Kolkata: Luck once again favoured Salgaocar FC as they beat Pune FC 1-0 to log successive wins in the final round of the U18 I-League 2015-16 here on Friday morning.
The all important goal came through Liston Colaco in the 8th minute, that ultimately proved to be decisive in the evenlly contested Group-B fixture played at the East Bengal Ground in Kolkata.
Pune FC began the game in attacking mode and created the first close chance in the 3rd minute. Striker Ashique Kuruniyan did well to cut in past a couple of defenders from the left but his powerful drive sailed inches over the horizontal.
While Pune FC pressed high up, opponents Salgaocar managed to take the lead against the run of the play at the other end. Attacker Liston Colaco capitalised on a defensive error to beat Pune FC custodian Anuj Kumar from close range in the 8th minute.
Having conceded early on, Pune FC began attacking with intensity through Dimple Bhagat, Lalawmpuia, Chesterpaul Lyngdoh and Ashique, but rivals Salgaocar managed to hold on defending deep as the first half ended 1-0.
The second half was a similar story as Pune FC dominated majority of the proceedings looking for the equaliser and almost camped in the rival half. While they pushed up front, close chances fell for attackers Ashique, Sannik Murmu and Lalawmpuia but the trio lacked killer finish in the final third.
Towards the end of the game, Pune FC went agonisingly close through Chesterpaul Lyngdoh but the diminutive winger was denied as the game ended 1-0.
Pune FC now plays Aizawl FC in the second round on Sunday, 31st January, 2016 at the East Bengal Ground while Salgaocar will face the same opponent on 2nd February.