Kolkata: U-19 United SC rode on Azaharuddin Mallick’s hattrick to prevail over U-19 Pune FC 4-0 in the semifinal of ongoing IFA Shield (U-19) 2014-15 at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium in Kolkata here on Tuesday (26th May) afternoon.
In a dominant display of passing football, Azaharuddin Mallick netted a hattrick for United SC while the other goal came through Sk. Azaruddin.
Pune FC made a bright start, putting the United SC defence completely on the backfoot junior red lizards enjoyed more of prossessions in the first quarter of the match, however surviving some early pressure United SC gradully gained controal over the proceedings, were rewarded in the 32nd minute when Azaharuddin Mallick scored from a conuter attack to put his team 1-0 up.
Thus the first-half came to a conclusion with United SC leading by a solitary goal.
Though a 10-man Pune FC kept pressing hoping for a miracle comeback but the United SC thwarted them each time when they tried to construct a move.
In the 83rd minute Sk. Azaruddin who came from bench put the final in the coffin courtesy some slpppy work from Tanmay Bhattacharjee under the bar for Pune FC.
Elsewhere, in other semi-final played at the East Bengal Club Ground, U-19 East Bengal edge past U-19 Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-1.
It was Mohammedan who took the lead through a penalty converted by Sanu Hazra in the 18th minute, only for Enjamul Hoque to restore the parity for East Bengal in the 49th minute and a 53rd minute strike from Ankit Mukherjee settled the issue for East Bengal.
East Bengal and United SC will lock horns in the final on Sunday at Barasat Stadium.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Rudrajit Majumdar (Mohammedan SC)