Odisha FC bought the monkey off their again as they cruised to their first win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Kerala Blasters within the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) on the GMC Stadium, right here on Thursday. Kerala drew first blood by Jordan Murray (7′) however Odisha took the lead within the first half itself by an personal objective from Jeakson Singh (22′) and a strike from Steven Taylor (42′). Diego Mauricio’s second-half brace (50′, 60′) then settled the tie in favor of Odisha. Gary Hooper (79′) scored a comfort for Kerala, but it surely proved to be not sufficient to spark a comeback.
It was Odisha who began higher, implementing a nook within the third minute however Kerala scored the opener a lot towards the run of play. KP Rahul headed Facundo Pereyra’s freekick at objective and a diving Arshdeep Singh may solely parry it straight into Murray’s path. The latter made no mistake from a good angle.
Odisha struck again 15 minutes later in a considerably fortuitous style. Jerry Mawihmingthanga discovered Mauricio on the correct and his shot took a heavy deflection off Jeakson earlier than trickling previous a wrong-footed Albino Gomes.
Vicente Gomez virtually got here up with an instantaneous equalizer as he headed in Pereyra’s cross, but it surely was straight at Arshdeep. Kerala would rue the misses quickly with Taylor benefiting from some poor defending to offer Odisha the lead simply earlier than halftime. Jerry’s cross discovered Taylor unmarked on the far publish and the English defender calmly slotted in.
Jerry missed a great likelihood straight after the restart, however Mauricio would quickly make sure that his miss went unpunished. First, he scored Odisha’s third after Jerry’s lob discovered him clear on objective. Ten minutes later, he scored a spectacular objective to place the consequence past doubt.
The Brazilian obtained the ball from Nandhakumar Sekhar and beat a defender earlier than curling it previous the keeper from outdoors the field.
Kerala would have a glimmer of hope within the 79th minute when Gary Hooper netted their second. Jordan Murray did nicely to place the ball within the field and located Hooper, who slashed at objective. His shot took a deflection off Taylor earlier than moving into.
The objective impressed the previously-downbeat Kerala gamers as they launched assault after assault on the Odisha objective. Nevertheless, the Odisha defence stood agency as their coach Stuart Baxter celebrated his first win of the season on the remaining whistle.
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