- Published on Friday, 18 September 2015 05:11
Nawayug Shrestha stole the show in the Red Bull A Division National League on Thursday with a hat-trick as Tribhuvan Army Club earned a convincing 3-0 win over Nepal Police Club in at the artificial turf of ANFA Complex, Satdobato.
The winger netted in the 15th minute, 65th minute and in the stoppage time as Army earned a comfortable win over its archrival to join Three Star Club at the second position in the standings.
Besides Three Star and Army, APF also has equal 14 points, three behind leader Jhapa. However, APF stands fourth on the basis of inferior goal difference to Army and head-to-head rule against Three Star. Army and APF have both played eight matches while Three Star has a match advantage over them. Meanwhile, leader Jhapa has played nine matches. The fourth defeat of injury-plagued Police left it unchanged at the seventh place with eight points.
"The match between Police and Army is always a tough match. But we had the advantage of absence of key players of Police. However, second-choice players of Police played very well," said Army Coach Meghraj KC during the post-match conference.
In the one-sided affair, Nawayug gave an early lead to Army in the 15th minute. He headed in cross from an acute angle from defender Hiranya Magar as the ball crossed the goalline beyond the reach of second-choice goalie Roshan Khadka.
Coming up without its five first-choice players - skipper Jumanu Rai, Bhola Silwal, Rabin Shrestha, Ritesh Thapa and Suman Subedi - in the starting line-up due to injury, Police conceded the second goal midway through the second half.
Nawayug sprinted with the ball after he collected a clever pass from Nepali international Raju Tamang and beat goalie Roshan from close range. Two minutes after conceding the second goal, Police fielded regular skipper-cum-forward Jumanu, who is yet to recover fully, in place of Hem Tamang. However, he failed to make any noticeable impact in the match.
Nawayug completed his hat-trick in the fourth minute of stoppage time when he comfortable lobbed the ball past advancing goalie after collecting a pass from Santosh Tamang.
Nepal Police coach Birat Krishna Shrestha said that the injuries of his key players cost the team dear. He also informed that recovery of first-choice goalie Ritesh and Nepali international duo Bhola and Rabin would take some time. "I took risk by fielding Jumanu in the second half. He is yet to recover fully," said the coach, adding, "We tried to keep ball possession but there were lots of miss passes."content: republica
- Published on Thursday, 17 September 2015 01:38
League leader Jhapa XI FC was held to a goalless draw by Morang FC played at the Laxmi Marga ground in Dangihati, Biratnagar.
Morang FC prevented leader Jhapa to move five points clear in the standings. The result left Jhapa with 17 points, three ahead of second placed Three Star Club which has played two matches less. While Morang FC lies in 8th place with nine games played with 5 draws and 4 loss with 5 points.
- Published on Thursday, 17 September 2015 00:52
Far Western FC came from behind to beat 10-man Lumbini FC 3-1 on Wednesday during the Red Bull A Division National League 2015 held at ANFA ground, Satdobato.
FWFC netted all three goals after the break as it overturned a goal deficit to beat Lumbini FC which was reduced to 10-man in the early second half. Biswas Shrestha was sent off in the 54th minute after he saw yellow twice within two minutes.
FWFC coach Kiran Shrestha expressed satisfaction with his team's performance and opined that the team is slowly gaining its rhythm. "The performance in the first half was poor but the boys did well in the second half," he said.
Earlier, FWFC however, could not make a bright start after Hemanta Thapa Magar wasted spotkick awarded in the 12th minute. Lumbini custodian Dilip Chhetri made an impressive dive at the right to save Hemanta's penalty awarded after Bimal Gharti Magar was fouled inside the danger zone.
Lumbini took the lead in the 25th after Kamal Shrestha and Bishwas paired perfectly. Kamal placed the ball inside the net after exchanging one-to-one passes from the inner edge of the zone while advancing goalie-cum-skipper was already beaten.
Despite ending the first half with a goal deficit, Far Western bounced back after the interval with U-19 sensation Bimal restoring the parity in the 53rd minute through spotkick. Lumbini was punished with the spotkick after defender Kalu Thapa handled the ball inside the zone. A minute later, Lumbini got reduced to 10 men after second booking of Bishwas. FWFC capitalized on the numerical advantage to score six minutes from time. Sudhan Thapa struck at the far post after being fed by Tejendra Pun although the opponent goalkeeper got his hand on the ball.
Dinesh Rajbanshi sealed the victory in the fading moments as he headed Amit Tamang's freekick sending the ball at the far post leaving the goalie clueless.
