Lahore, 22 Dec: SSGC and HBL, two teams fighting for survival and still in danger of relegation, gathered vital points in Pakistan Premier Football League 2010. SSGC drew 0-0 with PEL at KPT – Benazir Sports Complex, West Wharf Road, Kharadar, Karachi while HBL struck last-ditch goal to draw 2-2 with PAF at Peoples Sports Complex, Mauripur Road, Lyari Town. Meanwhile, KPT missed many chances and suffered 0-1 defeat at the hands of KRL at KPT – Benazir Sports Complex, West Wharf Road, Kharadar, Karachi.
The match between two outfits who clinched the National Champions once in 80s, saw HBL snatching late goal to make it 2-2 against PAF. Kila Saif Ullah-born Nizam Uddin slammed both goals in the 13th and 82nd minute while in the same fashion Zakir Lashari replied with two goals in the 24th and 88th minute.
The architect of lone goal of KRL-KPT encounter were two Chaman-born players who represented Pakistan U23 team in 16th Asian Games at China. twenty minutes from time. Midfielder Mehmood Khan swept right-wing free-kick across the area and striker Kalim Ullah’s glancing header went over KPT keeper Ehsan Ullah and landed into right corner. Otherwise it was superb match for Ehsan, a product of PFF Youth Development and trained by famous International Muhammad Talib, who thwarted six real chances of KRL.
KRL first the first to settle down when in the third minute Rizwan Asif was wide while Mehmood’s over head kick went inches off right post in the 31st minute. Mehmood came close again in the 38th minute but Ehsan was active below the bar. KPT defended with determination and their first move appeared in the 44th minute but Muhammad Wasim’s drive went past keeper Ghulam Nabi.It was 0-0 at interval.
The second half saw KPT fumbled two real chance s in the 61st and 88th minute through Junaid Qadir, the son of RCD Cup 1970 skipper Qadir Bakhsh Putla while KRL, under skipper Samar Ishaq, did well to strike the all-important goal. They might have scored more goals in the second session but twice Rizwan Asif and once Yasir Afridi, Kalim Ullah saw their chances were blocked by Ehsan, second choice keeper to Muhammad Sajid.
Pakistan Premier Football League
(22 Dec) Fixture:
(KPT – Benazir Sports Complex, West Wharf Road, Kharadar, Karachi),
HBL 2 ( Zakir Lashari 2 – 24,88)
PAF 2 ( Nizam Uddin 2 – 13, 82)
(Peoples Sports Complex, Mauripur Road, Lyari Town)
KRL 1 ( Kalim Ullah 70)
(KPT – Benazir Sports Complex, West Wharf Road, Kharadar, Karachi)
23 Dec Fixture: PIA v Army (Peoples Sports Complex, Mauripur Road, Lyari Town 2.30 PM)