Jamshedpur, Sept. 21: There was nothing to cheer for as the new look Jamshedpur FC squad took the field for the very first time in a practice match against Real Kashmir FC at JRD Tata Sports Complex. With ISL 6 round the corner, Jamshedpur FC played 3-3 draw against the Srinagar based side after missing several chances to score in the first half and conceding a hapless goal.
Real Kashmir broke the deadlock in the 25th minute as Kallum Higginbotham scored the first goal of the match to take Snow Leopards ahead.
After several missed chances, Piti leveled the score from a free-kick for Jamshedpur FC in the 42nd minute.
Within the next two minutes the Snow Leopards attack took advantage of a misjudged pass as Krizo scored in the 44th minute to make it 2-1 in their favour. In the dying minutes of the first half hosts got a penalty in the 45+3′ minute. Castel scored on the rebound after the Kashmir goalkeeper saved it.
A late flurry of goals at the end of half time kept the score two-a-piece.
More than 10,000 fans gathered to support the home side at the ‘Furnace’ . Banners of Red Miners and Gourav Mukhi Fan Club swayed in the stands.
Most of the second half was quiet as both the teams tried hard to find the winner.
A rapturous cheer came from the fans as Tiri stepped on the pitch, replacing Jamshedpur-lad Mobashir. Farukh made way for CK Vineeth to make his debut.
In the dying moments of the match Noe Acosta found the net to take Jamshedpur FC ahead. It was 3-2 in favour of Jamshedpur but Chesterpaul Lyngdoh leveled it in the 90th minute of the match.
After the match, Jamshedpur FC Head Coach Antonio Iriondo analysed his team’s performance as he said, “I am very happy with the work we have put in after training only a few days. I think the team took control of the game, although we have had some mistakes of our own. We are a team that is starting new and played against a team that has been training and playing for almost two months.”
Jamshedpur FC captain Tiri took to facebook after the match. He wrote, “Draw in the first friendly match after 10 day of training. There is much to improve, but proud of the work of the entire team.” He also thanked the fans for coming in large numbers at the Furnace.
After the match Local lad Mobashir Rahman said, “Not the result we were looking for as we could have won the match as it was in our zone. Hopefully we will give our best in the next match and will win.”
“It’s good to back at the JRD Tata Sports Complex after a while and didn’t expect so many people for a friendly match. Hope more crowd pours in for the next match and we win,” added the midfielder.