SrinagarJammu and Kashmir Bank Academy side gave a good account of themselves, holding the J&K Banks senior side to a 1-1 draw in their first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (MMS) Memorial Football Tournament fixture, played at Synthetic Turf TRC in Srinagar, a statement from Jammu and Kashmir Football Association said on Tuesday.
As the play started the forward lines of both the teams failed to breach the defence lines of each other in the first half. The goal keepers of both the teams made some exceptional saves. The high speed and quality football displayed by the two teams mesmerized the spectators, who had thronged the venue in huge numbers. It was difficult for them to choose their favourite team as both the teams belong to the J&K Bank.
The second half like the first also proved to be nail biting as no team was ready to give even an inch to the opposite side. In the closely contested match, forwards of both the teams attacked each others goal post from both the flanks right from the start of the second half. In the 46th minute of the match, Aakif Javed of Bank team got an opportunity to put his team ahead and he without any mistake sent the ball right into the goalpost of the opposite team.
Trailing by a goal, the Bank Academy players launched several counter attacks on the opposite goalpost. But the defenders of the Bank team kept them at bay and when it looked that no further goals will be scored, Ahteeb Shafi of Bank Academy scored all important goal for his team in the 76th minute of the play thus equalizing the score. In the last 10 minutes of the match, the aggression of players from both the teams was visible as they tried desperately to score. However, as the referee blew the final whistle, the score line read 1-1. Ahteeb Shafi was declared as player of the match for his brilliant performance. The matches of MMSM tournament are also going on at other venues of Jammu region. In Kashmir region, first and the second leg of the event, being organised by the JK Football Association (JKFA) under the auspices of State Sports Council and on the directions of All India Football Federation (AIFF) are also being played across various venues.
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