I-League: Henry Stars In JCT's Thumping Victory Over Viva Kerala

Henry scores a hattrick and Okoro scores a brace to seal the victory in Ludhiana

JCT came up with a superb performance on Saturday, inflicting a 5-1 defeat on Viva Kerala in the 21st round of the I-League.

Coming on the back of three straight defeats in Goa, JCT looked to make the most of the home advantage they enjoy at the Guru Nanak Stadium, and with their twin foreign strikers, Henry and Okoro, coming good, the Punjab side earned a spectacular win.

Henry scored his first hat-trick in India with Okoro chipping with a brace while Reuben Senyo pulled one back for the visitors in second half injury time.

The win takes JCT takes to seventh spot replacing Viva Kerala, who slipped to eighth.

It all started in the fourth minute when a nice interplay pf passes between Amandeep Singh and Orji Penn saw Henry take on a couple of defenders and give his side an early lead.

Seven minutes later, Henry’s striker partner Okoro found the back of the net but was adjudged offside.

It was the home side that looked the dominant force as they kept creating chances with their midfield getting a foothold on the proceedings.

JCT doubled their lead in the 36th minute as Henry’s long shot off a Sakatar back pass went past the Viva custodian. Towards the end of the first session, Viva Kerala did show some signs of a fightback but nothing came of it as at half-time the scores remained the same.

There wasn’t much difference in Viva Kerala’s lacklustre performance of the first half from the second as they couldn’t hold onto the ball.

Okoro finally got his name on the scoresheet as Orji Penn’s throughball saw the Viva goalkeeper come off his line as the Nigerian striker only had to chip it over in the 55th minute.

He scored another with his head from a Daljit Singh throw-in from the left as the Viva defence was caught napping.

Substitute Jaswinder Singh provided an inch perfect cross from the right for Henry who headed home to complete his hat-trick.

JCT did have a couple of more opportunities to score more goals but they couldn’t convert them.

In the injury time, Reuben Senyo scored a consolation goal for the southern club from a flag-kick. Henry was adjudged the Man of the Match.

 

Goalscorers JCT: Henry (4th min, 36th min and 75th min) and Okoro (55th min and 65th min)

Viva Kerala: Reuben Senyo (93rd min)