Calcutta: A good beginning does not always ensure a good day. The youngsters of Pailan Arrows started Friday’s I-League match against Pune FC on an impressive note, playing beautiful, mature football. But it was Pune FC who had the last laugh, winning the game by a comfortable 2-0 margin, at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Karma Tsewang and Subhash Singh were the scorers. To be precise about the match, Pune got two chances of scoring and they converted both. After the match, Arrows’ Australian coach Arthur Papas said that the match would serve as a lesson for his team. It indeed was.
To be fair to the Arrows, nothing is lost as yet. Friday’s loss was their first this season, thus ending their 10-match undefeated run.
The first goal, in the 11th minute, came against the run of play. James Moga won a tackle outside the Arrows’ box and set up Japanese midfielder Nishiguchi Daisuke inside the box. The latter sent a smart pass to Karma, who made no mistake. The goal not only gave Pune the initiative, it also robbed the Arrows of their rhythm.
One expected the Arrows to come regrouped in the second half. But within a minute of the restart, Subhas took advantage of a defensive lapse to make it 2-0 and game-over for the Arrows.
Pune FC: Sahinlal Meloy, Gurjinder Kumar, Anas Edathodika, Srikanth Ramu, Othallo Tabia, Daisuka Nishiguchi (Nikhil Kadam, 89), Arata Izumi, Dohou Pierre, Karma Tsewang, James Moga (Chika Wali, 75), Subhash Singh (Jeje Lalpekhlua, 83)
Pailan Arrows: Soram Poirei Anganba, Narayan das, Prabir das, Deepak Devrani, Pritam Kotal (Avinabo Bag, 77), Shouvik Ghosh, Milan Singh (Malsawm Fela, 13), Pronay Halder, Rajinder Kumar (Tirthankar Sarkar, 54), Alwyn George, Holicharan Narzary
Referee: Rabi Chandra
MoM: Subhash Singh