Roy Krishna Jamshedpur double hit floors in ISL
JAMSHEDPUR: a brilliant Roy Krishna hit twice as ATK bleached an ineffective Jamshedpur FC 3-0 in a Indian Super League Crash at the JRD Tata sports complex on Sunday.
Krishna (2nd, 75th) and Edu Garcia (59th) were the goal-scorer for ATK as the visitors secured their ninth win of the season.
ATK are now level on points (30) at the top of the table with Goa after 15 matches. Jamshedpur have seen their play-off hopes virtually end and are now seventh with 16 points.
ATK came out all-guns-blazing and broke the deadlock just two minutes into the game.
The high-voltage start of the visitors was rewarded when a Sandip Mandi under pressure played a weak pass to Memo Moura. Krishna was alert and the Fiji striker intercepted, charged towards the goal and passed by Subrata Paul easily.
Paul was next in line to err while trying to play from behind. The goalkeeper tried to take a touch and kick the ball after picking up a pass back from Memo, but hit Krishna directly. This time, however, the forward sent his effort directly to the goalkeeper.
It was one-way traffic in the first half as ATK continued to threaten Jamshedpur's goal. In the 26th minute, Edu outfoxed his marker and got into a one-on-one against Paul but the veteran custodian charged off his line and produced a crucial save.
After the half-hour mark, Paul's desire to build the game from behind failed again. His pass, which was easily cut, landed at the feet of Krishna, who adjusted it to Edu. The Spaniard moved his feet and shot, but Joyner Lourenco denied him on the goal line.
Jamshedpur's luck went from bad to worse at the beginning of the second half when the referee ordered an early bath for Jitendra Singh. The defender failed to catch the ball in a sliding challenge that stopped Jayesh Rane he counterattacked and received his second yellow card.
Edu, who was ATK 's creative source throughout the first half, turned up at the end of a fine counter-attacking move to double his team's lead close to the hour-mark.
The Spanish midfielder started the counterattack by finding Krishna in front of him, then loaded into the box to receive the cushioned return of the forward and ended up in the net with aplomb.
With 15 minutes remaining in the game, Krishna sealed three points for his team. Prabir Das forwarded a pass to Edu Garcia who released a terrific through ball for Krishna who gave Paul no chance to make a save.
Jamshedpur had no response to ATK 's relentlessness all over the pitch and succumbed to their second consecutive defeat by a three-goal margin.