From our Lahore Correspondent
Youngsters Fahad and Rashid scored two goals each as Real Lahore beat Lahore City 4-2 in the DFA League Lahore ‘A’ Division at the Punjab Stadium, Lahore.
Real Lahore went into the game wanting all 3 points after drawing 1-1 in their last game with Bata F.C. on Sunday. Lahore City wish to top the division as well and their players were to go all out to impress the watching Hafiz Salman Butt.
The game started with Real enjoying good possession. But a goal-keeping mistake from their inexperienced 2nd choice goalie gave City the lead as Fawad’s tame shot went into the back of the net through the goal-keepers hand.
At 30 minutes Real Lahore’s sharp tactician and Punjab University Football Coach Mr. Sajjad introduced his young and pacy no. 9 Fahad into the frame, and he repaid his coaches faith immediately by scoring a lob over veteran City keeper Zahid to get the scores level at 1-1.
Real Lahore’s Captain & Man of the match Subhan then played through Rashid at the stroke of half time who made no mistake to put Real 2-1 up at the interval.
The next half saw Lahore City pulling one back as Usman scored with a neat finish. The Real number 1 made immense for his earlier error as he brilliantly kept out a long range swirling drive from 30 yards out. The game was tight but Real’s short passing game prevailed over City’s counter-attacking style and speedy forwards Fahad and Rashid scored a goal each again to ensure Real Lahore get all 3 points.
When asked about his 2 goals 17 year old youngster Fahad said, ”Its was the confidence that helped me score the two goals. I never fear missing, that can happen when you try but the only thing is think about is finding the back of the net.”
Coach Sajjad praised his sides discipline and quality, ”My squad has all youngsters in it, all are 16-22 year old boys. We were missing 2 of our best players today but we still managed the win. You can see the sports man spirit, the discipline and the tactical awareness my boys have. This makes my team perform well. They are seldom seen doing extravagant celebrations but are humble, this speaks of their character! We are going all out for the A division title.”
Lahore City FC captain said the squad put their all for the game but due to hard luck couldn’t get a win or a draw. He expects the team to improve in the coming games.
FPDC SCOUT: The Real Lahore team is full of youngsters and they play a good passing game with good tactical awareness. Some of their players can be moulded into really, really good national team level players. Some are even u-15, u-17 internationals.