J&K Bank, Kashmir Avengers Enter Premier League Finals

Avengers defeat AG’s 2-0, Bank wins 2-0 against Police

SRINAGAR: In the two JKFA Khyber Premier Division League 2021 semifinal matches on Monday, Kashmir Avengers FC and J&K Bank XI booked their places in the finals of the competition. The two blockbuster match ups were played at Synthetic Turf, TRC here.

The first semifinal match between Kashmir Avengers FC and J&K Accountant General’s (AG’s) XI saw the tournament’s two surprise packages go head to head. While the first half ended 0-0 in the closely fought contest, the Avengers came trumps in the 55th minute of the second half through their foreign recruit, Kelvin Kollie.

The AG’s XI created several chances but their forwards failed to convert any of them. Kashmir Avengers came into the match having conceded 0 goals in their previous 3 games. With another strong display at the back, KAFC managed to double their lead in the 75th minute through Liyaqat. The full time whistle blew at 2-0 in favour of the Avengers. Liyaqat of KAFC was named Player of the Match for his brilliant performance.

In the second semifinal, tournament favourites J&K Bank took on the gritty J&K Police XI. The Bank team came into the match low on morale after two back-to-back losses in the league stage round of the competition. And when the first half ended 0-0, the Police XI side sensed an opportunity.

However, as is the case with all great teams, J&K Bank bounced back in the second half to prove why they are the best in Jammu and Kashmir. Bank’s goal-scoring machine Aakif Reshi struck first in the 50th minute.

Trailing by one goal, J&K Police players launched several counter attacks, but the Bank’s goalkeeper ensured no damage was done. In the dying moments, Furqan doubled J&K Bank’s lead to end match 2-0 in their favour. Farhan Ganai was declared Player of the Match.

Kashmir Avengers and J&K Bank XI will now play on Wednesday, November 10 to decide the Premier Division League 2021 champions.


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