SFA XI no match for dominant J&K Bank


Srinagar—Jammu and Kashmir Bank Team blanked State Football Academy (SFA) XI by five goals in their Mufti Mohammad Sayed Memorial Football Tournament (3rd Phase) fixture played at Synthetic Turf Football Stadium, TRC Srinagar, a statement from Jammu and Kashmir Football Association said on Friday.

According to the statement, the encounter turned out to be a lop-sided affair as J&K Bank dominated the proceedings from the word go. The inexperience of SFA XI showed on the field making many a mistake to let ever hungry J&K Bank players taking full control of the game. Prem Kumar opened the account for the winning team in the 17th minute of the play while Jamsheed doubled the lead in 35th minute. The first half ended with Bank team leading 2-0

In the second half, the Bank forwards continued to attack the SFA goalpost and kept their defence lines under pressure. In the 46th minute of the play, Danish made it 3-0 in favour of the Bank and just five minutes later Danish scored his second and team’s fourth goal. Prem Kumar piled on the misery of SFA XI players scoring his second goal to make it 5-0.

Danish walked away with man of the match for his brace.

Meanwhile,  tournament’s Samba district chapter began with Mandi Sangwari FC defeating Kartar Memorial FC by three goals to one in the opening game.

Over in Kishtwar, the first phase of the event ended with Buna Aastan winning the final. In the first semifianl Buna Aastan FC thrashed Wilson FC by five goals to nil in a one sided affair. In the second semi-final, Kishtwar Strikers defeated Matta FC by a solitary goal.

In the final match Buna Aastan defeated Kishtwar Strikers by 3-2 in a tie-breaker. In the closely contested match, no team was able to score in the allotted time and the match had to be decided in a tie-breaker.  Commandant 52 BN CRPF PK Choudhary was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

While in Kashmir region, first and second phase matches of the event, being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) under the auspices of State Sports Council and on the directions of All India Football Federation (AIFF), have been completed, in Jammu region first phase matches are going on.

The aim of the tournament is to unearth the hidden talent in all corners of the state including remote areas.

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