SRINAGAR: Two matches were played on Thursday in the ongoing JKFA Professional League 2021 at Synthetic Turf TRC in Srinagar.
In the first match played between Real Kashmir FC (Reserves) and Downtown Heroes FC, the first goal was scored by Real Kashmir’s Basit in the 6th minute. A penalty kick was awarded to RKFC soon after which was expertly converted by Basit to double his team’s lead. The Snow Leopards took the 2:0 lead into the second half of the match. The Heroes on their part dominated the second half and were awarded a penalty which was successfully converted by Ifham Tariq.
The match hung in balance as Real Kashmir stoutly defended their slender lead against Downtown Heroes’ attacks till the very end. It ended 2:1 in favour of Real Kashmir (R) and Musaib of RKFC was awarded man of the match.
In the second match, the undefeated and top of the table, J&K Bank XI took on Lonestar Kashmir FC. The highly anticipated fixture saw Lonestar miss couple of glorious opportunities from the get-go. The Bank juggernaut however accepted the challenge and against the run of play took the lead through Akif Ahmad in the 25th minute. Player of the tournament, thus far, Akif lunged on to a cross for the goal.
The first half ended with Lonestar Kashmir trying their best to overturn the 1:0 deficit.
The second half of the match started on a similar note with the LKFC boys looking for an equalizer and crashing without success into J&K Bank’s defensive wall. The Bank team also created opportunities to double their lead but could not succeed.
A large number of spectators present at the TRC ground lauded both the teams for their efforts and footballing display. The match ended 1:0 in favour of J&K Bank XI. Inaam of Lonestar Kashmir FC was awarded man of the match.
Top two teams of the JKFA Professional League 2021 will get nominated to play in the 2021-22 season of Hero I-League 2nd Division. The tournament is organized by the Jammu & Kashmir Football Association in collaboration with JK Sports Council.
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