Kathamndu April, 25 - Carlsberg Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) defended the title of the Second Seven A-Side International Inter-club Football Tournament at the Dasharath Stadium Saturday. MMC defeated Nepal Police Club 3-1 in tiebreakers after the regulation time and the added time ended in a 2-2 stalemate.
Raj Kumar Ghising, Sabindra Shrestha and Ganesh Shrestha converted all three spot kicks for the defending champion while Police skipper Jumanu Rai missed the first penalty hitting the pole. Dipak Paudel converted the second for Police but MMC converted the next to win 3-1 as the tournament has three-shot tiebreakers instead of five in normal matches. With the win, MMC bagged a purse of Rs 150,000 along with the trophy while the runner-up Police had to be content with Rs 75,000.
Earlier, Yogesh Shrestha gave an early lead to the police in the second minute through a flick off a pass from Bhola Silwal. Ganesh Khadka equalized in the 14th minute through a scorcher from outside the box. Jagjeet Shrestha put MMC in front in the 2ist capitalizing on a defensive error as Parbat Pandey of Police failed to control of a powerful MMC strike. Shrestha fired a piledriver that powered into the net hitting the inner edge of the cross bar. Yogesh Shrestha threw Police a lifeline with an equalizer in the injury time to take the match into added time which failed to break the deadlock.
Both the sides missed a few chances of scoring in the match. Bhola Silwal’s powerful shot from outside the box was blocked by MMC custodian Kiran Chemjong in the sixth minute. Shiva Shresth’s powerful strike in the eighth minute skied away hitting the bar. Likewise, Jagjeet Shrestha fired wide from the side of the box in the 20th minute for MMC. In the 45th minute, Jumanu’s shot from inside the box hit MMC skipper Tashi Tsering, who had gone down at the goalline, on his back.
“We were able to win the match with practice of just about a week”, commented MMC coach Tsering Lobsang. “I am satisfied with the result but we failed to utilize several good chances of scoring”, he added.
Likewise, Police coach Birat Krishna Shrestha too said that his team was also unable to utilize chances. “We created many chances but failed to utilize. We were contesting in the Seven-A-Side tournament for the first time and it was also difficult for the players as there is no offside in the match,” he said adding Chetan Ghimire and Jumanu lacked coordination.
MMC goalie Kiran Chemjong was adjudged the best player of the tournament.