Jamshedpur FC lost their third match in succession as they went down 1-2 to Northeast United FC in an Indian Super League tie at the Tilak Maidan Stadium in Vasco, Goa on Sunday.
The result ends NEUFC’s seven-game winless run and propels them to fifth on the points table.
Ashutosh Mehta (36’) put NEUFC ahead with his first Hero ISL goal before substitute Deshorn Brown (61’) doubled the tally for the Highlanders on his debut.
Jamshedpur skipper Peter Hartley (89’) pulled one back for his side late in the game but despite pressing the NEUFC defense hard in the second half, Owen Coyle’s side slumped to a third straight defeat.
NEUFC were the better side in the opening half, dominating possession and creating goal-scoring opportunities. They deservedly went into the break with a one-goal cushion which could have been more, but for some crucial saves by JFC goalkeeper TP Rehenesh.
Just four minutes later, NEUFC made amends for it as they scored from a set-piece. Federico Gallego delivered a delicious cross from the corner flag and Mehta rose above his marker at the far post to head the ball into the net.
Isaac Vanmalsawma, brought on at half-time, gave the ball away after a sloppy pass. Gallego received the ball from Machado and threaded a through pass for substitute Brown, who slotted it past Rehenesh.
Coyle’s side received a glimmer of hope late on in the game after captain Hartley scored through a corner, which was his first for Jamshedpur.rehenesh,