Srinagar, April 24: Sports Council Football Academy while lifting the champions Trophy maintained their position on top of the points table in Youth League Football Championship-2022 played at TRC Synthetic Turf Srinagar which concluded on Friday.
As per the JKSC official owing to inclement weather during past couple of days which resulted in reschedule of cricket events. However, football matches played on the synthetic turf went ahead as per the schedule.
The final match of the league which was played between J&K Bank and Sports Council Football lived upto all the expectations as both teams took to the field with all guns blazing.
A must-win game for the J&K Bank colts to lay their hand on the coveted trophy and Sports Council FA had to do for denying their opponents any such chance.
The Sports Council FA defense guarded their goal post like a rock of Gibraltar and shrank all the chances of their opponents taking to earn an extra point from the game.
SCFA stuck to their game plan and settled for a draw which meant that the effort was enough to hand over them the championship badge.
It was a second straight championship title for SCFA colts this season who have been training under the watchful eyes of Javed Sofi, Football Coach J&K Sports Council.
Earlier in the evening, the penultimate match of the league between SCFA Bandipora and SCFA Baramulla went into the kitty of the latter, claiming the victory by a solitary goal. Baramulla SCFA colts by this win were placed in third place in the league.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P.K.Pole, presided over the function as the Chief Guest. On the occasion , he interacted with the players before the start of the match, stayed there till the end of the final match, and gave away prizes at the end to participants.
While appreciating the efforts of the Sports Council he said that organising such activities by providing ample opportunities to the youth, enabling them to showcase their talent is a welcome step and need of the hour.
"Football is a widely loved sport in J&K and has a huge potential to produce many best players for the national team," he said.
On the occasion Divisional Commissioner congratulated all the teams, players, and officials for taking part in the sports activities and hoped that they shall turn again for more similar events in the future.
Joint Secretary J&K Sports Council, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Divisional Sports Officer Kashmir, Nuzhat Farooq besides many other officials from Sports Council along with other officials from various departments were also present on the occasion.
Divulging the details of the League, Bashir Ahmad Bhat Joint Secretary, Sports Council said that 12 top teams across the valley participated in the league which featured more than 300 players and officials as well.
"The league was played in two venues, with Gani Memorial Stadium Downtown hosting 12 matches while 6 matches were played on Synthetic Turf TRC under floodlights," he informed.
He further informed that more such football leagues shall be organized in the future.
Meanwhile, the Tennis Ball Cricket matches slated to be held in Khrew and postponed due to wet weather were played yesterday after a delayed start due to showers in the afternoon. More than 40 tennis ball cricketers participated in the event.
The first match played between Jamia Eleven Tennis Ball Cricket Club and Eidgah Eleven Tennis Ball Cricket Club was won by the latter by 10 wickets.
Basit was the top scorer for Eidgah Eleven with 25 runs. He was awarded man of the match for his performance of scoring 25 runs and claiming 1 wicket. Despite intermittent pouring skies, a large number of spectators had reached the venue.
Local cricketers lauded the Sports Council for including Khrew in the reckoning for this special sports initiative and thanked the Sports Council for organizing such events for the youth of J&K and hoped more such events will be held in Khrew in the future as well.
Similarly, in the ongoing Spring, Shield T20 cricket tournament played in Nanil Anantnag, the second semi-final match was being played between BSM Mattan and GSM Mattan.
Earlier on, BSM Mattan elected to bat after winning the toss. They scored 148 runs for the loss of all 10 wickets in their allotted overs. Gowhar Pathan their consistent performer once again played a vital inning of 47 runs while Ishtiyaq Rasool contributed 25 runs by his bat to the team’s total.
Abid with 4 wickets leads the chart of successful bowlers for GSM Mattan in today’s game. The second inning was in progress when the report was being filed.
The winner of today's game will have face off with Pahalgam Blues in the final of the Spring Shield T20 Cricket Tournament at the same venue.
These events were part of the special sports initiative conducted by the J&K Sports Council across all the districts of the union territory of J&K.