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ISL 2021-22: Jamshedpur win the League Winners Shield

16:02 IST 07/03/2022
Jamshedpur ISL 2021-22 League Winners Shield
Having made it to the play-offs for the first time, Jamshedpur men have clinched their first piece of major silverware

Jamshedpur have secured Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 the League Winners Shield with a 1-0 win against ATK Mohun Bagan on Monday.

Ritwik Das (56') scored the lone match-winner in the second half that settled the game and ensured a historic first title for the Tata Steel-owned club. 

The winners have amassed 43 points from their 20 games, losing just three and leading the second-placed Hyderabad by five points.

Owen Coyle's men only needed to avoid a heavy defeat against the Mariners going into the game, thanks to their incredible winning run which now stands at 10 wins from their previous 11 games. The Men of Steel will come up against Kerala Blasters in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Juan Ferrando's ATK Mohun Bagan - having finished third with 37 points, are set to take on Hyderabad in the play-offs.

Records broken

  • Following the win over Bagan, Jamshedpur are now on a seven-game winning streak to break Bengaluru's record of six straight wins (2018-19).
  • 43 points for Jamshepur is also three more than Mumbai City and ATK Mohun Bagan managed to accumulate in the regular season (2020-21).
  • Jamshedpur have also equalled Bengaluru's record of 13 wins in the league stage of a season (2017-18).

What Ferrando had to say?

"Of course, the feeling is not good. We tried to do everything but were not able to succeed. It was difficult but it is important to concentrate on the semi-finals now," the Spanish coach stated.

The Kolkatan giants faced their first defeat in 13 games under Juan Ferrando, but the former FC Goa coach only spoke of pushing his men to perform against Hyderabad.

"Tomorrow is a new day because as a head coach I need to push the players and the coaching staff to get ready for the next game. Playing against Hyderabad is a pleasure because they are a good team."

What Coyle had to say?

Having masterminded the League Shield victory, the Englishman expressed, "[I am] absolutely delighted for everybody in the club. We have been the best team in India, but all credits to players.

"I have nothing but respect for ATK Mohun Bagan. At every moment of the match, they challenged us. It was a genuine touch of class when they stayed till the last. That gesture is very much appreciated by us."

Come the play-off ties against the Blasters, Coyle commented, "[We have] two very difficult games coming against a wonderful side. Outstanding coach (Ivan Vukomanovic). Tomorrow we will get ready for our plan for Kerala Blasters."