Irfan Memorial held 0-0 by Dilbod in Engro League

The 2012 All-Karachi Engro Vopak Football League 2012 saw a cagey yet scoreless encounter between Irfan Memorial (Landhi) and Dilbod Mohammadan (Malir) at Jam Stadium in Malir, Karachi yesterday 2 Feb 2012.

Dilbod Mohammadan’s goalkeeper Muhammad Hashim was in top form as he denied Irfan Memorial strikers every time they came close to breaking the deadlock. Hashim was given the Rs 500 Man of the Match prize by ex-international player Mirza Amanullah Baig at the end of the game.

Both sides played aggressively the entire match, forcing referee Naseer Umar to hand out 3 yellow cards to each team, as well as sending off M Zubair (Irfan Memorial) and Sunny Ghani (Dilbod Mohammadan) for red card offences during the game. Dilbod’s Haider Ali was suspended for the next game following his second yellow card of the league, before which he was booked during his side’s win over tournament organisers FC Rovers (Malir Cantt).

Irfan Memorial dominated the 1st half, with their strikers Abdullah, Ayaz Samoo, Fazal Baloch, and Shahbaz Samoo coming close to scoring from passes provided by midfielders Zahoor Ahmed, Naveed Ahmed, and Farhan Khan. But Dilbod Mohammadan’s defence of Bilawal Malang, Waheed Baloch, and Faisal Karim, as well as star goalkeeper M Hashim denied the opposition time and again.

In 2nd half, Dilbod Mohammadan themselves went on the offensive as captain Adil Noor, Allah Bakhsh, Abdul Sattar, and Haider Ali came close but Irfan Memorial’s goalkeeper Kamran Khan, and defenders M Afzal, Ali Khurram Shehzad, M Azhar stopped them from scoring.

At the end, the match finished 0-0 with both sides gaining a point each in Group A standings. Referees were Naseer Umar, Khalid Mumtaz Jami, Babar Khan, 4th official Arif Hameed, match commissioner Abdul Karim, and medical aid Shahjehan Baloch.

On Saturday, 4 Feb 2012, fellow venue hosts Baloch FC Malir face Mauripur Brothers.