KARACHI: Former champions Army jumped to the third place after beating Chaman’s Muslim FC 2-0 in the 9th Pakistan Premier Football League on Wednesday, while PMC Athletico produced their first victory of the season by overwhelming Karachi Port Trust (KPT) 3-0.
In another game, the injury-infested Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) did a fine job by holding four-time former champions WAPDA to a 1-1 draw.
At the Army Stadium in Rawalpindi, Army, led by Jaffar Khan, showed great improvement and played with good rhythm to defeat Muslim FC, who before this game had shown remarkable results against departmental sides.
Ansar Abbas continued to impress with his splendid conversion rate putting soldiers ahead in the 20th minute. At half time, Army had 1-0 lead.
After the breather Muslim FC offered great resistance but Army struck again, this time on a penalty, as goalie Jaffar Khan made an easy goal from the spot in the dying moments. The victory brought Army to the third place, behind KESC and National Bank, with 21 points from 11 matches. This was the third defeat for Muslim FC who have 18 points from 13 appearances.
At the PMC Ground in Faisalabad, PMC Athletico, led by former Pakistan captain Haroon Yousuf, engineered their first triumph, overcoming KPT with an enviable ease.
Mohammad Usman put PMC Athletico on the front foot with a nice field effort in the 27th minute before defender Sufyan doubled their lead on the stroke of half time.
After the breather, PMC opted for defensive display, giving little room to the visitors to create opportunities.
The hosts added to the misery of KPT when they added to their tally through Haroon Yousuf who netted a goal just moments before the final whistle.
The win took PMC to nine points from 11 meetings while KPT trail at 15 points from 12 appearances.
KPT coach Mohammad Asif blamed poor refereeing for his team’s defeat. “You know here it becomes difficult for the visitors to perform as the refereeing standard in the game was too bad,” Asif told this correspondent.
At the Railways Stadium in Lahore, PIA came from one goal down to hold misfiring WAPDA to stretch their points tally to 15 from 11 games.
WAPDA got onto the scoresheet through Mohammad Ahmad in the 14th minute, but PIA bounced back in the 22nd minute through their key striker Shakir Lashari who had missed a few matches owing to an injury.
PIA coach Shamim Khan hailed his team’s effort. “The team played really well today,” Shamim told ‘The News’. “In the initial 75 minutes we were on top from every angle but in the last 20 to 25 minutes WAPDA put us in trouble with immense aggression but we were able to hold them,” the coach said.
By virtue of the single point WAPDA advanced to 17 points from 11 matches.
Today’s fixtures: PAF v Baloch FC (PAF Complex, Peshawar), ZTBL v Navy (Jinnah Stadium, Islamabad), KRL v HBL (Railways Stadium, Lahore), Wohaib Club v National Bank (UMT Ground, Lahore).
Source: The News
9th Pakistan Premier Football League-2012(9th PPFL-2012)
Match Results (Wednesday, October 10, 2012)
Match # 87
Army beat Muslim FC 2:0 @ 1530 PST @ Army Stadium, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Scorer Army: Ansar Abbas (MF) 1 Goal @ 20 Mnt and Jaffer Khan (GK) 1 Goal @ Penalty Kick @ 90+2 Mnt.
Yellow Card Muslim FC: Saeed Ahmed (FW) @ 63 Mnt and Hameed Ullah (DF) @ 90+1 Mnt.
Best Player: Jaffar Khan (GK) of Army
Best Scorer: Ansar Abbas (MF) of Army
Match Commissioner: Salah-ud-Din Cell # 0302-25932197
Match # 88
WAPDA Vs PIA 1:1 Draw @ 1530 PST @ Railway Football Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Scorer WAPDA: Muhammad Ahmed (MF) 1 Goal @ 16 Mnt.
Scorer PIA: Shakir Lashari (FW) 1 Goal @ 22 Mnt.
Yellow Card PIA: Ali Nawaz (MF) @ 81 Mnt and Abdul Ghafoor (MF) @ 86 Mnt.
Best Player: Abdul Rehman (MF) of WAPDA
Best Scorer: Shakir Lashari (FW) of PIA
Match Commissioner: Rasheed Mahmood Butt Cell # 0333-4349648
Match # 89
PMC Club Athletico Faisalabad beat KPT 3:0 @ 1530 PST @ PMC Football Ground, Faisalabad, Pakistan
Scorer PMC: Muhammad Usman (FW) 1 Goal @ 27 Mnt, Sufian (DF) 1 Goal @ 45 Mnt and Haroon Yousuf (FW) 1 Goal @ 90+1 Mnt.
Yellow Card PMC: Muhammad Usman (DF) @ 21 Mnt, Ibrar (MF) @ 49 Mnt and Ahmed Raza @ 70 Mnt.
Yellow Card KPT: Jamal-Ud- Din (FW) @ 30 Mnt, Ghulam Raza (DF) @ 41 Mnt and Muhammad Waseem (MF) @ 77 Mnt.
Best Player: Muhammad Usman (FW) of PMC
Best Scorer: Sufian (DF) of PMC
Match Commissioner: Naseem-ud-Din Cell # 0300-4694647
Tomorrow 9th PPFL-2012 Fixture :( Thursday, October 11, 2012)
Match # 90 PAF Vs Baloch FC @ 1500 PST @ PAF Complex Ground, Peshawar, Pakistan
Match # 91 ZTBL Vs Navy @ 1530 PST @ Jinnah Football Stadium, Islamabad, Pakistan
Match # 92 KRL Vs HBL @ 1530 PST @ Railway Football Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Match # 93 Wohaib FC Vs NBP @ 1530 PST @ UMT Football Ground, Lahore, Pakistan
|#||Team||MP||W||D||L||F||A||D||P||Last 5 matches||H2H|
|1||Karachi Electric||12||6||6||0||22||6||+16||24||D D D D W|
|2||National Bank||13||5||7||1||15||7||+8||22||L W D W D|
|3||Pakistan Army||11||6||3||2||12||3||+9||21||W W W D W|
|4||KRL||9||5||4||0||13||6||+7||19||W D D D D|
|5||Pakistan Air Force||11||5||3||3||14||9||+5||18||W W D W W|
|6||Muslim||13||4||6||3||12||14||-2||18||L W D L D|
|7||WAPDA||11||4||5||2||15||10||+5||17||D D L D W|
|8||Pakistan Airlines||11||3||6||2||8||6||+2||15||D D D D W|
|9||Karachi Port Trust||12||4||3||5||12||16||-4||15||L D W W D|
|10||Pakistan Navy||12||3||4||5||10||11||-1||13||L L D W D|
|11||Habib Bank||12||2||6||4||7||12||-5||12||W W D D D|
|12||PMC Athletico||10||1||6||3||10||10||+0||9||W L L D D|
|13||Afghan||9||2||1||6||7||12||-5||7||W L L L L|
|14||ZTBL||10||1||4||5||6||16||-10||7||L L W L D|
|15||Baloch||11||1||4||6||4||18||-14||7||L L L D D|
|16||Wohaib||9||0||4||5||4||15||-11||4||D D L L L|