-  Tuesday 19 January 2021

Three Star, Manang excel

KATHMANDU, Jan 31 - Nabil Three Star Club made a strong stride towards the title thrashing Brigade Boys' Club (BBC) 6-0 today in the Martyr's Memorial SanMiguel National Football League on Monday. Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) leapfrogged MPC at the second spot with a 3-1 win over Mahabir Club while Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) also climbed to the third spot with a convincing 3-0 win over Friends' Club.
On a day when all the heavyweights registered convincing wins, bottom of the table Bouddha stunned highflying Boys' Union Club (BUC) 3-2 in the battle to avoid relegation. However, the win is not sufficient for Bouddha, with just two wins so far, to recover but it spelt trouble for the ever improving BUC, which is fourth from the bottom.

Bouddha went two goals ahead on goals from Milan Tamang in the 13th minute and Bikash Sapkota in the 16th minute. But Boys' Union hit back with a goal from Hari Thakuri in the 43rd minute followed by first half injury time score from Bimal Karki. However, the day belonged to the minnows, who registered their second win of the league after Umesh Lama headed home the winner in the 66th minute.

"Our boys took Bouddha very lightly and looked complecent throughout," Boys Union coach Rajendra KC said. "Our performances with the big guns are really nice but we are not doing enough against small teams and that is worrying me," he added. 

Later on the day at Halchowk, Army team recovered from a series of dismal performance, comfortably beating Friends' Club which is still not safe from relegation. Midfielder Raju Tamang, the only army player with international experience, scored a deserved goal in the 33rd minute after connecting a powerful shot from inside the penalty spot.

Ten minutes later, captain Janamat Karki scored his 17th goal of the league after receiving an ideal headed supply from lanky Ram Kumar Biswas at the center. With two minutes remaining in the match, Chakra Tamang headed home the third goal of the match after receiving a perfect supply from captain Karki.

At Dashrath Stadium, top two teams - defending champion Nabil Three Star Club (TSC) and Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) secured convincing wins.

In the first match TSC's Nigerian recruit Christian Chidiebese made merry scoring a hat trick in the 6-0 thumping of Brigade Boys' Club (BBC). With the win TSC is well in course of its title defense and remains two points clear of the second placed MMC with 52 points in 21 matches.

Its was an interesting game as the 1-0 halftime scoreline ended at a 6-0 thumping. Christian was the lone goalscorer in the first half. Santosh Sahukhala started the second half onslaught with a 50th minute goal followed by two goals inside two minutes. Christian gave TSC its third goal in the 56th minute and a minute later Surendra Tamang added one.

Christian's hat trick was completed in the 72nd minute as the fifth TSC goal. Pradip Maharjan also joined the party with a freekick that BBC Ramesh Rana fumbled into the nets in the 80th minute.

In the other fixture, second placed MMC secured a 3-1 win over Mahabir Club. Interestingly all the goals of the match came within the 26th minute of the match.

MMC scored three goals within seven minutes and conceded one two minutes later. Nurudeen Olawale led MMC's charge with a 17th minute goal. Basanta Thapa doubled the lead with a 23rd minute goal and Nabin Neupane found the back of the Mahabir nets a minute later.

Mahabir's Naresh Thapa scored one in the 26th minute to finish the scoring as the match ended at the same 3-1 score.

 Today's Matches
At Dashrath Stadium

APF vs JYC @ 12:30

MPC vs NRT @ 14:30

At Halchowk

Sankata vs RCT @ 12:30

Machhindra vs BUC @ 14:30


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