Pailan Arrows tested first defeat in season, Bagan held by ONGC
Pailan Arrows tested first defeat of the season going down 0-2 to Pune FC, and McDowell Mohun Bagan received a fresh jolt at ONGC with 0-0 draw in 5th round of I-League play on Friday.
At Kolkata's Yuba Bharati Krirangan Karma Tsewang slotted home in the 11th minute and Subhash Singh made it two for the visitors in the 46th to earn full three points in the 5th game after back to back defeat to East Bengal and Churchill Brothers with 1-0 identical goal.
Pune's midfield -attack combination of Douhou Pierre and James Moga, technically came superior in the game.
While last year 5th placed Pune FC tested first win after two back back to loss, Pailan Arrows, which had very bad year last season, received first defeat since the Federation Cup championship began last September.
In fact Pailan Arrows had been undefeated for the last 10 matches ever since the team was taken over by the Australian coach Arthur Papas.
The 11th minute goal gave Pune the right initiative and the visitor made the most of it for greater part of the action. The control of the midfield as Douhou and Daisuke set up a good communication in the middle of the park.
The visitors doubled the lead in the first minute after the interval (46th) when Daisuke set up a long floater for an onrushing Subhash Singh, who received it on the right of the Arrows' box and finished it with a diagonal shot.
The win will motivate the side to go for more good results in future, said the Pune FC coach Derek Pereira.
Pune FC tallied 9 points from three wins and two losses while Arrows remained on eight points from two wins, two draws and a loss.
In New Delhi's Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium Mohun Bagan failed to get past ONGC and had to settle for a goalless draw.
Both teams had their chances in the match but failed to convert any.
The result took Mohun Bagan to seven points from five matches while ONGC move to 2 points from five matches.