SrinagarState Football League witnessed four matches being played-two each in Super Division and Premier Division- with J&K Bank Academy, Lone Star Blue, Real Kashmir Football winning their respective fixtures, a statement from Jammu and Kashmir Football Association said on Monday.
In the first Super Division match played at Synthetic Turf TRC Ground, J&K Bank Academy defeated Jehlum Sports 2-1. Right from the start of the play, the Bank side dominated the game as they kept defence lines of the opposite team under pressure. Jehlum Sports players tried their best to keep the forward line of Bank team at bay, but Farhan Pathan and Ateeb Shafi managed to score two goals for them.
In the second Super-Division match played at the ssme venue, Lone Star Blue defeated Real Kashmir Red 3-2 in a closely contested affair. Naish opened the account for Real Kashmir team in just the 3rd minute of the play while Numaan doubled the lead five minutes later. In just first 10 minutes of the match, Lone Star players were in shock as they were trailing by two goals.
But they didn’t sccumb to the pressure and kept playing attacking football. Momin scored the first goal for Lone Star in 23rd minute of the match and reduced the lead. The first half ended with score line reading 2-1 in favour of Real Kashmir. As the second half began, Lone Star players came out with all guns blazing and scored two goals in 48th and 59th minutes of the match through Abid Ahmad and Firdous Ahmad. With these goals, the Lone Star managed to turn the defecit into a lead of 3-2 and they managed to hold on with it till the referee blew the final whistle.
In the Premier-Division match, Lone Star Kashmir Football Club played a goal less draw with Mahraja Sports. Though no team could score in the allotted 90-minutes of the match, the high quality and attacking football they displayed enthralled the spectators who had come in huge numbers. Both the teams got several scoring oppurtunities in the first half, but they failed to convert those into goals. Things didn’t alter in the second half as well with defence lines of the two teams not ready to give an inch to the opposition. When the referee blew the final whistle the score line read 0-0. Feroz from Maharaja Sports was declared player of the match.
In the second Premier Division match of the day, Real Kashmir FC thrashed Food & Supplies (F&S) team by five goals to nil in a one sided encounter. Real Kashmir players dominated the match from the start of the play and F&S defence line was helpless before their attacking play. Though for the first 29 minutes, Real Kashmir could not score, once Shahid scored the first goal, it opened flood gates for them. Asrar made it 2-0 in the 38th minute of the match. The F&S players tried their best to score, but failed to do so and the first half ended with score line reading 2-0 in favour of Real Kashmir.
In the second half Real Kashmir sealed the fate of the match early when Amir scored the third goal for his team in the 49th minute and Hyder made it 4-0 in 71st minute. Asrar scored his second and the team’s fifth goal in the 81st minute of the match. When the referee blew the final whistle it was 5-0 in favour of Real Kashmir FC. Shahid Nazir was decalared as player of the match. It was after two games that Real Kashmir FC tasted victory.
Meanwhile, seeing the response of the fans and the popularity of the event, J&K Football Association (JKFA) is making all efforts to make it count. The football governing body in the state has thanked the public for their overwhelming response to the event and hoped in future also they will do the same.
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