By R. Elahi
SRINAGAR: Two matches of the JKFA Khyber Premier Division League 2021 were played Monday at Synthetic Turf TRC here.
The Premier Division’s league round is nearing its end stages as the 16 teams, divided into two groups of 8 teams each, have completed 5 to 6 matches. Each team has to play 7 matches in total.
J&K Police XI lead Group A with 15 points, followed by Downtown Heroes FC with 14. Both the teams have played 7 matches. Third-ranked AG’s XI has 10 points from 5 games and will look to climb to the top of the Group A table.
The first Premier League match on Monday was a Group A clash between Ali Jana FC and Real Kashmir FC (Reserves). Both teams were playing their final league stage matches, and a win was equally important for both to stay in the upper half of the table. Many fans expected a hard-fought victory for RKFC (R). However, Ali Jana blew the Snow Leopards away by winning 4-1.
Shafqat of AJFC scored the first goal in the 11th minute. In the 24th minute, Yasir doubled AJFC lead. The first half ended 2-0 in favour of AJFC. In the 2nd half, Shayik of AJFC scored his team’s third goal in 45th minute, and in the 75th minute, Raghav made it 4-0 for his team. RKFC scored a late consolation goal from Zahid.
The second Premier Division League 2021 match was played between Food & Supplies (F&S) XI and Iqbal Sports FC. The match was won by F&S XI by a solitary goal. Shariq scored the game’s only goal in the 15th minute. Waseem of F&S XI was named man of the match.
The game was a Group B clash between its bottom two teams. Leading Group B is J&K Bank XI with 15 points from 6 games. Following them in second is ARCO FC with 11 points from 6 games. Kashmir Avengers FC are in third position, having played 5 matches and taking 10 points from them.
The Premier Division will soon enter its knockout stages and all the teams and fans are gearing up for the battles ahead.
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