ISL 2020-21 News: Aniket, Rehenesh heroics take Jamshedpur FC past NEUFC

ISL 2020: Jamshedpur FC beat NorthEast United 1-0 to hand the side its first loss of the Indian Super League season.

Aniket Jadhav's goal proved to be the winner for Jamshedpur FC against NorthEast United in the ISL.   -  ISL/Sportzpics

NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) experienced the bitter taste of defeat for the first time this Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) season as it lost 1-0 to Jamshedpur FC (JFC) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday.

Aniket Jadhav’s second-half strike brought all three points to JFC as it climbed to the fifth spot with 10 points from seven games. NEUFC remains fourth.

AS IT HAPPENED

NEUFC looked the better side initially and Kwesi Appiah had half a chance in the 18th minute when Idrissa Sylla chested down Ashutosh Mehta’s long throw-in. Appiah did well to take on a couple of defenders and had a crack at goal but his shot whizzed wide.

The Ghanian striker had another chance in the 24th minute when he tried to bend a free-kick from the edge of the box, but his strike only went as far as the side-netting.

JFC’s Nigerian defender Stephen Eze, the tallest player on the pitch at 6’6, was in the thick of things at both ends and had an opportunity around the 40th minute but his header looped over the crossbar.

Nerijus Valskis, who had scored six of JFC's seven goals coming into the game, had a subdued opening 45 as he barely received supply and did not manage a single shot.

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Owen Coyle’s JFC went ahead eight minutes after the restart through Jadhav. Jackichand Singh played a delightful incisive pass into the box for Jadhav to slot home and claim his career’s second ISL goal. Jadhav, who briefly trained with Blackburn Rovers, came within inches of a second goal minutes later but his shot -- at the end of a 60-yard dash -- narrowly missed the top corner.

Hartley embraces Rehenesh after his penalty heroics. - ISL/Sportzpics

 

NEUFC was given a lease of life in the 65th minute when Benjamin Lambot won a penalty. Sylla stepped up to take it but T. P. Rehenesh produced a fantastic save to deny him. Jackichand nearly doubled his side’s lead, unwittingly, with 10 minutes left on the clock when his attempted cross struck the crossbar.

JFC held on to its slender lead to claim its second victory of the season, which also is the side's first win with a clean sheet in 20 matches.

NEUFC will next face Odisha FC on Tuesday, while NEUFC will take on FC Goa a day later.

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