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FcR aginst Army Air Defense Malir – 3 Match Series

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FC Rovers played a series of 3 matches against Army Air Defense unit at Air Defense Training complex in Malir Cantt earlier this month.

1st match : In first match the line up was. 1.noman khan 2.Shayan (shani) (debut) 3.tehseen ghaffar 4.osama Noor 5.mooze ur rehman (debut) 6.abdur rehman 7.abdullah (lefty) 8.sami irfan 9.shahrukh khan 10.akram bhatti 11.waqar Hussain. Subs 12.maaz khan 13.radu 14.usman javed 15.Areeb farhan

As the match started rovers dominated possession made good chances but couldn’t convert in the first 10 min of game. The army team read the game and started man marking which slowed the game for rovers but still maintained good possession of the ball. In the 21st a through ball found Abdullah for one on one with the keeper but couldn’t capitalize. In the 26th minute Waqar put the ball in the net with an easy tap in. The army team started putting in long balls to break the defense but were denied by Tehseen and Osama at the back. In the 2nd half Radu, Areeb.F, Maaz Khan and Usman Javed were subbed in. The Army team looked confident putting in long balls with the wind were in their favor. Rovers defense maintained a high line but in 17th minute of the second half the army team got their breakthrough. Rovers responded quickly in 19th minute of the second half making the score 2-1. Army team maintained pressure on defense via crosses and earned a corner which poorly was defended as A. Rehman gave the ball away at top of the D and the Air Defense team equalized in the dying minutes of the second half.

The match ended in a draw.

2nd Match:

In the second match the line up was. 1.abdullah Hameed, 2.moeez ur rehman, 3.talha zubairy,
4.Osama Noor, 5.shayan (shani), 6.Areeb farhan, 7.sami irfan, 8.talha bin zahid, 9.akram Bhatti, 10.abdur rehman, 11.areeb Zaidi subs. 12.harris azeem, 13.maaz khan, 14.waqar Hussain, 15.khawaji (Guest), 16.Raad us salam, 17.tehseen ghaffar, 18.usman javed, 19.Raza Ali, 20.shahrukh khan

Despite the huge line up Rovers could not perform as expected and the match didn’t start well for them as they conceded a goal very early into the match. Rovers scored one by the help of Areeb Zaidi. As the match restarted the Army team started pressing and played long balls. Rovers also created chances in the game but couldn’t convert them. A poor decision by the referee led to a penalty for the Army team and they equalized as the score stood at 2-1. Rovers responded well and started to hold the ball made runs through their defense but didn’t finish and time ran out.

The match ended in a 2-1 loss.

3rd match:

In the third match the line up was. 1.Abdulla hamid, 2.hammad riaz, 3.tehseen ghaffar, 4.usman javed, 5.Osama Noor, 6.Abdur rehman, 7.Waqar Hussain, 8.Hamza shahid, 9.shahrukh khan,
10.Raza ali, 11.Areeb Zaidi subs. 12.Raad us salam, 13.Akram Bhatti, 14.Areeb Farhan, 15.Ahsan Aziz (guest)

Rovers were determined and pumped as this was the last match of the series and also wanted to redeem themselves after losing the last match. Rovers dominated in passing and in winning aerial balls from the start. An early chance fell for Raza Ali but he failed to capitalize. The Army team was looking slow as compared to last match and were giving away possession cheaply. The score stood at 0-0 at the end of the first half.

Rovers held possession and made the army team work hard for the ball in the second half. Areeb scored from an assist from Waqar in the 24th minute of the 2nd half. An easy finish for Areeb Zaidi to put Rovers ahead.

The match ended 1-0 as the series ended in draw with both the teams winning a match a piece.

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