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ISL 2021-22: First Silverware For The Men Of Steel – ISL League Shield

Jamshedpur FC players celebrate on winning ISL Shield


Ritwik Das’ second-half winner helped Jamshedpur FC beat ATK Mohun Bagan and get their hands on silverware for the first time in the club's history.

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Going into the last match of the season, all Jamshedpur FC needed was a draw to finish at the top of the table to clinch the League shield. In the match, The Mariners enjoyed more ball possession in the first half of the game, with Tiri coming the closest to breaking the deadlock but his attempt went wide. The busiest person on the pitch in the first half was the referee who went to his pocket on three occasions flashing off the yellow card to three Jamshedpur FC players.


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The Red Mariners had a different approach to the second half with Greg Stewart bossing the game from the heart of the pitch with his tricky runs and passing. Just at the hour mark, the Scottish international made a dashing run down the wing, beating the ATKMB players and went for goal. Amrinder Singh made a brilliant save there but the ball fell to Ritwik Das whose first-time shot flew past the ATKMB goalkeeper and into the back of the net that ensured they finish off a stellar campaign under Owen Coyle on a high. ATK Mohun Bagan tried to come back in the game but Jamshedpur held their nerves and bagged the three points becoming the first team event in ISL history to make seven wins in a row. 

The Red Miners finished the season with 43 points from 20 games, winning 13 of them which was the highest points accumulated by the club in their history. As for their opponents, ATK Mohun Bagan, they ended their league with 37 points. 

This season, players like Greg Stewart, Daniel Chima Chukwu were exceptional in the league stage and their move to the ISL in January has proved to be a masterstroke and all this credit goes to their man in charge Owen Coyle.


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Talking to the press in the aftermath of the league shield win, Coyle said, “ I’m absolutely delighted for everyone in the club, our supporters, our owners, everyone who cares so much about Jamshedpur FC. Obviously, as a head coach, coaches and players come and go but it’s important that when you’re at a club you give everything that you can for them – which I’ve done. I’ve loved the two years working here with everyone. All credit to the players, they worked their socks off, particularly the Indian players when I see the improvement. And then of course, it gives you a sense of satisfaction”


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