Mufti Mohammad Sayed Gold Cup
SRINAGAR: J&K Bank Academy football team down Iqra Football Club Bandipora by 2-1in the second phase of Mufti Mohammad Sayed Gold Cup League football tournament on Sunday at TRC ground.
With this win JK Bank Academy have qualified for the final round of the tournament which is scheduled to be held in February.
J&K bank Academy team dominated the proceedings from the outset of the first half and makes several moves from both the flanks, Bank team opened the account when striker Ateeb Shafi Dar put the ball in the net and Bank doubled the lead when Dar strike again scoring his second goal of the game.
Iqra FC made several moves to score the equaliser but the strong defence of Bank thwarted their every move and the score-line remained 2-1 in favour of Bank team when the final whistle blew.
In the semi-final which proved a one-sided affair. The Bank Academy demolished the Budgam team by a whopping margin of six goals to nil. Right from the start of the play, the Bank players dominated the match and kept the ball moving in opposite half.
Farhan scored a hat-trick for the winning team while Amir, Zahid and Ateeb Shafi scored one goal each. The defenders of Budgam team were helpless before the quality football displayed by the Bank players. The gulf between the two teams was visible throughout the match as Budgam team failed to score even once.
Divisional Sports Officer J&K State Sports Council, Nuzhat Ara was the Chief Guest on the prize distribution ceremony and distributed the trophies among the teams. The winning team also received a cash price of Rs.50000.
The coach of the winning team Manzoor Ahmed Dar appreciated his team and praised the efforts put by the team through out the tournament. Dar said that the players of the Academy are the future of the state football and they will try to give their best in the final round of the League.
The event is being held across the 22 districts of the state and is being organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) under the auspices of State Sports Council.