Kolkata: Local challengers Prayag United SC came out of their streak of draws in style with a sound 5-1 thrashing of Pune FC in their fourth round I-League fixture at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Saturday.
Pune FC missed their goalkeeper Subrata Paul sorely as United SC`s Brazilian forward Joshimar D`Silva Martins fired a hattrick (17`, 55` and 80`) in the six-goal thriller.
Lalkamal Bhowmick (6`) and Kiwi Kayne Vincent (77`) completed the rout for United SC, while Pune FC scored their only goal through Japanese recruit Izumi Arata (29`).
United SC now have six points from four matches, while Pune FC have five from four matches. The Durand Cup runners-up took an early lead when captain Lalkamal struck with a fine right-footer beating Pune FC goalkeeper Shahinlal Meloly.
Joshimar opened his account when Vincent`s short pass beat two Pune defenders before the Brazilian scored a beautiful goal to give the local side a 2-0 lead.
Pune FC brought one back when Arata scored from a long ranger.
But the local outfit added one more when Joshimar struck his second beating Meloly once again before lobbing the ball over in an open net.