Jamshedpur FC broke its run of four successive draws in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2018-19 with a stunning 4-1 demolition of FC Goa at the JRD Tata Sports Complex here on Thursday.
The host was lightning quick off the blocks with Gaurav Mukhi forcing Mohammad Nawaz into an excellent save as early as the second minute. The Goa custodian made an even better one a minute later from Sergio Cidoncha’s well-struck free-kick. The host’s early pressure paid off in the 17th minute, with Soosairaj calmly slotting the ball into the net after Goa failed to clear a Cidoncha corner.
Goa could not threaten a dominant Jamshedpur until the 26th minute when Hugo Boumous struck the woodwork with a fierce low shot. A few minutes later, the visitor equalised against the run of play through Fall’s header after Edu Bedia had flicked on a Boumous free-kick. The home side should have gone into the break with its noses in front, but Memo blasted his shot high and wide after he had peeled away at the far post from a Cidoncha free-kick.
Ferrando’s men did have their deserved lead four minutes into the second half with Soosairaj bagging his second. The 24-year-old made no mistake after he was released behind the Goa defence by Cidoncha following a quick breakaway. A horrible Lenny Rodrigues back pass almost gifted the host another goal before Tiri came close with a header. A belter of a Memo strike from just outside the box after Goa failed to deal with a corner in the 77th minute sealed three points for Ferrando’s men. Passi added gloss to the scoreline after he tapped into an empty net following a lay-off from Carlos Calvo.