ISL: Profligate Blasters play out draw with Jamshedpur

Kerala Blasters' Gary Hooper, right, in action. Photo: ISL

Bambolim (Goa):Kerala Blasters were made to rue their missed chances as they played out a goalless draw with Jamshedpur FC in the Indian Super League (ISL)at the GMC Stadium, here on Wednesday.

Blasters were, by far, the superior team overall and created more chances than Jamshedpur but lacked the cutting edge in the final third, which denied them their fourth win of the season.

The first half proved to be a pulsating affair but attackers of both sides were guilty of missing chances.

Jamshedpur dominated the opening quarter and had the opportunity to take the lead early on, following a blunder from Blasters keeper Albino Gomes.

He miscued a clearance, gifting the ball straight to Nerijus Valskis. The striker popped a shot at goal but Albino recovered well in time by managing a finger-tip save, which kissed the far-post before going out.

Albino Giovanni Gomes goalkeeper of Kerala Blasters FC saves a goal during match 73 of the 7th season of the Hero Indian Super League between Kerala Blasters FC and Jamshedpur FC held at the GMC Stadium Bambolim, Goa, India on the 27th January 2021

Photo by Vipin Pawar/ Sportzpics for ISL
Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Albino Gomes pulls off a save. Photo: ISL

Valskis missed another gilt-edged chance in the 30th minute after some lovely build-up play from Jamshedpur. Aitor Monroy found the Lithuanian in the box with a delightful lob but Valskis fluffed his chance as he attempted an acrobatic volley.

Blasters dominated the second quarter and fashioned three big chances, only to be denied by the woodwork on all occasions.

The first was when Gary Hooper unleashed a long-range shot that struck the underside of the crossbar before bouncing back into play. However, replays suggested that the ball crossed the line but it went unnoticed by the officials.

Minutes later, Sandeep Singh whipped a teasing cross for Jordan Murray whose header brushed the upside of the frame.

And then, Lalthathanga Khawlhring rattled the crossbar again from close range in injury time, leaving Blasters assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed frustrated on the touchline.

After the restart, Blasters carried on from where they left off as they dominated the second half.

They had an opportunity to bag the opener after the hour mark when Khawlhring created space on the right and delivered a cross towards Murray at the far-post. The Australian’s looped header, however, flew inches wide of goal.

Blasters threw the kitchen sink at their opponents as the game entered its final stages. They created chance after chance but lacked the finishing touch, and were forced to share points with Jamshedpur at the full-time whistle.

Jamshedpur moved up to seventh place with 15 points from 14 matches, while Blasters are in eighth spot with 15 points from 14 games.

Blasters next meet ATK Mohun Bagan on Sunday.

(With inputs from ISL Media)

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