Three Star outplay Far-west

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Three Star Club registered an impressive 3-0 win over Far-western Football Club in the Red Bull National League here at the Dasharath Stadium today.

Substitute Amar Dangol scored a brace, while Santosh Sahukhala netted one to put their team at the top of the table. Three Star have six points from two matches, while winless Far-west dropped to the bottom.

Three Star had to wait until 72 minutes to take the lead and added two more goals to get the comfortable win. An unmarked Dangol headed home following a pass from Jagjeet Shrestha to put Three Star ahead. Far-west defenders made a grave error and the Patan-based Three Star took full advantage to double the lead in the 76th minute. Shrestha was the provider again and Dangol easily placed the ball into the nets from six yards box. Sahukhala killed the match in the 90th minute when he scored from the edge of the box following a pass from Shrestha, who was later named the man-of-the-match.

Far-west, who started with four new players in Lawal Olalekan Afeez, Norbert Cerdic Aba and Mani Ram Chaudhary, dominated the ball possession in the first half but failed to find the back of the nets. Chaudhary's header in the 13th minute off a Dinesh Rajbansi pass went wide off the post, while he missed another chance in the 59th minute when he ended up with a high shot after receiving a pass from Heman Thapa Magar.

Three Star coach Anjan KC said he had taken the match seriously as the opponents were a set team. "They have played together for long time and do regular training. We won the match only because of our players' experience," he said. "They dominated the first half as they played short passes. We came up with a different strategy in the second half and played physical game," KC added.

Far-west coach Kiran Shrestha said the first goal was the turning point of the match. "Our defenders made a mistake and they capitalised on that," Shrestha said. "It was difficult for us to come back after conceding the game as Three Star players were vastly experienced. Anyways we gave a tough fight to the strong team in the first half," Shrestha added.

Nepal APF Club will take on fellow departmental side Tribhuvan Army Club on Thursday.

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Army struggles past spirited Jhapa

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Tribhuvan Army Club opened its National League campaign with 1-0 win over Jhapa XI at the Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwar on Tuesday, but it was made to work hard for its first three points by the spirited mofussil team making its debut in the league.

Fresh from last week´s Simara Gold Cup triumph, the departmental team held on to Tek Bahadur Budhathoki´s early lead to see off a tough challenge from Jhapa. The match was closely contested right from the onset with Tek´s goal the only thing separating the two sides.

"We were kind of nervous facing Jhapa in our first match. Other teams consider it to be the strongest team in the league. It is quick, inventive and is in good form having played as a unit for a long time," said Army coach Meghraj KC.

"We are content with the three points from the difficult match. We gave an average performance. Since we were playing our fifth match in 11 days, the players looked tired."

Army was without its regular striker Bharat Khawas, who picked up a minor injury during the Simara Gold Cup final. Six minutes into the match, Army took the lead as Tek nodded home a free header from close range after Raju Tamang had sent in an inviting corner from the left. Jhapa´s defense failed to keep track of Tek, who slammed a header with ease from a crowded area.

Jhapa coach Bhagirath Ale rued missed opportunities and said that his team gave away points due to a small mistake.

"We gave away points with one simple mistake and could not return in the match because we could not convert our chances. Army is a tough opponent. We will prepare after analyzing our opponents performance in the coming days," said veteran Bhagirath, who is taking charge of a team in the National League for the first time in his 27-year coaching career.

Both teams had limited opportunities after Army took the lead. The departmental side kept the ball possession but the swift-playing Jhapa threatened to strike back at times. Jhapa´s attacking line-up, spearheaded by Bishal Rai and Karna Limbu, created some chances but could not find the target. Jhapa´s best opportunity came in the 71st minute when Karna was up against Army goalkeeper Bikesh Kuthu in a one-on-one but the striker´s shot gave the goalkeeper enough time to collect the ball.

Three Star Club will play Far Western FC in their second match on Wednesday.

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Lumbini Football Club sunned Nepal Police Club

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Jagadamba Lumbini Football Club sunned Nepal Police Club (NPC) 1-0 in the Red Bull National League here at Dasharath Stadium today.

Amir Shrestha scored the solitary goal of the match in the 85th minute through a volley leaving NPC goalkeeper Ritesh Thapa unmoved. The win provided vital three points for Lumbini from their first match of the tournament.

NPC came into the match as the winners of the Manakamana Cable Car Pokhara Cup before losing to Tribhuvan Army Club in the final of the Ruslan sixth Simara Gold Cup, while Lumbini team was formed with the players from 'A' division outfits RCT and NRT.

