AWES Cup: Pune City defeated FC Bardez 1-0 to reach the Semi-Finals
FC Pune City edge past to a 1-0 victory over FC Bardez to confirm their place in the semi-finals of the 1st AWES Cup, organized by Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons and Dempo Sports Club Juniors, at Duler Football Stadium, Mapusa, on Monday.
Gani Nigams 20th minute header was the essential difference between the two teams. FC Pune City, however, had a tough time keeping up with their lead as coach Armando Colacos men showcased some brilliant team performance.
FC Bardez needed a win to qualify for the semi-finals due to their inferior goal difference. They had won their opening round clash 3-0 while Pune City defeated Dempo Juniors 5-0. Bardez started positively and had only themselves to blame for not surging ahead.
During the early minutes, Floyd Fernandes almost gave his team lead when he hit the post and off a brilliant pass by Caitano Viegas.
Jessel Carneiro also looked dangerous when his left-footed curling free-kick almost saw Shubham Dessai score but was a bit slow to react to the opportunity.
Another cross from Shubham from the right saw Jessel moving in for a header but Bardez captain to hit the target.
FC Pune City finally got their break through In the 22nd minute when Ashique Kurniyans excellent cross met Nigam who made no mistake in heading the ball past the keeper.
FC Pune City will now meet Dempo Sports Club in the first semi-final on Thursday.
FC Pune City qualify for the semis defeating FC Bardez