THE REWIND : JFC vs KBFC
Jamshedpur FC pulled a win over KBFC by 3 goals-to-nil, at GMC Athletic Stadium, Bambolim. Greg Stewart’s brace and Daniel Chima’s goal helped the men of steel to grab all three points.
Ivan Vukomanovic was forced to make changes in the starting eleven from the previous game. Denechandra Meitei got his first start of the season along with Sipovic, Vincy and Puitea, all returning to the final squad. The game started off well for the Red-Miners and they looked sharp in attacking. It was a real physical battle in the first forty-five and JFC had an upper hand throughout the half. The first-half almost ended in a stale-mate but Denechandra’s foul on Stewart handed them a penalty and the Scottish forward gave JFC the lead just before half-time.
The men of steel was awarded with another penalty during the initial minutes of second-half, this time for Leskovic’s foul on Boris Singh. Greg Stewart once again amped up for the kick and scored his second of the night from the spot. Blasters tried to react with some moves in midfield, but it was JFC again who found the nets. Boris Singh’s parallel pass from the right-flank fell for Daniel Chima, who was unmarked inside the box and his on-target shot gave no chance for Gill to save.
The men in yellow created some chances afterwards, but we lacked accuracy to find the net. Jamshedpur also had few good chances at the other end, but they also failed to convert them into goals. Jeakson Singh almost replicated his goal against Goa, but this time the header just flew away from the goal. Alvaro also got an opening in the 78th minute, but his shot from close-range was blocked by the JFC goalkeeper.
This 3-0 defeat has dragged us down to fifth position in the league table with 23 points from 14 games. But we will learn from these mistakes and gather well for the next game. KBFC will square-off with SC East Bengal on 14th February, 2022.
KBFC XI:Prabhsukhan Singh Gill(GK), Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Enes Sipovic, Marko Leskovic, Yendrembam Denechandra Meitei, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Lalthathanga Khawlhring, Sahal Abdul Samad, Vincy Barretto, Adrian Luna(C), Alvaro Vazquez Garcia.
Subs:- Karanjit Singh(GK), Muheet Shabir Khan(GK), Sandeep Singh Soraisham, Givson Singh Moirangthem, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Chencho Gyeltshen, Bijoy V, Ruivah Hormipam, Sanjeev Stalin.
JFC XI:- TP Rehenesh(GK), Laldinliana Ralte, Eli Sabia, Peter Hartley(C), Ricky Lallawmawma, Jitendra Singh, Pronoy Halder, Greg Stewart, Ritwik Kumar Das, Boris Singh Thangjam, Daniel Chima Chukwu.
Subs:- Pawan Kumar(GK), PC Laldinpuia, Narendar Gahlot, Seiminlen Doungel, Alexandre Lima, Mohammad Mobashir Rahman, Sandip Mandi, Anas Edathodika, Ishan Pandita.