Odisha FC acquired the monkey off their again as they cruised to their first win of the season with a Four-2 win over Kerala Blasters within the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) on the GMC Stadium right here on Thursday.
Kerala drew first blood by way of Jordan Murray within the seventh minute however Odisha took the lead within the first half itself by way of an personal purpose from Jeakson Singh within the 22nd and a strike from Steven Taylor late within the half. Diego Mauricio’s second-half brace within the 50th and 60th minutes then settled the tie in favor of Odisha. Gary Hooper scored a comfort for Kerala within the 79th minute.
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 purpose and a diving Arshdeep Singh might solely parry it straight into Murray’s path. The latter made no mistake from a good angle.
Odisha struck again 15 minutes later in considerably fortuitous style. Jerry Mawihmingthanga discovered Mauricio on the best and his shot took a heavy deflection off Jeakson earlier than trickling previous a wrong-footed Albino Gomes.
Vicente Gomez nearly got here up with an immediate equaliser as he headed in Pereyra’s cross, but it surely was straight at Arshdeep. Kerala would rue the misses quickly with Taylor profiting from some poor defending to provide Odisha the lead simply earlier than halftime. Jerry’s cross discovered Taylor unmarked on the far put up and the English defender calmly slotted in.
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Jerry missed a superb probability straight after the restart, however Mauricio would quickly be sure that his miss went unpunished. First, he scored Odisha’s third after Jerry’s lob discovered him clear on purpose. Ten minutes later, he scored a spectacular purpose to place the outcome past doubt. The Brazilian acquired the ball from Nandhakumar Sekhar and beat a defender earlier than curling it previous the keeper from exterior the field.
Kerala would have a glimmer of hope within the 79th minute when Gary Hooper netted their second. Jordan Murray did effectively to place the ball within the field and located Hooper, who slashed at purpose. His shot took a deflection off Taylor earlier than getting in.
The purpose impressed the previously-downbeat Kerala gamers as they launched assault after assault on the Odisha purpose. Nonetheless, the Odisha defence stood agency as their coach Stuart Baxter celebrated his first win of the season on the remaining whistle.