J&K Police blank SFA in lopsided affair

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Srinagar—Jammu and Kashmir Police XI blanked J&K State Football Academy (SFA) two goals to nil in the 3rd phase of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (MMS) Memorial Football Tournament played at Synthetic Turf TRC Ground Srinagar, a statement from Jammu and Kashmir Football Association said on Saturday.

 The first half of the game was a classic case of missed opportunities from both teams and defence lines showing their mettle to keep goals’ column blank. Goalkeepers from either side were on their toes to make sure attacks from opposition didn’t translate into goals. Consequently teams went into half-time break locked at 0-0.

The first ten minutes of the second half didn’t pan out any different with both teams failing to get off the mark. However, Neeraj Bahdur broke the deadlock to get Jammu and Kashmir Police XI on the board in the 57th minute of the play.

With a goal in arrears, SFA XI upped the ante to find an equaliser but couldn’t convert their efforts and urgency into goals. J&K Police XI didn’t lose intensity finding the net in the last stages of the game to seal the fate in their favour.  Eventually, Police XI won the game 2-0.

Navjot Singh from J&K Police XI adjudged man of the match for his brilliant play for all of ninety minutes of the game.

The matches of maiden MMS Memorial football  tournament are also going on at different venues of Jammu region. While in Kashmir region, first and the second leg of the event, being organised by the JK Football Association (JKFA) in association with  State Sports Council and on the directions of All India Football Federation (AIFF), have been completed, the first phase matches are underway in Jammu.

The aim of the tournament is to unearth the hidden talent in all corners of the state including remote areas. In Srinagar district 104 clubs/teams participated in the first phase of the event and 280 matches of premier division, super division

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