Round-up: Inspired NorthEast, Jamshedpur’s new hero and a tense derby
Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 is rolling along in spectacular fashion, delivering some of the finest footballing action the league has witnessed over the past five years. As the season starts to take shape, Week 4 gave us some breath-taking individual performances and some nail-biting encounters. FC Pune City and Chennaiyin FC are still walking on thin ice, while the likes of NorthEast United FC, Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC have already started to mark their authority in the season. Here are the results and some of the major talking points from the week gone by:
Match 23: Delhi Dynamos FC 0-2 NorthEast United FC (Match report)
Match 24: ATK 1-2 Bengaluru FC (Match report)
Match 25: Jamshedpur FC 4-1 FC Goa (Match report)
Match 26: FC Pune City 1-1 Kerala Blasters FC (Match report)
Match 27: Chennaiyin FC 0-1 Mumbai City FC (Match report)
Match 28: Delhi Dynamos FC 2-2 Jamshedpur FC (Match report)
Match 29: Kerala Blasters 1-2 Bengaluru FC (Match report)
Schattorie has something special brewing at NorthEast
NorthEast are enjoying their best-ever start to a Hero ISL campaign, claiming 11 points from a possible 15. One man who deserves plenty of credit for their success is head coach Eelco Schattorie. The Dutchman has used his tactical prowess and charisma to turn the Highlanders into a cohesive and well-oiled unit. His fighting spirit and courage were echoed by his players when they slotted in two late goals against Delhi Dynamos FC to take home all three points, much to the delight of the rapturous NorthEast fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.
Special Soosairaj sinks Goa
On Thursday, November 1, a high-flying Goa side was humbled at the Furnace by an inspired Jamshedpur outfit. Led from the front by youngster Michael Soosairaj, Jamshedpur exposed Goa’s leaky defence, scoring three second-half goals to clinch the victory. The 24-year-old, with his explosive pace and bagful of skills, proved too much to handle for the Goa defence. To top it all off, Soosairaj also found the back of the net on two occasions. Jamshedpur’s no. 23 has definitely proved that he has the talent to rub shoulders with the best of them, but it remains to be seen if he can maintain this form throughout the long season.
Delhi’s second-half resurgence against Jamshedpur
Delhi have suffered a poor start to their campaign, failing to register a single victory so far. However, the Lions will take heart from their second-half display against Jamshedpur on Sunday. The team went into the half-time trailing by a goal but came back onto the field with a renewed vigour which should delight the fans. Head coach Josep Gombau took a huge risk by bringing in all three substitutes at half-time. The team responded to the gaffer and gave it their all on the field. The Lions didn’t only equalise but also managed to take the lead. The story, however, didn’t have a fairytale ending Delhi were hoping for as Jamshedpur found a late leveller through Tiri. But the Lions can definitely take pride in their performance and use it as an inspiration in their upcoming matches.
Bengaluru reign supreme in southern derby
Monday’s southern derby between Bengaluru and Kerala Blasters certainly lived up to its billing. Filled with quality players, sublime goals and heated exchanges, fans were on the edge of their seats throughout the 90 minutes. In the end, Bengaluru managed to come out as the winners, courtesy of an unfortunate own goal from Nikola Krcmarevic.