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.

The goal appeared to wake Pune FC up, as then Naushad Moosa’s boys started to come more into game with a series a attacks but failed to convert through Farukh Choudhary and Arif Shaik upfront.

Thus the first-half came to a conclusion with United SC leading by a solitary goal.

Pune FC who were hoping to stage a comeback after the change of ends but instead suffered a huge blow when their captain Altamash Sayed got his marching orders from referee Jibon Gogoi in a controversial way following a foul on Provat Lakra in the 49th minute.
Thereafter, a even attacking United SC side increased their lead to 3-0 through 62nd and 76th minute strikes from Azaharuddin Mallick.

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.

 After the match United SC coach Partha Sen said, “It was some special effort put by the boys to beat a strong team like Pune FC with such each, we did expect for a win but a 4-0 win is beyond our expections. However the match against Pune FC is past now, and from a step away lifting the title we only want focus on the job in hand”.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Azaharuddin Mallick (United SC)

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)

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