Full-time report: FC Goa
missed their star forward Ferran Corominas at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur
FC put four past the high-flying Gaurs who could only score one goal in reply.
started the match on the fifth gear and had their first opportunity of the game in the very second minute when Arques skipped past his man and floated a diagonal pass to Gourav Mukhi who took his shot from the right inside the box but Nawaz parried it away. From then on, it was a torrent of Jamshedpur attacks during which they created goal-scoring chance after chance with their forwards going close but not scoring the opening goal. That stopped in the 17th minute when Jamshedpur got a corner which Memo headed down inside the box, the ball trickled towards the far post and Soosairaj hammered it home to make it 1-0.
found the going tough and were, on most occasions, unable to bring the ball out of their own half with Jamshedpur constantly putting the pressure.
did go close in the 26th minute when Boumous latched on to a ball outside the Jamshedpur box and drove his shot towards the bottom right corner but his shot could only rattle the woodwork.
Jamshedpur had a great chance to double their lead in the 31st minute when Mukhi brought down a cross in the Goa half under control with Nawaz trying to challenge him to the ball despite being well off his line. Mukhi tried to chip the ball up and over into the net but missed his target.
But Goa didn't, two minutes later, when Fall equalised for them. Goa, too, scored from a setpiece. Boumouh delivered his free-kick from the right at the near post which was headed down by a Goa player before it fell to Fall who at slotted it home with a diving header.
Jamshedpur had one more chance in the 38th minute when Cidoncha put his free-kick to the far post where Memo peeled off his marker and had the goalpost at his mercy but instead blazed his effort up and over the bar.
In the second half, the home team resumed from where they had left off and were duly started in the 50th minute when Soosairaj scored his second of the evening. The winger was freed on the left with a slicing pass and made a diagonal run to get ahead of Fernandes but has goalkeeper Nawaz, who is off his line, to beat, but Soosariraj flicks it into the far post to make it 2-1 for the home team.
Jamshedpur pretty much secured their victory in the 77th minute with a screamer by Memo. It started with Jamshedpur getting a corner. The intial shot was blocked but the rebound fell nicely for Memo who absolutely smashed it into the top left corner to make it 3-1.
Just a minute later, as Goa pushed men forward to get at least a goal back but in doing so left acres of space behind. A defence-splliting pass into the right found Calvo who laid it for Passi in the middle who just had to pass the ball into the back of the net to make it 4-1.
In fact, Jamshedpur were so dominant in the game that they had enough time to make it 5-0 even, when substitute Tim Cahill
scored an easy goal from inside the box but was flagged offside.
The win sends Jamshedpur to the third spot in points table with 10 points from six games while Goa stand second with 10 points five games. This should give the high-flying Gaurs a reality check who have enough cushion on the points table to be depressed by the loss. Also, they will have Corominas back in their next game. As for Jamshedpur, who came into the game off a series of draws after a fine win in Mumbai, this must be a moral booster and should do them wonders going forward in the campaign.