This is the second victory in total for the Men of Steel in the competition.
The young boys of Jamshedpur FC (JFC) registered their first win of the ongoing 131st IndianOil Durand Cup, thanks to an 84th minute strike by substitute and Man of the Match Tapan Halder, in a Group A encounter against FC Goa (FCG), here at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK). JFC were deserving winners, dominating proceedings, particularly in the first half and also missed a penalty, but got their result in the end.
Jamshedpur FC were definitely the more enterprising of the two teams in the first-half with Vinil Poojary leading the attack with some wonderful darting runs from the right.
From one such move in the 20th minute, Vinil squared to Keisan, whose dummy found Lalruatmawia in the clear inside the box on the left. The diminutive attacking winger let fly a crisp right footer which was headed towards goal but Goa keeper Hrithik Tiwari brought off a crucial save.
JFC kept having the edge in the half but it remained goalless going into the break.
Super sub Tapan
The second half began on a more even keen with Goa also finding their strappings. JFC coach Carlos Santamarina realized something needed to be done and effected a double change, bringing in Lenin Singh and Tapan Halder in the 53rd minute, in place of Kamlesh Singh Bisht and Nikhil Barla. In the 66th he replaced Keisan Singh with Sorokhaibam Meitei.
The changes began to pay dividends as in the 70th minute, Ruatmawia was deemed to have been brought down in the box and referee Srikrishna pointed to the spot. Vinil Poojary’s kick was at a comfortable height headed towards the right corner of the FCG goal, but Hrithik guessed right and brought off a comfortable save in the end to deny JFC.
Goa had a golden chance to go ahead in the 75th minute of the game, when Nemil found Phrangki Buam with a wonderful through from midfield. It was one on one, but keeper Mohit Dhami came out in time making himself big and Buam struck the keeper from close.
Nemil then tried one from outside the box with his favoured left-foot after creating some space, but it was way-off target.
JFC finally broke the deadlock when Phijam Vikash Singh aimed at Tapan with a cross from the left. The JFC number 10, won the ball ahead of his marker, took a touch forward and beat the keeper with his placement. Hrithik did get a heavy touch to the ball, but in trickled in between his outstreatched legs. 84’ lovely cross from 61, no 10 scores
FCG gaffer Deggie Cardozo took out Nemil and brought on number 11 Davis Fernandes in the dying minutes in a final effort to salvage the game, but JFC were not to be denied on the day.
Both JFC and FCG have three points with one final game to go in the group for them.
Matchday 12 of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup on Saturday, will see last year’s runner-up Mohammedan Sporting take on the Indian Air Force at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. In the day’s second game in Guwahati’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, NorthEast United FC are up against the Kerala Blasters.
Next games of FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC
FC Goa play their final group game against Bengaluru FC at the VYBK on August 30, 2022, while JFC also round up their group engagements at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan on September 01, 2022.
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