KARACHI - KRL and KESC carved out easy wins over their respective rivals and booked places in the semi finals of KPT National Football Challenge Cup here at the KPT football stadium on Monday.

KESC defeated National Youth A  3-1 in the third quarter final after the losers missed three sitters before going down. M Rasool netted all the three winning goals for KESC for his second hat trick of the championship.

In the fourth quarter finals KRL clinched 3-0 verdict against host KPT with Rizwan Asif recording hat=trick for the winners in a lacklustre contest before a small crowd.

The semi finals will be played on March 21 Wednesday after a rest day today (Tuesday). Pakistan Navy will meet KRL in the first semi final and KESC face Wapda in the second.

The winning margin that KESC who lost in the final of the last year’s edition of the championship, build up against National Youth A was not true reflection of the tough fight that the losers had put up against a stronger opponent.

Whereas Youth A missed the target time and again, KESC’s Muhammad Rasool hit the bull’s eye every time he had a shot at the goal. After a barren first session KESC started scoring with M Rasool drawing the first blood in 47th minute. Later he twice hit the target within in a span of six minutes to complete his second hat trick of the championship.He made the score 2-0 in 73rd minute and six minutes later he again bulged opponents net to complete the score line.

The fourth quarter final was dull and insipid affair between a stronger KRL and a weaker KPT.

Shortly after kick-off KRL took the lead through Rizawn Asif, who scored his first of the three goals in the 8th minute. Just before the short time KRL doubled that advantage .Rizwan again was the scorer. His third goal that completed his hat trick came in 55th minute.