Calcutta: For United SC, things are looking extremely dark. If the off-the-field issues have put them in a spot, Sunday’s on-field performance would do nothing but compound those problems. They were on the receiving end again, with Pune FC beating them 2-1 in Sunday’s Airtel I-League tie, at the Kalyani Stadium.
The visitors rode Mustapha Riga’s first half brace that eventually helped them prevail. United SC pulled one back through Syrian Hasan Al Moustafa early in the second session.
What hurt Eelco Schattorie’s men most this season was Ranty Martins’ form. A player of Ranty’s calibre depositing the ball straight to the rival ’keeper during a one-to-one situation has been a rarest of the rare sights, which United SC had to witness. “I’ll wait till our next match on Saturday (against Sporting Clube de Goa). Thereafter, I’ll have to take a decision,” Schattorie said.
Pune FC took the lead in the 12th minute when Riga scored past an advancing Abhijit Das off Dhanapal Ganesh’s through. Riga’s job was made easier by Dhanachandra Singh, who tried to land the Accra-born Dutchman in an offside trap.
Pune FC: Amrinder Singh, Salam Ranjan Singh, Calum Angus, Anas Edathodika, Othallo Tabia, Anthony D’Souza (Velington Rogha, 80), Dhanapal Ganesh (Fanai Lalrempuia, 73), Mumtaz Akhtar (Zohmingliana Ralte, 90), Douhou Pierre, James Meyer, Mustapha Riga
United SC: Abhijit Das, Dhana-chandra Singh (Anupam Sarkar, 25, Baldeep Singh, 90+1), Bello Rasaq, Hasan Al Moustafa, Deepak Mondal, Tapan Maity, Lalkamal Bhowmick, C.K. Vineeth, Souvik Chakr-abarti (Surajit Bose, 66), Eric Brown, Ranty Martins
Referee: Ratheesh Kumar
MoM: Mustapha Riga