LAHORE: Karachi Port Trust (KPT) failed to gain advantage from early goal and drew 1-1 with Karachi Electric Supply Corporation ( KESC) at Peoples Stadium, Karachi in the 170th encounter of Pakistan Premier Soccer League 2008. Earlier, the first leg was also drawn game between two teams which was locked 2-2 at CDGK stadium on 8 October.
KPT today became 11th team to go out of contention, leaving the event wide open for three horses as was the case in previous four editions: KRL, WAPDA and Army. KPT completed their quota of 26 matches with 45 points having 13 wins, six draws and goal counts 39-32. KESC, who will take on relegation-fear Pakistan Steel on 2 December at same venue in their 26th and last match, collected 30 points from 25 outings.
The Portmen were the first to settle down and landed the opener in the third minute when winger Zahid Ahmed struck his seventh goal of the event, capitalizing on defence-splitting pass of skipper Naseer Ahmed to steer the ball past keeper Muhammad Omar. It could have been another goal for KPT but Shahid Saleem miscued the hit off Abdul Rehman’s pass in the 8th minute. Seven minutes later, Zahid failed to utilize Naseer’s pass.
KESC forced three chances in the 20th, 28th and 35th minute. First Lal Muhammad Lalo, skipper of Pakistan in ECO tournament 1993 at Tehran, saw his drive fail to beat keeper Sajid Hussain after finework by Javed Hamza. Then came Hamza’s drive that went wide off target while Abdul Ghafoor failed to get advantage when Lalo curled the ball in from left.
KESC’s repeated onslaught earned them the leveler in the 43rd minute when Sohail Ishaq became 123rd goal-getter of the event. He raced onto Hamza’s through pass, side-footed two defenders before sweeping the ball past keeper. It was 1-1 at interval. The second half remained confined to midfield and both keepers faced no problem during 45-minute play-SANA