State Football League-2017
Srinagar: SK Pora FC, Real Wanpora FC, Pattan Zone and Fort View FC won their respective final matches of district/zone leagues in the ongoing State Football League-2017.
All the four final matches were played Sunday at Synthetic Turf, TRC in Srinagar.
The first final of the day started at 10 am between SK Pora FC and Syed FC. With no team able to score in the allotted time, the match was decided in a tie breaker. While SK Pora FC succeded in coverting three kicks into goals, Syed FC players could convert only two.
The second final between Real Wanpora FC and Qaimoh FC, too was decided by tie breaker. In the tie breaker Wanpora FC prevailed over Qaimoh FC.While Wanpora FC scored four goals the losing team could convert only two kicks into goals. The final result was 4-2 in favour of Wanpora FC.
The third final of the day, which started at 1 pm, broke the jinx of no goals scored in the allotted time with the winning team – Zone Pattan – scoring five goals while the losers Ziya FC scoring two. The high speed and the quality of the football displayed by both the teams enthralled the spectators.
After scoring first goal in the initial minutes of the match, Zone Pattan team never looked back. They kept the pressure on the defence lines of the opposite team throughout the match and were able to score five times. However, in between Ziya FC forwards also managed to breach the defence lines of Pattan team twice to reduce the margin of victory to 5-2.
The last final of the day, which started at 3 pm, between Fort View FC and Novelty FC turned out to be the match of the day. Fort View team scored two goals in the first half of the match and kept the defenders of the opposite team under sustained pressure, the Novelty FC players bounced back in the second half and score a lone goal.
When the referee blew the final whistle, it was 2-1 in favour of Fort View FC. Both these teams have qualified for Super Division League for next year after they finished as first two toppers in the A Division League.
The finals of the League tournaments were organised by the respective District/Zone Associations by J&K Football Association from August to October 2017. 25 to 60 teams participated in each tournament. The finals were played in Srinagar with a view to provide an opportunity to players from remote areas to play at the Synthetic Turf. Secretary Sports Council Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed prizes among the winning and runner up teams.
The State Football League-2017 is being organised by the J&K Football Association (JKFA) in all 22 districts of the state to unearth the hidden talent. More than 500 football teams and clubs with over 12000 players and over 1500 team officials are participating in the mega event, first of its kind in the history of J&K football.