NPC came close to scoring in the first half but the luck was not their part as Hari Kathayet's header off a Ajit Bhandari cross hit the bar and rebounded to play in the 35th minute. NPC pushed hard for a goal in the second half as

well but Lumbini custodian Dilip Chhetri stood firm at the goal. Chhetri saved a powerful free kick from Dinesh Gurung in the 51st minute, while Suman Subedi's header following a long pass from Bhola Silwal sailed above the bar in the 61st minute.

Against the run of the play, Lumbini found the back of the nets to go take the lead and put more pressure on the NPC. The departmental side came close to levelling the scores in the injury time but Lumbini custodian Chhetri ensured the team walk with full three points from the first match when he saved an attempt from Yogesh Shrestha.

Lumbini coach Yam Prasad Gurung said he was happy to get full three points from the match against the NPC. "The coordination between the players was visibly lacking as they used to

play from different teams in the past. We will improve our game in next match and we are hopeful of finishing in top four," Gurung said.

NPC coach Birat Krishna Shrestha said his players could not perform as expected. "We missed the servives of three key players," said Shrestha. Jumanu Rai and Dipen Shrestha are yet to recover from injuries sustained in Pokhara, while Robin Shrestha pulled out of the match because of personal reason. "Lumbini played for a draw and our players could not hold the game. The result will definitely affect us in the tournament," he added.

On Tuesday, Tribhuvan Army Club will play against Jhapa-XI.

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Three Star registered an impressive 3-0 win against Morang FC

three star vs morang fcSantosh Sahukhala scored a brace as Three Star Club registered an impressive 3-0 win over debutants Morang Football Club in the Red Bull National League at the Dashrath Stadium on Sunday.

Star studded Three Star, fresh from their participation in the moufsill tournaments, always looked the better side, dominating possession throughout the match. A victory was always on the cards against their lowly opponents who did not have single big name to boost their lineup. To make matters worse, their only reliable defender Niraj Basnet limped out of the field due to an injury in the 33rd minute.

Taking advantage of Basnet's exit, Nirajan Khadka made a defense splitting pass to Victor Amboi who then laid the ball on the path of onrushing Sahukhala who duly obliged scoring in the 35th minute.

Sahukhala got the second goal for Three Star in the 48th minute. Jagajeet Shrestha's freekick from the right byline was fumbled by the goalkeeper, inviting Shahukala to fire an overhead kick.

Three Star's final goal came through an own goal in the 56th minute through Rupesh Tamang whose nervous clearance off Amobi's throw-in ended at the back of the net.

Sahukhala was later adjudged the man-of-the-match.

Commenting on the match, Three Star coach Anjan KC said that the points earned from the first match is a great motivator for the team.

"Morang played well for the first 30 minutes, but their performance took a dip after that, allowing us to take charge. We will do better in the coming days," said KC.

His counterpart Parash Chaudhary said that the match had taught them their weakness and they would work on it to give a better performance in the coming days.

" We came into the match with very little practice. We will bring in more player as the tournament progresses to match with our opponents," added Chaudhary.

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Three Star Club will take on debutants Morang Football Club today


Heavy weights Three Star Club will take on debutants Morang Football Club on the second day of the Red Bull National League at the Dashrath Stadium on Sunday.

With the signing of veteran defender Sagar Thapa in their already star studded squad, the Patan based club, now have a lengthy list of current and former national players in their roster to brag about, a presence that could easily intimidate not just Morang but to the remaining teams as well.

However, Three Star coach Anjan KC refuses to take his opponents lightly just because of the presence of the established names he has at his disposal. He regards the opening match of any tournament as the most important of all because it sets the track to further success.

"We cannot play down the chances of any team. We have taken the opening match very seriously because it is important to start well to excel further in the tournament. When we take each match seriously, we don't have to wait for the result of the other teams to know our fate," said K.C, adding, that the team's preparation have also been satisfactory as they were involved in two tournaments outside Kathmandu.

"We took every match we played in the tournament as preparation for the National League. The extra we days we had in Kathmandu were also dedicated for practice sessions," he said. "Before, we never had such a busy schedule that kept the players engaged."

As compared to Three Star's big names, Morang Football Club are entirely a team formed from local players. And the match against Three Star Club, a 'reputed name' in Nepal football, as described by coach Parash Chaudhary, will help them find out where they stand in the tournament and should they require reinforcements later on.

"Three Star are a very good team with established players. Our team consists mostly of district level players, but we will be adding experienced players as the tournament progresses," said Chaudhary, revealing that he will be drawing a defensive strategy.