Jamshedpur FC advanced to the third position with a resounding victory on the strength of a spectacular goal scored by 'Super Sub', Ishaan Pandita. They beat NorthEast United 3-2 on Thursday after falling behind at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim.
Ishaan Pandit came on as a substitute in the 84th minute and scored the decisive goal at the 90+3 minute mark. The Men of Steel conceded a goal in just four minutes as Deshorn Brown scored past keeper Pawan Kumar.
Forty minutes later, Aussie forward Jordan Murray headed the ball into the goal to equalize for Jamshedpur FC from a Greg Stewart set piece. The Red Miners continued to build on this momentum after the half-time break as Boris Singh scored his first goal of the season in the 56th minute. Singh took a right footed shot from the left side of the box to blast it past the keeper.
Intense back and forth continued as Jamshedpur was holding on to their lead until the 91st-minute mark, where Deshorn Brown scored to rescue the Highlanders. Brown broke free to capitalize on the through ball by Mashoor Shereef and scored his sixth goal in the 2021-22 ISL. But Ishan Pandita had other plans as he sunk the Highlanders with a gut-wrenching goal in the 93rd to win the game for Jamshedpur FC.
The Men of Steel have won four out of their last ten matches and are third in the table with 16 points. NorthEast United suffered their sixth defeat in 10 games and are tenth with eight points.
Ishan Pandita won the Hero of the Match award for his late-game heroics. Pandita was elated with performance and is eager to score more goals for the Red Miners, as he said, "I think this goal is on the top. I am happy and looking more positive to be finding more goals. I think today was very crucial, and it was a must-win game. It is a massive three points. I have a lot of experienced players in my position. I am young and my cup is empty. There is a lot of room for improvement."
Reflect on the heart-breaking defeat NorthEast United head coach Khalid Jamil said, "Today we gifted them the last goal and gave them all the three points. We have signed two foreigners, but they won't be available for the next match."
Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle was exhilarated by their last-minute victory as he said, "This group of lads have been terrific. I have boys who couldn't get games for their previous clubs like Len (Doungel) and Boris (Singh). We have picked some of the players and turned them into good players. I love working with young players and I think our Indian players have the potential to be very good players. Credit to NorthEast (United FC) for fighting till the end, but overall, we were miles ahead of NorthEast as a team."