Lumbini coach Yam Gurung said that they failed to play to their full potential. He also expressed dissatisfaction over the referee's decision for awarding penalty which helped FWFC earn the equalizer. "It was a 50/50 ball and the equalizer through penalty became the turning point of the match," said Gurung.
The second win from nine matches lifted FWFC to sixth position with 10 points while Lumbini remained at the rock bottom with four points from equal number of matches.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:27
Three Star Club earned a convincing 4-1 win over high-flying Armed Police Force (APF) Club in ongoing Red Bull National League on Tuesday.
Jagjeet Shrestha was on target twice for Three Star at the artificial turf of ANFA Complex, Satdobato denying the departmental team climbing atop the points table. Bijay Gurung and African player Segun also added one goal each.
The result puts Three Star in second place with 14 points from seven matches, two points adrift of leader Jhapa FC but with a match advantage. APF meanwhile dropped to third with equal 14 points but has played one match more than Three Star.
"I am extremely happy to start the campaign with win," said coach Tamang, who replaced Anajan KC from Three Star owing to latter's personal reason. Tamang who also played from Three Star player from 2006 to 2009 said that he decided to grasp the coaching opportunity though he was nervous after being offered the job at his former team. "I was nervous when Three Star offered me the job. Three Star is a star-studded side and I mainly focused on physical fitness in short period of 10 days," he said.
In the evenly-contested affair, Three Star boasting of nearly half a dozen Nepali international and three African players took the lead in the 10th minute. African recruit Segun Eyityato paired perfectly with Bikram Limbu to convert from the zone.
Heman Gurung hit back the equalizer in the 21st minute after Nepali international goalie Kiran Chemjong dropped his freekick letting it pass the goalline. Jagjeet, however, restored Three Star's lead in the 37th minute after he was left unmarked in the zone. He collected Afeez Alawale's pass and volleyed in from close range.
Bijay widened the goal difference in the 59th minute after being fed by Bikram Lama, who collected Sandeep Rai's freekick.
APF's coach Krishna Thapa said that conceding goals in regular interval became a setback for the team. "The goals scored by Three Star help them control the match. Though we had equal ball possession they created better goal-scoring chances.
Meanwhile, two matches will be played on Wednesday. The match between Jagadamba Lumbini FC and Far-western Club scheduled to be played at Butwal on Wednesday has been shifted to the ANFA Complex citing technical reasons. Similarly Morang FC will host Jhapa FC at Shahid Stadium in Biratnagar in another match.
FW FC V Lumbini @ 15:30 NST
Morang FC V Jhapa FC @ 15:30
- Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 16:45
Star-studded Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) played a goalless draw with a new-look Nepal Police Club in the Red Bull A Division National Football League that resumed on Monday at the ANFA ground, Satdobato. The league resumed after almost five months following the devastating earthquake of April 25.
Defending champion MMC dominated the ball possession and created nearly half a dozen chances but failed in achieving the target.
The result lifted MMC one spot up to third with 12 points, four behind leader Jhapa XI FC and two points behind second placed APF. MMC and APF have played seven matches each while Jhapa has played eight. Police remained steady in sixth place with eight points from seven matches.
The departmental giant played inexperienced players and new faces owing to injury of its key players. First choice goalie Ritesh Thapa was on the bench while regular skipper and striker Jumanu Rai, Rabin Shrestha, Bhola Silwal were excluded from the players' list. The three Nepali internationals were rested due to injury concerns.
Suman Subedi, the only senior player, who took over the captain's armband had to be rushed to the hospital midway in the first half. Suman picked up a head injury after he clashed with counterpart Anil Gurung while vying for a header.
At the post match conference, Police coach Birat Krishna Shrestha said that his side failed to perform better due to the injury list of its key players. "Manang was the favorite team for sure and it should have capitalized on our weaknesses," he said.
Shrestha's counterpart Raju Kaji Shakya said that inadequate training and new ground (artificial turf) resulted in the lackluster performance. "The first match is always difficult and we have not been able to train well. I think the new ground is also a problem for us. We hope to improve in the coming days," Shakya said.
The first half nearly ended without a single remarkable move from both sides before Sujal Shrestha side-netted from the close range in Leonce Dodoz's cross. The African recruit Dodoz wasted scoring chance in the early second half after he failed to meet Anil's cross inside the zone.
During the hour mark, Police goalie Roshan Khadka, who got a rare start, parried Bishal Rai's 30-yard freekick.
Bharat Shah of the departmental team then wasted a scoring chance in counter attack after he delayed to shoot with only goalkeeper Bishal Shrestha as his obstacle. Four minutes later, Bharat again wasted a golden chance after he ended up volleying wide at the open net when he collected the ball dropped by goalie Bishal Shrestha in his attempt to release it just at the edge of the box.