I-League 2nd Division: Real Kashmir pocket Srinagar derby

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Srinagar—Real Kashmir Football Club continues to have better off Lone Star Kashmir Football Club in a Srinagar derby, winning yet another game against their arch-rivals. The latest result that went Real Kashmir’s favour came from 2nd Division I-League fixture.

On a bright sunny afternoon, Real Kashmir showed their skill level and class to down Lone Star Kashmir Football Club by 2-1 in what was a close contest played at Synthetic Turf Football Ground, TRC Srinagar on Wednesday.

The game between two giant and professionally football clubs from Srinagar was a cracker with both teams showing intent from the get-go. It was Real Kashmir though that drew the first blood courtesy Danish Ahmad who found the net in the 24th minute to have his side infront. With a goal in arrears, Lone Star KFC upped the ante and made attacks on Real Kashmir FC goalpost. It was in the 39th minute when their intent translated into a goal thanks to star striker Aakif, drawing level the score. The teams went into half-time break with a stalemate scoreline.

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Action continued second half with both teams trying their level best to have their noses infront but goals were hard to come by. Real Kashmir FC though continued mounting pressure on Lone Star FC that bore fruits in the 70th minute when Arinder Mane netted one to give his a one goal cushion.

The lead proved to be unassailable as all the advances from Lone Star KFC were thwarted expertly by Real Kashmir to bring home a victory in all important Srinagar derby that has added flavour to Kashmir Football.

After Lone Star Kashmir Football Club made a historic entry in 2015 in I-League- the first side from Kashmir to feature in premier tournament in Indian domestic circuit- Real Kashmir Football Club followed the suit next year to have two teams from Jammu and Kashmir playing in the league. The two teams based in Srinagar have been slated in same group in last two years which meant Real Kashmir and Lone Star FC playing against each other shaped in Srinagar derby. It has turned out to be a massive hit among the fans just couple of years into it.

Real Kashmir have had a wood on Lone Star FC winning majority of games against their arch-rivals. The Wednesday game didn’t have any different with well oiled Real Kashmir pocketing all of three points.

Meanwhile a two-minute silence was observed before the start of the game to remember Jammu and Kashmir Football Association treasurer R.K. Kohli who passed away recently.

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