Calcutta / Pune: CK Vineeth pumped in three goals in the space of 11 minutes to complete a hat-trick as Prayag United SC thrashed hosts Air India 4-1 in the Round 19 match of the I-League at the Balewadi Stadium in Pune on Saturday.
Midfielder Vineeth played upfront for most part of the match and chanced on every ball sent to him to leave Air India defence in tatters on a balmy day when the home team missed one penalty through Elijah Junior before he scored a consolation goal, again through a spot kick.
I-League top scorer Ranti Martins opened the account for Prayag United in the 30th minute before Vineet fired three in quick succession in a show of total dominance on the turf where they had lost to Mumbai FC only a fortnight ago.
The win improved Prayag United’s tally to 30 points from 19 matches, tied with Pune FC, who would be facing Salgaocar SC later on Saturday evening. Air India stay at No. 11 with 15 points from 16 matches.