In the last edition of the ´A´ division league, Boys Union had played a 2-2 draw with Three Star in the first leg and in the other they had slumped to a 4-0 defeat.
In course of sharing points, Boys Union came from behind to level the match 1-1 through a controversial goal against the star-studded Three Star.
Three Star were playing without some of their crucial players as defender Lok Bandhu Gurung, Yugal Kishor Rai and Sandeep Rai were absent in the squad.
Three Star took an early lead in the third minute of the match through Santosh Sahukhala but Boys Union, who were limited to 10 men in the 75th minute following two yellow cards to Sudip Lama, canceled the lead in the 19th minute through a controversial goal of Shuvam Shrestha.
To put Three Star ahead Santosh made a spectacular tight angle goal in the second bar from near the pole utilizing a pass from Anjan KC from near the center line. However, Three Star´s joy could not last long as Shuvam leveled the match 16 minutes later. He scored a controversial goal in a free kick of Raju Rai out of mess. Three Star players had left the ball unnoticed after the ball crossed the playing area in a wait for the referee´s whistle, but referee Sudish Pandey didn´t blow the whistle as he did not get any signal from assistant referee Madhusudan Khanal. Boys Union players pulled the ball back in the playing area and Shuvam utilized the opportunity out of the mess to score the goal.
Both the teams intensified their attacks in the remaining time of the match but neither succeeded in scoring any more goals.
Three Star failed to utilize the opportunity during the last 15 minutes when Boys Union were reduced to 10 men. Sudip got the marching orders after he was booked with a second yellow card for playing foul. He had conceded the first yellow card five minutes earlier.
Earlier, Santosh, Pradip Maharjan, Bijay Gurung missed some good opportunities for Three Star while Raju Rai and Tanka Basnet also squandered scoring chances for Boys Union.
Three Star Coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said that they failed in their aim of collecting full three points. “Some of our players have fitness problem and also the strikers and midfielders could not play upto my expectations."
Earlier, the first match of the day saw a shower of goals as Rani Pokhari Corner Team (RCT) had a landslide 10-2 victory over Mid and Far West XI. The match fully dominated by RCT featured three hat-tricks.
Deepak Rai became the first player in the tournament to score a hat-trick. He scored four goals, in the 22nd, 31st, 45th and 72nd minutes, respectively. Likewise, Yogesh Gurung, and Rishi Rai were the other players to complete their hat-tricks. Yogesh scored in the 10th, 16th and 78th minutes while Rishi netted in the 70th, 71st and 73rd minutes.
Sanoj Sunar scored a brace for Mid and Far West in the 65th and 74th minutes.
Prabin Karki of Three Star punched assistant referee Madhusudan Khanal after the final whistle of the match venting dissatisfaction over the former´s decision regarding the equalizing goal they conceded. Khanal was punched on the face.
Three star players had left the ball unnoticed arguing that the ball had crossed the playing area in a wait for the referee´s whistle. But referee Sudish Pandey didn´t whistle as he did not get any signal from assistant referee Madhusudan Khanal. Boys Union players pulled the ball back in the playing area and Shuvam utilized the opportunity out of the mess to score the goal.
Earlier, during the Martyrs Memorial League in 2005, then Brigade Boys Club player Bishnu Sunwar was banned for 18 months by the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) after he manhandled FIFA referee Surendra Shikhrakar. Bishnu, who has not played any football match in the capital since, had also missed the last edition of the first division league held in 2006.
Coincidentally, Bishnu on Friday was playing against Three Star Club.
"We will hold meeting after we receive report from the match commissioner and the referee and take further decision regarding the incident within a week," said ANFA spokesperson Lalit Krishna Shrestha.