Real Kashmir FC, AG’s XI share honours

Srinagar—Real Kashmir Football Club had to share points with Accountant General’s (AG’s) XI after 1-1 in their league fixture of  the first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (MMS) Memorial Football Tournament, played at Synthetic Turf TRC in Srinagar, a statement from Jammu and Kashmir Football Association said on Monday.

Amid cloudy weather, the match started with a bang as the two star studded teams went on all out attack from the word go. The forwards kept the defense lines under pressure. However, both the teams failed to score as they missed several opportunities. It was Ubaid though  who broke the deadlock by scoring the first goal for Real Kashmir in the 23rd minute of the play.

Trailing by one goal, the AG’s XI players went for an all out attack in search of an equaliser. But the defenders of the Real Kashmir, especially the goalkeeper, were equal to the task and they ensured the first half ended with 1-0 lead in their favour.

The second half, like the first, also started with both the teams desperate to score. While AG’s XI was trying to score an equaliser, the Real Kashmir forwards were looking for an opportunity to double the lead. However, the forwards of the two teams were unable to breach the defence lines of each other and when it looked like Real Kashmir will walk away with all the three points, Bilal Ronga of AG’s XI scored a goal from nowhere to have scoreline reading at 1-1.

Both teams upped the ante in pursuit of lead and possible winner but couldn’t alter the scoreline. When the final whistle blew, it was stalemate between the two teams which meant points had to be shared.

Bilal Ronga was declared as player of the match for his brilliant performance.

Meanwhile, in Jammu the B-Division matches of the event are going on in a full swing at different venues. At GGM Science College, All Star FC defeated Baba FC 3-1 while Churchill Bros ‘B’ thrashed Nagrota FC 4-1 in other B-Division match.

In Samba district, Kartar Football Club played a goalless draw against Vijaypur Football Club. In Kathua, 23 matches of the event have been completed while 19 more matches would be played in the coming days. Top football Clubs of Jammu, Kathua, Hiranagar, Billawar and Basohli are taking part in the tournament, which is being held under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) and is sponsored by J&K State Sports Council.

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