PAF edge Lyallpur

KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) defeated Faisalabad’s Lyallpur FC 2-1 in the Pakistan Premier Football League at the Model Town Football Academy Ground in Lahore on Saturday.

The victory helped PAF stretch their points tally to six from three outings. They had defeated Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) 3-0 before losing their second game against Army 1-0.

“I am not satisfied with the team’s performance today,” PAF coach Mohammad Arshad told ‘The News’. “We should have won it by at least five to six goals. We missed a lot of chances,” said Arshad, a former international.

After 15 minutes PAF were awarded a penalty but Mohammad Sher’s kick from the spot was acrobatically gathered by Lyallpur FC’s goalie Mujahid.

In the 31st minute they got another penalty and this time their experienced striker Irfan Ali made no mistake to provide lead to his team.

Three minutes later Arif Nawaz, playing upfront, doubled their lead with a nice chip. At half time PAF were leading 2-0.

After the breather Lyallpur FC, who had nine players belonging to WAPDA’s surplus pool, opted for more aggression and were able to reduce the deficit through Naeemullah in the 62nd minute.

In the last few minutes a grueling fight was witnessed but neither side managed to add to their tally.

Lyallpur FC, who have made their debut this season, are being coached by Mohammad Habib, who belongs to WAPDA.

Today’s fixtures: HBL v PIA (KPT Stadium, Karachi), Army v WAPDA (Model Town Football Academy Ground, Lahore).

from: The News