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Mood swings in JFC Fan Park

Jamshedpur, Nov. 21: It was a seesaw battle throughout as JFC players swarmed all over in the initial moments. But, it was against the run of play, that Diego Carlos got possession of a pass and darted through the JFC defense to score the first goal for FC Pune City in the fifth minute.

The home team supporters were delirious but their effervescence was short lived as in the 10th minute, Sumeet Passi seized a pass from Carlos Calvo to drive home the equalizer. This time around, it was for the Red Miners and an equally upbeat number of other JFC supporters to cheer boisterously after the match had been set on an even keel.
A merchandise stall had also been set up where JFC replica jerseys, key rings, personalized coffee mugs, water sippers, pens and the team’s pin badges were on sale.

The first half was very engaging as both teams attempted moves to get the better of one another. Flashes of individual and collective moves and near misses at both ends had the spectators all keyed up but at lemon time the scores remained 1-1.
The break raised hopes of victory at the Fan Park as the 15 hundred strong diehard supporters of JFC expected their team to break the ‘draw’ jinx as was evident from the enthusiasm of the players.
After the break, the match started with renewed panache and there were breathtaking moments at regular intervals but all moves of both contenders were nullified by brilliant defenses on either side.
At the Fan Park, the cheers for each JFC move were short of defeaning. Yet, the dampener came in the 86th minute when Matt Mills of FC Pune City headed in a goal vide a corner kick taken by substitute Marco Stankovic. There was almost a lull in the Park environ and sighs of resignation could be heard.
This was the first defeat for the JFC this season apart from two wins and five draws. With 11 points JFC is in fourth place of the league table. The next match will be a home encounter against Chennaiyin FC on November 25.

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