Hindustan FC held to goalless draw by Pune City Reserves
The Delhi club sit atop of Group A with 16 points.
It was a goalless draw when Hindustan FC hosted Pune City Reserves at Ambedkar Stadium in an I-League Second Division match played earlier today. Both of the teams showed their tremendous mode of play but failed to score at the end of ninety minutes.
Hindustan had three changes to their side which had a drawn against Real Kashmir in the previous fixture as their coach included Pawan Kumar Joshi, Ashutosh Thapliyal and Mithun Samonto (GK) in the team. Whereas, FC Pune City Reserves gave chances to Ashish Rai, Sajid Hossain and Lalramzauva.
At the beginning of the first half, FC Pune City midfielder Abhishek Halder tried to score for his side with his low cross but Hindustan keeper Mithun collected the ball nicely. Few minutes after, Rai threatened to score, but sent the ball wide.
Hindustan also came close for scoring in the 8th minute when captain Pushpender Kundu found Kushant Chauhan with his low cross. but the forward’s header failed to find the target. Hindustan could have taken the lead in the last minutes of the first-half when Ashutosh found Khushant with yet another cross, but he failed to score. At the end of first half, score stood intact with not a single goal on either side.
The second half of the game saw both of the teams roaring for the lead. In the early minutes, Hindustan keeper Mithun saved an amazing shot by the Pune City striker, hurting himself in the face in the process. Pune City could have taken the lead a few minutes later with a free-kick, but it was amazingly collected by opposition keeper Mithun Samonto.
Both the teams failed to score any goal in their favour and at the completion of ninety minutes, the score stood at 0-0. Going off the pitch after sharing a point each, both the teams remain unbeaten in the group so far.
Hindustan will be playing their next match with Delhi Dynamos on 1st May whereas FC Pune City Reserves will be seeing Delhi United the following day.
Published: Fri Apr 27, 2018 08:25 PM IST