Manang Marshyangdi and APF registered win

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Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club registered a 2-0 win over Jagadamba Lumbini Football Club in a Red Bull National league match played at ANFA Complex on Saturday.

In a match held at Laxmimarg Football Ground, Dagihat, Nepal APF Club defeated Buddha Air Morang FC by 4-1 after APF's skipper Ganesh Lawati scored a hat-trick. Lawati opened the scoring in the 21st minute of the match and doubled his personal and team's tally in the 43rd minute. Lawati completed his hattrick in the 47th minute to put the team 3-0 ahead. Anjan Bista scored the fourth goal for the team in 66th minute of the match. Nishan Limbu scored a consolation for Morang late in the 84th minute of the match.

In the match held at Satdobato, the first half ended goal less with both the teams not offering as much attacking flair as expected prior to the game. Lumbini sat back to hold the Manang team with 5 defenders and they succeeded in their approach.

The second half was different from the first with Manang producing even more chances. MMC's attempt to go up front finally paid off as Rupesh KC put the team in front with a well taken goal in the 55th minute. KC controlled the lofted pass from Dodoz with his left foot and chipped it towards the goal with his right after goalkeeper Dilip Chettri advanced to block the shot.

Manang kept on attacking on goal and Dodoz came close to score in the 71st minute. His effort from just inside the box deflected off defenders and hit the crossbar. Manang were close to double the lead in the first minute of injury time but Ravi Silwal cleared Anil Gurung's effort from goalline to keep the margin to 1. However on the fourth minute of injury time, Silwal failed to block Gurung's shot and Anil grabbed MMC's second goal to put the team 2-0 up. Anil received the ball from Bishal Rai and fired in the shot after couple of touches which beat both the defender and goalkeeper Dilip Chhetri.

Birthday boy Biraj Maharjan was adjudged the man of the match for his excellent performance throughout the game.