Prayag United SC go down against Salgaocar SC 0-1 :
• Team dissatisfied with ground condition :
Kolkata, Sep 20 : Prayag United SC go down 0-1 despite present a good football against Salgaocar SC in their first match of the 34th edition of the Federation Cup on Today at the JRD Tata Complex, Jamshedpur, on Thursday.
In an evenly contested match, played at JRD Tata Sports Complex, Salgaocar were under pressure for a major part of the goalless first half.
Prayag United put up a good fight against a strong team and made some menacing moves initially but were off the target on each occasion.
After receiving a pass from the right flank, Prayag's foreign recruit striker Carlos Gerardo H V sent a powerful right-footer from just outside the 18-metre box but goalkeeper Karanjit Singh brilliantly punched it out.
Prayag United SC's coach Sanjoy Sen, started with a traditional 4-4-2 system in which Costa Rica international Carlos Hernandez expectedly led the attack with Nigerian striker Ranti Martins.
Salgaocar put their act together after the break, forward Milagres Gonsalves sent an accurate pass to midfielder Anthony D'Souza, who dribbled past two Prayag United defenders before dodging past goalkeeper Subrata Paul to score in the 64th minute.
Addressing a post-match press conference, Prayag United coach Sanjoy Sen saying that,- "The ground conditions turned worse on Thursday as compared to the opening match. ther should not expect a quality football under the prevailing conditions. however, our team adapted to the prevailing ground condition and dominate major part of the game but at last Salgaocar register a solitary goal win against us"
Meanwhile, another Group- D match at the Keenan stadium, United Sikkim dominated the proceedings initially but Pune FC bounced back into the match to score the winner off forward Jeje Lalpekhlua in the 51st minute.
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