Hundreds of enthusiastic football lovers turned up here today on an otherwise dull Sunday afternoon, to witness the first-ever I-League football match played in Kashmir.
The 2nd Division I-League match between the Valley’s LoneStar Kashmir Football Club (LKFC) and PIFA, Mumbai, played at TRC Ground, attracted a huge crowd on this cloudy afternoon as the stadium was jam-packed with many lovers of the game not able to find seats.
The opportunity to watch top level football players, along with the enthusiasm to support the home team, drew people from the city and other districts of the Valley to witness the game.
The boisterous home crowd was silenced early in the first half as the Mumbai club took the lead. The visitors led by a solitary goal at the breather.
However, the home team came out with purpose in the second half and scored two goals in quick succession to take the lead.
The LoneStars seemed to be coasting to a victory but an equaliser for the Mumbai club put a dampener on the enthusiasm of the partisan crown and the home team had to settle for a draw.
“This is for the first time that such a match is being played here. We are getting to watch many national and international-level footballers and it is also the first time that Kashmir is hosting an I-League match,” Muzammil Ahmad, a football enthusiast, who had come from central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district to watch the game, said. (AGENCIES)