Mumbai : Arif Shaikh struck twice as Pune FC topped the Maharashtra Zone with a comfortable 5-2 win over Kenkre FC in an U-19 I-League round 8 encounter at the Cooperage Ground, here on Tuesday.
The three points earned meant Pune FC took their tally to 19 points at the end of the zonal round and took the top spot from DSK Shivajians (19 pts), thanks to a better goal difference.
The result also extended Pune FC’s unbeaten run to six games. It also continues the unbeaten run in away games, with the team securing four back-to-back wins, making it a one hundred per cent away record.
Prakash Sarkar (9th minute), Shaikh (23rd & 88th), Akshay Pashilkar (41st) and Farukh Choudhary (43rd) scored for Pune, while Kenkre FC reduced the margin of defeat with the help of Yash Mhatre (19th, 46th minute), who pulled two goals back in each half of the game.
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