-  Tuesday 29 September 2020

    APF holds lackluster MMC

    KATHMANDU, Jan 22 - Big guns kept stumbling in the Martyrs' Memorial SanMiguel 'A' Division League Football as Armed Police Force (APF) held Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) for a goalless draw while Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) got over Boys' Union Club (BUC) challenge with a 3-1 win. In the other match New Road Team (NRT) continued its good run with a 4-1 thumping of Bouddha Football Club (BFC).
    Despite the draw, MMC manages to hold on to the top of the table, thanks to the better goal difference over second placed Tribhuvan Army Club that also has 44 points. However, it is the likes of defending champion Nabil Three Star Club and injury troubled Mahendra Police Club that benefited more from today's result. But the most noticeable change in the standing came at the middle where NRT, that registered its seventh win today in its undefeated second leg campaign, replaced APF at the fifth position with 33 points.

    It was a poor day out for MMC that looked toothless in attack sans Nigerian Nurudeen Olawale. MMC had no real opportunity throughout the match. There were no real moves as well from the four-time league champion with a lot of miss-passes and lapses in the filed. In fact MMC was lucky to get a point from the match.

    APF could not find the decisive touch despite penetrating MMC defense on numerous occasions. After an average show in the first half, MMC completely lost control of the match in the second half. Mani Pandit should have scored early in the second half but he lacked coordination with fellow APF striker Ganesh Lawati. He was unaware of a beautifully supplied ball from the acting skipper a couple of yards in front of the goal line.

    "We have been performing consistent of late but today the strikers showed inexperience and lack of understanding between them," said APF coach Nawal Rana.

    At Halchowk, NRT registered an important 4-1 win over bottom placed Bouddha to get inside the top five. Sunil Subedi was once again proactive in the win for NRT as he got a brace and created another goal. He gave NRT lead in the 11th minute on his own. His first attempt was fumbled by Bouddha goalie after it crashed on the bar and he netted the rebound on the second attempt.

    But Bouddha leveled the match in the 56th minute with a Pradip Kunwar strike. The Bouddha striker netted a Ranjit Lama cross. Yugal Kishor Rai put NRT back into the lead in the 77th minute off a Jivan Sinkeman cross. Then two goals within four minutes sealed a comfortable 4-1 win for NRT. Jivan netted a Sunil supply in the 81st minute while Sunil himself scored the last goal capitalizing on a defensive lapse of Bouddha defenders. 

    Mid-table RCT grabbed regulation points beating relegation-bound BUC 3-1 earlier today at the Dashrath Stadium.

    Rajan Gauchan was the hero of the match with a brace and an assist. Gauchan opened his and RCT's account as early as in the 11th minute after connecting a perfect header off Ajit Thapa's corner. Gauchan scored another goal in the 54th minute following a counter-attack. He dribbled past three defenders before slotting home his brace.

    A minute later, Gauchan was once again in action with a beautiful supply to Ajit Thapa who stamped RCT's authority with a superb goal. Though, BUC's African import Abiodun G Lawal pulled one back in the 58th minute, it was too late for the minnow to stage comeback.


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