INDIAN FOOTBALL

Jamshedpur FC 3-2 NorthEast United FC: Super-sub Pandita to the rescue

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Jamshedpur FC left it late to grab a 3-2 win against a resilient NorthEast United FC side at the GMC Athletic, Bambolim. Just when the Highlanders thought they had the game in the bag, the Men of Steel stupefied them with a brilliant comeback.

Deshorn Brown bagged a brace to add to his treble previously. Greg Stewart was all over pitch while Jordan Murray rediscovered his scoring touch. Indian youngster Boris Singh too did get his name on the scoresheet. However, it was Ishan Pandita who has the final say in injury time.

Jamshedpur FC vs NorthEast United FC: The Game

The tie kicked off with the Highlanders grabbing the match by the scruff of the neck. Jamaican forward Deshorn Brown bagged his 5th goal of the season just 5 minutes in. Suhair Vadakkepeedika picked out his colleague with a penetrating pass and Brown was now one-on-one with the keeper. Making no mistake, he coolly slotted home in the bottom left corner an early breakthrough goal. A couple of moments later, Jordan Murray fluffed his lines when his diving header could not find an open goal. Had to done so, it would have been some equalizer.

Just a few minutes after, the referee turned down a penalty appeal when Provat Lakra apparently tripped Greg Stewart in the area. Stewart was afforded another opportunity to smash in an equalizer but Michu was present to deny his left-footed attempt. However, the Jordan Murray finally equalized for his side when he climbed the highest to nod in a Stewart free-kick towards the end of the first period.

The win takes Jamshedpur FC up into 3rd while NorthEast United languish in 10th

The Men of Steel came out of the tunnels with the same energy in the second half. Just 3 seconds after the restart, Murray fired in a venomous attempt from the right side of the box. Michu had to stretch to get a hand to it, denying him once more. In the 56th minute, JFC finally went ahead through young Indian winger Boris Singh. The winger picked up a cut-back from Murray and coolly placed the ball in the back of an empty net.

With 5 minutes added as injury time, Brown netted completed his brace after peeling away from the keeper and dispatching with a composed finish. As just seconds remained, super-sub Ishan Pandita smashed home the winner once again. The striker was sharp as ever and slotted in from close range to secure a crucial 3 points for his side.

Jamshedpur FC will now await the challenge of SC East Bengal at the Athletic Stadium on Tuesday while NorthEast United has a week’s gap before their meeting with FC Goa at the same venue on Friday.

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