KARACHI: Only an incredible goal-swing in the last round of matches would prevent Karachi United from reaching the final round of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Cup.
United virtually sealed their passage through from Group ‘II’ after they thrashed Sindh Government Press (SGP) 4-0 at the KPT Stadium on Sunday while Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) kept their hopes alive when Wajid Abdul Wahid’s goal deep into stoppage time saw them eke past Pakistan Police 3-2.
Having hammered GPA 4-1 in their opening match, United are firmly in control of the group after first-half goals from Ali Raza and Fazal Mohammad and second-half strikes from Mohammad Junaid and Ahsan Usman saw them rout SGP, who are now out of contention after losing 2-1 to Police in their first game.
Police had almost sealed their spot in the final round alongside United, who they play in the final round of matches on Tuesday, when Sher Zaman levelled the game against GPA in the final minute but Wajid struck in the fifth minute of injury time to snatch victory.
Pervez Pehchan had put GPA 2-1 ahead in the 75th minute at the KMC Stadium after Sher Hassan had levelled matters late in the first half for Police following the opener from Barkat Mian.
It now means that only a very heavy defeat for United in their final game would see GPA and Police advance at their expense.
Matches of Group ‘IV’ in Islamabad finally kicked off at Jinnah Stadium following heavy rains in the capital with Bhatti United playing a goalless draw against Pakistan Television while Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) won 3-1 against Higher Education Commission (HEC). Shazad Mehmood, Sada Bahar and Umer Farooq hit one goal each for SNGPL while Danial struck the consolation goal for HEC.
At KMC Stadium here on Monday (today), Ashraf Sugar Mills face SSGC. At Lahore, Railways meet IAGTC and Falcon Company lock horns with Saif Textiles at Fame FC Ground.
additional info from Riaz Ahmed:
PFF CUP 2016
Sindh Govt Press (0)
Gwadar Port Authority defeated Police 3-2
GPA (3) : Barkat Mian 24, Pervez Pehchan 75, Wajid Abdul Wahid 90+5
Police (2) : Sher Hassan 43 free kick, Sher Zaman 90
Two matches have been played at Islamabad of Group IV at JINNAH STADIUM
Bhatti United and PTV goalless at full time
SNGPL 3 : Shazad Mehmood 5, Sada Bahar 54, Umer Farooq 90
HEC (1) : Danial 35
Fixture for 1st February
KMC Stadium : ASM vs SSG at 3:30 pm
Railways vs IAGTC at Fame Club, Model Town, 11:45 am