Police enter semifinal


DHARAN, Feb 9: Nepal Police Club (NPC) registered a comfortable 4-0 win over ANFA U-16 on Tuesday to secure semifinal berth in the ongoing Budha Subba Gold Cup Football Tournament being held at Dharan Stadium.

Pankaj Shahi scored twice while Deepen Shrestha and Roshan Karki netted one each to beat the ANFA colts. The police will meet the Himalayan Sherpa Club of Kathmandu in the semifinal on Thursday.

Deepen opened the scoring for the police in the 17th minute through a header in a corner kick of Parbat Pandey. Pankaj doubled the scoring in the 40th minute and scored another two minutes after the half time to give the police a 3-0 lead.

Pankaj scored his first goal in a pass supplied by Yogesh Shrestha and added another utilizing a rebounder off Deepen´s powerful strike that hit the bar. Roshan sealed the victory in the 75th minute through a header in a corner kick of Yogesh.

The ANFA youngsters failed to pile pressure on the police team that came up without some of its key players like Jumanu Rai, Chetan Ghimire, Rakesh Shrestha and Deepak Paudel. Police took the entire match under their control against the physically weak opponents.

ANFA could not make any remarkable post attempts. Ram Thapa squandered a one-versus-one chance in the 37th minute as he failed to reach the ball with only the police goalie to beat in a pass supplied by Sulav Maskey.

Pankaj Shahi of the winning side was adjudged man-of-the-match.

Police coach Birat Krishna Shrestha said that his side could not score many goals as many of his players were injured. Commenting on the opponents, Shrestha said, “The ANFA youngsters lack experience and power.”

ANFA coach Sunil Shrestha said that the defeat was natural to them. “Police are a strong team; my players could not come up with a good performance, so the defeat was natural.”

On Wednesday, the hosts Dharan Football Club will take on Annapurna RCT Club in the first semifinal.

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