Valskis scored a brace, and both the goals were assisted by Stewart.
FC Goa locked horns with Jamshedpur FC in their first home game of the Indian Super League (ISL) season at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Friday. The match saw the Men of Steel bagging their first win of the season. At full-time, the scoresheet read 3-1 in favour of Owen Coyle and Co, courtesy of a brace from Nerijus Valskis and a sweet strike by Jordan Murray. The consolation goal for FC Goa came from Airam Cabrera, who struck from just outside the six-yard box late in the game.
This was the Gaurs’ second defeat of the season and they’ll now continue to remain at the bottom of the points table. Let’s take a look at how each of the players from both Jamshedpur FC and FC Goa performed in the match:
FC Goa (by Sattyik Sarkar)
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem- 7.0
Was kept busy in the first half, but performed pretty well. The second half however, saw the lad concede three goals.
Sanson Pereira- 6.0
Was good at times. Definitely better than the previous match.
Aibanbha Dohling- 7.0
Perhaps the best defender on the night. Though the team conceded two goals, his performance was astounding in the first half. Committed a mistake late in the match, resulting in a goal from Jordan Murray.
Ivan Gonzalez- 6.0
Wasn’t at his best. Failed to live up to his expectations.
Seriton Fernandes- 6.0
Started for the first time this season. Failed to create a proper impact.
Edu Bedia- 7.0
Performed brilliantly in front of the defensive third. A volley from him unluckily kissed the crossbar and kept FC Goa away from opening their scoring in the ISL.
Glan Martins- 6.0
Recovered some balls during the game. Committed some unexpected mistakes, which could have led to something worse.
Alexander Romario Jesuraj- 6.0
His performance wasn’t convincing enough in midfield. Failed to operate in style on the right flank. At times shifted to the middle of the park and was able to recover a few balls from the opposition.
Alberto Noguera- 7.5
Was the best player in the FC Goa midfield. Delivered some good passes and through balls.
Jorge Ortiz Mendoza- 6.5
First start for Ortiz this season. Made some runs down the left flank. Took a few glances at goal, but failed to yield a proper result. Created the goal-scoring chance for Airam Cabrera.
Devendra Murgaonkar- 5.0
It was hard to find him on the pitch. Hardly created any impact with his presence.
Came on in the second half. His misplaced header led to the Gaurs conceding their third goal of the evening.
Airam Cabrera- 7.0
Tried to win a penalty and also missed a chance which could have brought the Gaurs back into the game. Also went on to score his debut goal for FC Goa.
Makan Winkle Chothe- 4.5
Came on in place of Alexander Romario Jesuraj. Didn’t see much of the ball.
Nongdamba Naorem- 5.0
Tried some trickery, but not convincing enough.
Jamshedpur FC (by Shivam Tiwari)
TP Rehenesh- 5.0
Rehneesh wasn’t called much into action by the Goan forwards. However, he did make things difficult for himself with his poor handling in the second half.
Laldinliana Renthlei- 6.0
Renthlei was rock-solid for Jamshedpur as the right-back. He was constantly involved in duels with Jorge Ortiz and managed to keep him quiet for most of the game.
Narender Gahlot- 4.0
The Indian international had a tough outing. Narender should have done more to block the shot of Airan Cabrera for Goa’s goal. His foul that earned him the booking was unnecessary and reckless.
Peter Hartley- 7.0
Hartley made a couple of crucial interventions at the initial stages of the game. He also made a tactical foul to prevent FC Goa from taking advantage of a wide-open Jamshedpur defence.
Ricky Lallawmawma- 5.0
He struggled with the high press of FC Goa initially, giving away corner-kicks twice in the first 15 minutes. Ricky constantly made sure that Jitendra had someone to bail him out in the midfield, defensively.
Komal Thatal- 6.0
He was very active on the right flank in the early minutes. Komal also scored a goal that was ruled offside. He danced past Seriton on multiple occasions, but his final balls were poor. He faded away in the second half.
Seiminlen Doungel- 7.0
He missed what could have been the ice-breaker. Doungel’s runs were crucial, as he acted as an outlet for the Men of Steel on the right side.
Jitendra Singh- 7.0
Jitendra made a lot of crucial challenges in midfield for Jamshedpur. His combinations with Greg Stewart on the right side of the pitch created multiple opportunities for the team.
Alex Lima- 6.0
The Brazilian midfielder, like Jitendra, was constantly getting run over by the FC Goa midfield. He failed to dictate the game like was expected of him.
Nerijus Valskis- 9.0
The Lithuanian scored twice to hand Jamshedpur three points. He was also involved in a lot of link-up play with Thatal on the left. He provided a great pass to Doungel, only for the winger to miss it.
Greg Stewart- 8.0
The Scottish attacking midfielder provided the assist for both the goals of Jamshedpur. He also provided much-needed physical strength in midfield.
Jordan Murray- 7.0
Murray came on to score from his first touch after stealing the ball from a slow Goa defence.
Boris Singh- 4.0
Boris came on as Komal Thatal was getting ineffective on the left in the second half. However, he was just as ineffective and failed to make an impact.
Ritwik Das- N/A
Ritwik had no touches as he played the final five minutes of the game.