Daniel Chima Chukwu (23′, 26′) opened the floodgates with a brace in the first half hour. Paul Ramfangzauva (45+1′) saved a goal for Kalinga Warriors, but after the lemon break it was Jamshedpur all the way when Ritwik Das (54′), Jordan Murray (71′) and Ishan Pandita (87′) scored a goal each to help the Red Miners win their sixth game in a row
Although Greg Stewart couldn’t get his name on the scoresheet, he was once again brilliant on the ball. From hitting the post twice to assists, he was all over the field.
Owen Coyle’s men now need just one point from their last game against ATK Mohun Bagan to win the League Shield for the first time.
As for Odisha, it was a disappointing end to his campaign. Although they finished seventh in the league standings, this was their ninth loss of the season and they will have to do a lot to improve their performance next season.
Earlier, Jamshedpur began to dominate the game early on and Stewart came close to scoring another free kick from nearly 30 yards in the 23rd minute. Unlike last time, the ball did not crash into the back of the net. He hit the crossbar and hit Chima, who made no mistake when heading into the net.
Three minutes later, Chima scored again when the Odisha defense was caught sleeping. Despite trailing by two goals, Odisha pulled one back in first-half stoppage time. Against the grain of the game, Odisha made a good run down the left and after JFC defenders failed to clear him, Ramfangzauva put the ball into the net. TP Reheneesh grabbed both hands, but still couldn’t help it.
In the second half, Odisha started well but it was Jamshedpur who increased their lead. Stuart played an aerial ball just to the left of the goal over the defenders’ heads and Ritwik headed the ball in before slotting into the bottom right corner with ease.
After that, Jamshedpur almost played into the Odisha defense and Murray scored the fourth in the 71st minute. Meanwhile, Odisha’s night continued to darken as Jonathas de Jesus was sent off for disagreeing for the second time in the match.
However, JFC were in no mood to slow down and it was Pandita who put the final nail in Odisha’s coffin with her fifth in the closing minutes of the match.