10-man APF sink BUC; crucial win for JYC


KATHMANDU, March 27: Armed Police Force (APF) distanced the gap from relegation zone after a 2-0 win over bottom side Boys Union Club (BUC) during the Martyrs Memorial San Miguel A Division League at the Dasharath Stadium on Saturday.

In another match, Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club (JYC) secured a crucial 1-0 victory over G Five Machhindra Club to stay clear from relegation zone in the ninth position with 10 points -- two points behind seventh placed JYC.

Second half goals from Ganesh Lawati and Niraj Shrestha of APF helped the 10-man departmental team remain in the 10th spot with 10 points while the defeat landed BUC in further trouble as they have secured only one victory in 10 games. BUC have gathered only five points.

APF were limited to 10 men after Janak Singh was booked for his second offense in the 53rd minute for bringing down Kamal Shrestha. Earlier, Singh was yellow carded in the 9th minute for a foul on Raju Rai.

But that did not deter the spirits of APF as Lawati scored the first goal soon after Singh was sent off. He was able to beat the keeper and score an easy goal from the box in the 61st minute.

Niraj Shrestha doubled the lead in the 73rd minute. Shrestha tapped in a ball from a corner by Kumar Thapa.

Earlier, BUC had a good chance to score in the first half. Rupesh Shrestha´s volley went above the bar in the 29th minute. Meanwhile, a header by Top Bahadur Bista of APF set by Prakash Karki went wide in the 34th minute.

APF coach Maheshwar Mulmi said he was not satisfied with the performance but he could at least heave a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, Sachindra Dhimal´s lone goal against Machhindra helped JYC move ahead of another relegation troubled club Sankata, who have a game in hand, by four points.

Dhimal volleyed a corner kick of Yogesh Shrestha straight into the net in the 24th minute. A minute later, Dhimal´s similar shot was saved by skipper Santosh Basnet who got injured and was replaced by Mahesh Khadka.

In the 21st minute, Raj Poudel´s one-versus-one shot in a cross set by JYC captain Raj Kumar Ghising was saved by Machhindra custodian Bishal Magar. Magar also got injured later and was replaced by substitute goalkeeper Raju Nagarkoti in the 70th minute.

"This was a very important match and we had to labor hard to win," said JYC coach Suman Yonzan after the victory and added, "Our opponents also played well."

Sponsorship for Machhindra FC

Machhindra Football Club have signed a contract with Call Mobility Pvt Ltd as the club´s sponsor.

A press release issued by the club on Saturday has urged to associate the company´s product G Five mobile with the club´s name.

“Considering the role and interest of the sponsors, the club will be known as G Five Machhindra Football Club from Saturday onwards,” stated the press release.

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