The first of its kind night football tournament ‘Chinar Cup’ held by DPS Srinagar in corroboration with APS Srinagar was formally thrown open on Friday late evening.
The spokesman in a statement said that the two matches were played under the lights, opening a glorious chapter in the sport’s history of the state.
“In the first fixture, DPS Srinagar squared against Sanctorum School Sopore. It was a one-sided fixture which showcased the striking power of team DPS. One after another, six goals were scored by DPS while their defense kept Sanctorum from scoring,” he said.
“Goals were scored by Ayaan Sheikh in the 20th minute, Musaib Javid in the 25th and 52nd minute, Kamil Wani in the 30th minute, Musaib Javid in the 42 minutes and Hassan Darwesh in the 55th minute. In the other fixture, Green valley school defeated APS Srinagar by a solitary goal scored by Nehal in the 50th minute,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, a ceremony had been held to open the proceedings. In his welcome address, the Principal welcomed the guests and spoke about the initiative.
He said “At DPS Srinagar we always believe in service before self. Once again, we are at the forefront of an initiative to contribute back to the society.”
He then administered the oath to the participating teams to uphold the spirit of sportsmanship. The tournament was formally thrown open by the Chief Guest Lt Gen AK Bhatt GOC 15 Corps.
He was accompanied by a posse of officers which included Maj Gen SK Sharma COS, 15 Corps. The Chief Guest congratulated the school for the initiative.
Addressing the teams, he said “I sincerely hope the tournament gives you the experience of a lifetime. I only wish I were young enough to play with you.”
“The school achieves the commendable distinction of being the first school in the entire country to have a fully lit school ground to allow play at night. The tournament features a total of 16 teams divided into two groups. Each team will play a team from its own group in a knockout format. Two matches will be played every day and the final of the tournament will be held on 16th September 2018,” the spokesman in a statement said.