LAHORE Leading scorer of 2005 Pakistan Premier Football League, Imran Hussain steered dying seconds goal as Army laboured to 1-0 win over Pakistan Air Force at Army Sports Complex, Rawalpindi. It was 92nd clash of Pakistan Premier Football League that saw Army outpacing Navy as it occupied third place in the table after KRL (33 pts) and WAPDA (32 pts). It was the first of the two legs between two services teams within six days who have the honour of winning national title. The PAF will host the second leg at PAF Complex, Islamabad on 25 October. National champions in 1993, 1995, 2005, 2006, the soldiers started the game with more purpose in their play, immediately pushing airmen on their heels. In the 4th minute, Sharjeel Vicky received a great pass from Jaffar Ali but missed the opportunity to open the scoring. Under Qazi Asifs coaching, PAF seemed to have trouble reacting and did not threaten the defense of Jaffar Khan-led team for a while. But in the 26th minute their winger Irfan Ali had a fine opportunity but former Pakistani skipper Jaffar Khan foiled his attempts. Jaffar Ali and Vicky forced two fine opportunities in first session but PAF keeper Mehraj Khaliq stopped them. In the second session, Army held superiority in midfield, forcing the newly-promoted team to start their run from far away or to rely on deep balls easily intercepted by the Army defense. Momentum started to shift halfway through the period and Jaffar Khan in the Army goal was called into action. Two Shahkot-born players Mudassar Wasim and Irfan Ali came close but their final touches were not upto the mark in the 65th and 76th minute. With the 1986 national champions increasing their pace, the game also became rougher and the referee had to use the cards to try and cool down the tempers. The PAF were stretched at time but held their defensive structure well, efficiently thwarting all the Army attempts to get close enough for a shot at goal. But with the tie heading for scoreless draw, Vicky could only turn a back-post cross into the penalty area and Samundri-born international striker Imran showed superb technique to guide his tricky half-volley home. Army had collected 29 points from 13 matches while PAF recorded 15 points from same number of matches. Wednesday (Oct 21) Fixture : KPT v Afghan FC (KPT - Benazir Sports Complex, West Wharf Road, Kharadar, Karachi 4 PM) , PIA v Nushki Baloch FC (Korangi Baloch Stadium, Sharafi, Karachi 4 PM).