Srinagar, Oct 24: Continuing its supremacy in the field of State football, JK Forest-XI football team lifted the JK Bank Super-League 2012 title, defeating their archrival in the final played at Polo Ground here on Wednesday.
 In the match, which was watched by thousands of football crazy fans, JK Forest beat JK Bank by 1-0 through second half winner scored by Shahid Mushtaq.
 It was the second game played between the two top sides of the State within the gap of two weeks. In the match, JK Forest gave undefeated JK Bank shocker by 1-0. In that perspective, the final clash on Wednesday for JK Bank was both matter of pride and regaining the supremacy in the State football that it once dominated.
 Contrary to expectations, JK Forest dominated the game from the start and was able to push Bank line-up on the defence. Despite getting numerous chances to score, Forest strikers were not able to find net. They should have scored at least three goals in the first half but were not able to capitalise on chances they got.
 In the second half, though JK Bank improved its game, still it was Forest-XI who were the dominant side. In the 65th minute, Shahid Mushtaq managed to convert one fine pass into the goal for Forest-XI and they turned out as the only goal scored during the match. After that JK Bank tried hard but was not able to score an equaliser. Forest-XI won the match by 1-0 and lifted the JK Bank Super-League 2012 title. Last year the league title was lifted by JK Police.
 Inspector General of Police,Armed, Kashmir Range, Rouf-ul-Hassan was the chief guest on the occasion while JK Bank Executive President, Taffazul Hussain, JK Bank secretary Sports board MA Khan, JKFA former general secretary, BA Malik, former international footballers, Abdul Majeed Kakroo, Muhammad Yousuf Dar and Muhammad Shafi Nari were among other guests present.
 JK Forest coach, Showkat Masoodi and manager Imtiyaz Ahmad were all praise for their team and termed it one of the biggest win for its team.
 “It is great to see boys rising to the occasion outplaying side like JK Bank. They reserved their best for the final and proved again that our team is best in the State arena,” said Imtiyaz Ahmad.
 “Our strategy was simple. We focussed on our game that is go for the attack and that worked for us. JK Bank were surprised to see surprised to see our team getting on offence from the start. That worked for the team and we emerged as winners,” said Showkat.
 Despite having being performing regularly both in state and outside state, JK Forest players are still working as contractual employees in the department. Though they were promised by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah about their regularisation but still they have been in the same situation.
 “We have been giving our best from last four years but there is no encouragement from the Government side. Despite Chief Ministers promise to regularise our service we are still working as contractual,” said one the players.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST

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