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I-League: Prayag demolish Pune FC

Prayag United SC

Prayag United SC

Prayag United SC have finally secured their first three points of the season. The Kolkata team demolished Pune FC 5-1 at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.

Prayag United grabbed the lead through a spectacular shot by Lal Kamal Bhowmick in the 5th minute. The inspirational skipper drove a screamer from outside the penalty box beating Pune FC custodian Shahinlal Meloly. The move that began from a United throw in, put the hosts up by one goal. The opening goal did not slow down United’s momentum, they added a second through Josimar’s brilliant individual effort in the 16th minute. The Brazilian deft touches were enough to leave Pune’s defenders down and dusted, slotting it at the back of the net.

Prayag being in the driving seat seemed to be running away in this fixture, only for the Red Lizards from Pune to pull one back through an Arata strike from distance. At the halfway mark, the hosts were leading by a single goal. At the start of the second half, both teams came out with full intent.

However, in the 55th minute, United increased their lead to 3-1. Josimar in a one on one situation lobbed the ball over the Pune goal keeper to score his second. Kayne Vincent (77th min) put Prayag out of sight, adding a fourth. Three minutes later Josimar scored his hat trick, beating the goal keeper and finishing any hopes of a Pune FC return.

(AIFF Press Release)