Mail News Service
Jamshedpur: The Jamshedpur FC Fan Park was once again the destination of excitement and frenzy as ‘Football Fever’ gripped the fans after a gap of almost 45 days in the fifth edition of ISL Championship.
There were “Oohs” and “Ahs” galore as the JFC idols of 1,000 football fanatics present at the Park near Keenan Stadium made Goa goal-bound moves but missed or when the other team created openings in the fan-team’s ranks.
But, amid all the excitement the match ended in a draw earning the Jamshedpur prospects a measly one point. While JFC hangs on at the fifth spot on the points table, FC Goa retained its 4th spot at the conclusion of today’s return encounter. Out of the 13 matches played by JFC, eight have been drawn while it has won four matches and lost one.
The exchanges were pulsating in both halves and the Fan Park steamed with the heat of excitement. But the warmth would have been replaced by a chill of dejection and disappointment had it not been for the solidity provided by the JFC defense line; worse still, had not goalkeeper Subrata Paul effected a fairytale save in the 90th minute to stave off JFC’s second defeat in its 13th outing.
Replicas and bits and pieces of memorabilia were on sale the Merchandize stall where crowds gathered to relieve the tension of the first half.