NorthEast United FC (NEUFC) continued their slow but steady progress in the Indian Super League (ISL) despite a frustrating goalless draw against Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex Jharkand on Saturday.
The defences proved to be too sturdy to break down as the teams cancelled out each other at the end of 90 minutes. The hard-earned point also consolidated Jamshedpur`s fourth spot and preserved their unbeaten run at home this season.
Both side`s defences stayed compact and made it hard for the opposing strikers to make runs in behind the backline. Clear-cut chances were few and far between in the first half.
In the second half, Federico Gallego and Provat Lakra combined well on the right flank and caused a nervy moment for the hosts inside the box in the 57th minute. The former teased a ball towards the far post and Tiri produced an overhead kick to clear the ball away from danger.
A minute later, Gallego surged into the box and sent a powerful shot towards goal post that forced the game`s first save, off Jamshedpur custodian Subrata Paul.
At the other end, Memo was treated with a fine chance inside the box from a corner kick in the 61st minute. The delivery into the box found Memo in the centre but Gallego`s sliding block denied the midfielder a goal.
In the 70th minute, Farukh Choudhary sprinted down the right flank and fed the ball to Mobashir Rahman who was positioned at the edge of the box. The young midfielder hit a dipping volley that flew inches over the crossbar.
Ogbeche had a late chance to get a winner after Tiri lost the ball in a dangerous area but the Nigerian`s weak attempt was blocked away as the teams settled for a point each.
NEUFC will next take on Bengluru FC on December 5, while Jamshedpur FC will square off with Kerala Blasters a day before at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kerala.