Jamshedpur came away from the fifth edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) unbeaten, but since their opening win against Mumbai have failed to win any more and on Monday were held to a 2-2 draw by Kerala Blasters at the JRD Tata Sports Complex
It started well for the homeside with Tim Cahill opening his account with this edition’s fastest-ever goal in the 3rd minute, after a corner from which Cidoncha put in an outswinging delivery and Cahill moved away from his his marker to put in a diving header and make it 1-0 in favour of Jamshedpur.
The 2nd goal came courtesy of a beautiful strike by Michael Soosairaj in the 31st minute. Cido got at the end of a throw-in near the box and played it on for Soosairaj who found a space on the left and curled a powerful shot inside the side-netting of the far post!
The Kerala Blasters had a spectacular comeback with two second-half goals from Slavisa Stojanovic and C.K. Vineeth, both goals setup by Seiminlen Doungel.
Whilst frustrated with the one point for his team, Jamshedpur head coach Cesar Ferrando said he was equally satisfied they’d gained a point against Kerala Blasters, whom are a very good side.
“We made three mistakes. The penalty was a mistake. I think we played well in the first half and had a bad second half. We lost the ball and the team suffered. We couldn’t score in the second half. One point is ok for me.”
The Spaniard went on to say he is hopeful of a draw or a win against a formidable Goa in their next match.
“Kerala are a strong team. We wanted to win today. Next game is against Goa. They are a big team too. I like to win but if it’s a draw it’s a draw. I am happy with it. ”