New Delhi: Pune FC snapped ONGC's winning streak at the the Ambedkar stadium with a solitary win in a 24th Round I-League clash on Sunday.
James Moga scored the all-important goal in the added time of the first half. The South Sudanese striker volleyed home after being fed by Douhou Pierre who cut past two defenders to thread the pass.
Pune FC are now in third spot in the league standings with 40 points from 22 matches.
This was ONGC's first loss in their own den since Santosh Kashyap took over the reins last year in November. It leaves them to ninth spot with 30 points from 24 matches.
Pune FC had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the first minute itself. But Eric Brown saved the hosts the blushes with his goal-line clearance off a Moga effort.
The visitors had the better of the exchanges from then on with Izumi Arata playing the role of a schemer to perfection. The India International was all around the park creating goalmouth chances aplenty for Moga and Douhou Pierre. One such move saw Pierre in the clear but his shot sailed over the bar.
ONGC were uncharacteristically off colour at home. Their key player Japanese playmaker Yusa Katsumi failed to find his feet and his colleagues up front lacked purpose too.
Pune FC coach Derrick Pererira was satisfied with the openings created by his team but felt they should have won by a bigger margin by utilising the chances that came their way. He said the heat affected the team's performance.