th September.

The Team Goalkeepers: Ummed Nat, Deepak Saravanan

Defenders: Asish Rai, Kiran Saravanan, Sahil Panwar, Hendry A, Jatinder Kumar, Tapas Pal

Midfielders: Omega Vanlalhruaitluanga, Muirang Wungngayam, Lalrinawma, Joel Lalremruata, Sachin K, Buanthanglun Samte, Omkardeep Singh, Cladeo Nongpluh

Strikers: Lugunlal Haokip, Lalawmpuia

Officials: Rakesh Walhekar (Coach), Ranjit Das

Administrator's Challenge Cup 2015

Pune FC Under-17s clinch second successive title

Pune FC Under-17s clinch second successive title; down Chandigarh FA 3-1 in the final

PFC PRESS RELEASE 30.09.2015 : Defending Champions Pune FC Under-17s showed their class in coming from a goal down to defeat home-side Chandigarh Football Academy 3-1 in the showpiece final and retained their 13th Administrator’s Challenge Cup title at the Sector-17 Football Ground in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

For the second consecutive season, Pune FC romped to the title with an all win record after five successive victories and have taken their tally to ten wins in ten games in the competition.

In the big game, Pune FC fought back with goals from winger Buanthanglun Samte (45+1st and 49th minute) and striker Lalawmpuia (76th) after going a goal down early on to clinch their second successive championship at the national level.

Just like in the semifinals, Pune FC began the game on the backfoot after Chandigarh FA took the lead in the 8th minute following a defensive lapse.

However, Pune FC didn’t give up and kept pushing forward before finally pulling level in the first half injury time. In-form winger Buanthanglun scored from close range to level the scores going into the breather.

Having scored just before the break, Pune FC began the second half confidently and attacked the rival goal with intent. Their efforts paid off and Buanthanglun put Pune FC in the lead scoring in the four minutes after restart.

The dominance continued and striker Lalawmpuia then rounded off the win with a neat effort in the 76th minute. With that strike, the youngster took his tally to ten goals in just five games and finished as the only player to notch double figures.

Defending champs Pune FC Under-17s book their place in the final; down Mahilpur FA 2-1 in a thriller.

PFC PRESS RELEASE 28.09.2015 :Defending champions Pune FC Under-17s fought back from a goal down to beat Mahilpur Football Academy 2-1 and seal their place in the big final of the 13th Administrator’s Challenge Cup at the Sector-17 Football Ground in Chandigarh on Monday.

Second half goals from medio Sachin K (49th minute) and skipper Muirang Wungngayam (60th) cancelled Jagpreet Singh’s (6th) first half opener for Mahilpur FA and helped Pune FC qualify for their second successive final in the competition.

The game, a rematch of last year's final, saw both sides attack with intent, but it was Mahilpur FA who took the lead early on in the first half. After keeper Pune FC Deepak Saravanan blocked a shot from an attacker, Jagpreet capitalised and smashed home the rebound to put the local side up in the sixth minute.

Trailing by a goal going into the breather, Pune FC began the second half in an all-out attack mode. Their efforts paid off soon as first Sachin pulled level four minutes after the restart. The midfielder tapped home a rebound after striker Lalawmpuia had his freekick blocked by the keeper.

Eleven minutes later, Muirang sealed the comeback win with a stunning goal. The youngster scored with a thunderous freekick from 45-yards out which went through the helpless Mahilpur custodian’s hand. Pune FC will now face Chandigarh Football Academy in the big final on Wednesday, September 30th.

Defending champs Pune FC Under-17s move into semis; down Chandigarh Football Association 3-0

PFC PRESS RELEASE 26.09.2015 : Defending champions Pune FC Under-17s booked their place in the semifinals of the 13th Administrator’s Challenge Cup after a 3-0 victory over home side Chandigarh Football Association at the Sector-42 Football Ground in Chandigarh on Saturday.

A brace from winger Buanthanglun Samte (20th & 34th minute) and a goal from medio Muirang W (38th) handed Pune FC their third consecutive win. The result also meant Pune FC topped Group-B with nine points and qualified for the last-4.

Dominating proceedings from the word go, Pune FC struck first in the 20th minute when winger Samte scored with a brilliant attempt on Omega Vanlalhruiatluanga’s pass. The winger then doubled the lead capitalizing on the rebound from striker Lalawmpuia’s shot which was blocked by the keeper in the 34th minute.

Midfielder Muirang completed the scoring four minutes later with a long-range effort after Omega’s corner kick was cleared to seal a 3-0 win in the first half itself.

Pune FC will now face the winner from Group-C in the semifinal clash on Monday, September 28th.

Administrator’s Challenge Cup: Defending champs Pune FC Under-17s log successive wins; thump Ozone Academy 7-0

PFC PRESS RELEASE - 25.09.2015 : Defending champions Pune FC Under-17s logged their second win-in-a-row hammering Bengaluru’s Ozone Group Football Academy 7-0 in the second round of the 13th Administrator’s Challenge Cup at the Sector-42 Football Ground in Chandigarh on Thursday.

The big win was powered by four goals from striker Lalawmpuia (27th, 43rd, 54th & 65th minute) along with strikes from attacker Cladeo Nonglpluh (33rd), winger Lalrinawma (78th) and defender Asish Rai (85th).

Playing their second game in as many days, Pune FC built on their impressive 9-1 win in the opener against Gujarat State FA and struck thrice in the first half itself through Lalawmpuia (two goals) and Pune-lad Cladeo Nongpluh.

The second half saw Lalawmpuia once again strike twice to take his tally to 9 goals in the competition. The in-form striker reached the tally in just two games after his five-goal heroics in the opener.

Meanwhile, winger Lalrinawma and defender Asish Rai scored their first goals of the competition in the final quarter to round off the resounding 7-0 win.

Defending champs Pune FC Under-17s hammer Gujarat State FA 9-1 in the opener.

Administrator's Challenge Cup 2015 chandigarh 24.09.2015 _ PFC News Release : Defending champions Pune FC Under-17s opened their campaign in the 13th Administrator’s Challenge Cup with a massive 9-1 win over Gujarat State Football Association at the Sector-17 Football Ground in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

The big win was powered by five goals from striker Lalawmpuia (14th, 30th, 36th, 56th & 61st minute) who was supported well by playmaker Omega Vanlalhruiatluanga (33rd & 35th), Sachin K (25th) and Buanthanglun Samte (76th) after Pune FC conceded in the 12th minute.

Playing their third tournament of the season, Pune FC got off to a poor start after conceding in the 12th minute due to a defensive lapse. However, they bounced back quickly and pulled level around the quarter hour mark as Lalawmpuia smashed into the top-right corner.

Ten minutes later, medio Sachin doubled the lead after a good move down the right before Lalawmpuia made it three at the half hour mark. Into the final ten minutes of the half, Pune FC struck three more times beginning with playmaker Omega’s brace after to some good work by Lalawmpuia and Lalrinawma. Striker Lalawmpuia then made it a tennis scoreline when he fired home a rebound off Buanthanglun’s shot in the 36th minute.

Pune FC took their massive six-goal-lead into the breather.

The second half was a similar story as Pune FC continued to dominate proceedings. However, with GSFA defending deep to avoid further damage, Pune FC had to wait until the 56th minute to increase their lead. Once again it was Lalawmpuia who tormented the rival defense with a great solo run before finishing it past the helpless goalkeeper.

Five minutes later, the youngster scored his fifth before Buanthanglun netted in the 76th minute to round off the scoring.

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