Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Boima Karpeh ’23)
Pune FC 2 (Bineesh Balan ’20, Ryuji Sueoka ’62)
Pune FC scraped past Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 in the Semi-finals of the 127th edition of the Durand Cup at Raia Panchayat ground, on Thursday. The match was tied 1-1 at the interval.
Pune FC took a shock lead in the 20th minute when the ball was crossed from the right flank to Bineesh Balan who took one of his trade mark strikes to silence the large home crowd.
It did not take long for Sporting Goa to find a way back into the game when Captain Boima Karpeh timed his run to perfection to beat the Pune offside trap and equalize for the Flaming Oranje.
The second session was equally as exciting and there were fantastic chances at both ends. Pune took their opportunity when they won a free kick on the edge of the box and Ryuji Sueoka curled the ball into the back of the net to regain the lead for his side.
In the closing stages, Sporting Goa had a wonderful moment to level when substitute Victorino Fernandes was sent sprawling to the ground in the box. Anthony Wolfe stepped up for the Flaming Oranje but his spot kick was heroically saved by the Pune custodian.
Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Joyner Lourenco, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza, Cajetan Fernandes, Mauvin Borges, Boima Karpeh (c), Anthony Wolfe, Cresson Antao, Velito Cruz
Yellow Cards: (Anthony Wolfe ‘9, Boima Karpeh ’56, Clemente Joseph ‘61)
Substitutions: (Beevan D’Mello in/ Royston D’Souza out ’66), (Victorino in/ Mauvin Borges out ’71), (Jovel Martins in/ Velito Cruz ’80)
Subs on bench: Ravi Kumar (gk), Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victorino Fernandes, Beevan D’Mello, Rojen Singh, Sumeet Passi
Pune FC: Luciano Sabrosa, Mathew Gonsalves, Amrinder (gk), Bineesh Balan, Arata Izumi (c), Sueoka Ryuji, Ganesh Dhanpal, Prakash Thorat, Salam Ranjan Singh, Srikanth Ramu, Fanai Lalrempuia,
Yellow cards: (Ganesh Dhanpal ‘6, Bineesh Balan ’66)
Substitutions: (Zhomingliana Ralte in/ Srikanth Ramu out ’55), (Mumtaz Akhtar in/ Fanai Lalrempuia out ’87), (Eric Brown in/ Sueoka Ryuji out ‘90+5)
Subs on bench: Shoaib Syed, Moniruzzman Anasari (gk), Eric Brown, Zhomingliana Ralte, Arup Debnath (gk), Mumtaz Akhtar, Haokip Thongkhosiem