MMS Memorial Football tournament
Srinagar: The third phase of the first Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (MMS) Memorial Football Tournament began on Thursday with J&K Bank Academy defeating Maharaja Sports by 3-1 in the first match of the round.
In the first high voltage match of the phase, JK Bank Academy defeated Mahraja Sports by three goals. The match proved a delight for thousands of spectators, who had converged to the venue to support their favourite teams, as both the teams displayed high quality skills.
As the play started the Bank players made a move to breach the defence lines of Maharaja Team and Zubair put his team ahead in just third minute of the match by scoring a goal. The lead gave a huge boost to the Bank players and they kept attacking the opposite goal post frequently. However, Maharaja players didn’t lose heart and made all out attacks on Bank goalpost. In the 35th minute of the play, Maharaja scored an equaliser and at the end of first half score line read 1-1.
In the second half, both the teams were eager to take early lead and in the process they played attacking football. However, for 20 minutes, forwards of none of the teams could breach the opposite defence lines. It was find of the season for Bank team, Ahteeb Shafi who finally managed to put his team ahead in 55th minute of the play. It put the defenders of Maharaja Team under tremendous pressure from which they couldn’t recover and the Bank Team managed to score another goal, and thus sealing the fate of the match. Zubair from Bank team was declared as player of the match for his brilliant performance. He was awarded Rs 1000 and a memento.
The first leg of the event, being organised by the JKFA under the auspices of State Sports Council and on the directions of All India Football Federation (AIFF).