-  Thursday 13 August 2020

Three Star cashes in as MPC, TAC slip

KATHMANDU, Jan 26 - Unexpected results for two of the title contenders, Mahendra Police Club (MPC) and Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC), in the Martyrs' Memorial SanMiguel 'A' Division League Football made
defending champion Nabil Three Star Club (NTSC) the big winner of the day as it got to the top of the league table.

MPC played a goalless draw against Friends' Club (FC) while Boys' Union Club (BUC) stunned TAC with a 2-1 win. NTSC on the other hand secured a thumping 6-0 win over Bouddha Football Club (BFC).

The most surprising result of the day came at Halchowk where one of the title contenders, TAC, suffered a 2-1 loss against the perennial relegation contender BUC that has surely averted the danger now. BUC now has 19 points and has climbed up three spots to 11th.

With the top four having played 20 matches each, NTSC has 46 points at the top ahead of MPC that has 45. Manang Marsyangdi Club occupies the third spot with 44 points on superior goal difference from TAC.

Suman Shrestha who was the hero of BUC's win gave lead in the 25th minute as TAC defender Madhav KC lost the ball to him. Suman perfectly utilized the opportunity with a good attempt on the second bar to put BUC in front. The joy did not last long as four minutes later Ram Kumar Biswas leveled the match for TAC with a header off a Santosh Nepali corner.

With the match perfectly poised, TAC strikers missed nearly half a dozen of chances to score. Hari Thakuri scored the first half winner for BUC in the 40th minute off a Sauman Shrestha freekick.

It was a great occasion for the veteran former New Road Team (NRT) striker to score his first goal of the season for BUC.

When the strikers were faltering TAC changed goalkeeper Ganga Ram Deuja with Ram Kumar Chaudhary.

At Dashrath Stadium, the defending champion put up one of the few thoroughly dominating performances of the season and hammered relegation bound Bouddha. Unexpectedly it took 37 minutes for NTSC to strike as Pradip Maharjan headed home a Surendra Tamang corner.

Vishan Gauchan found the nets from a tight angle in the 42nd minute on an overlap run to score TAC's second. The third goal of the opening half came in the injury time as it was Bijaya Gurung's turn to head home a Surendra corner.

Second half produced another three for NTSC as Surendra himself took the mantle. His clinical chip over Bouddha goalie Dashrath Adhikari from the edge of the penalty box in the 48th minute followed by skillful finishing past two Bouddha defenders off a long ball from Anjan KC made it 5-0 for TAC in the 73rd minute. Pralaya Rajbhandari hit the final nail on the Bouddha coffin in the 78th minute off a Santosh KC corner.

Earlier, MPC squandered a golden chance to top the table after it suffered another frustrating 0-0 draw against struggling Friends' Club.

MPC has not succeeded in beating Friends' in the last three meetings. After a dour first half that produced little chances from both the sides, the Friends' Club dominated the first quarter of the match but its strikers, despite troubling dependable MPC back, never tested goalie Ritesh Thapa.

Jumanu Rai's freekick from the edge hit the crossbar in the 37th minute. Likewise, veteran Dev Narayan Chaudhary nearly gave MPC the much needed three points but his header hit the woodwork. Goal shy Arjun Rijal also came close.

MPC received two best opportunities of the match in the injury time. First, Noor Raj Kafley cleared Deepak Poudel's header from the goalline and then the offside flag disallowed Jumanu's goal. The league enjoys a break on Thursday and from Friday four matches will be held each day.

Friday's Matches
At Dashrath Stadium

Army vs Mahabir @ 12:30

Three Star vs Machhindra @ 14:30

At Halchowk

NRT vs BBC @ 12:30

RCT vs Friends' @ 14:30 


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