Mosavi treble helps NRT trim gap


KATHMANDU, Mar 26 - New Road Team (NRT) closed in on leaders Nepal Police Club after a hard fought 4-3 win over Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club, while Rani Pokhari Corner Team (RCT) edged relegation battlers Kathmandu Mall Sankata Club 1-0 in the Martyrs' Memorial San Miguel 'A' Division at the Dashrath Stadium on Thursday.

The win lifted NRT to second with 20 points, one behind the leaders at the completion of the ninth round. Jawalakhel, on the other hand, remained ninth with seven points.

Danish national Sayan Mosavi scripted the win for NRT scoring a hat-trick in the first half -- his first of the campaign - with his opening goal coming as early as in the first minute. Ranjit Shrestha was also on the mark scoring after Mosavi's opener. Substitute Raj Paudyal's brace and a goal from Bikram Lama gave Jawalakhel's score-line a better reading despite being in the back foot for the entire 90 minutes and playing the closing 11 minutes with a man down due to a double yellow card for Sunil Raut.

With the early goal opener Mosavi also registered his name as the quickest scorer of the season. He got his first when he capiltalised on a misunderstanding between the two opposition defenders right after the ball was played from the centre line. Upon getting the ball, Mosavi chipped it into the back of the net against the advancing keeper Bikram Gurung.

Ranjit Shrestha made it 2-0 on 10th minute with a powerful strike unleashed from the edge of the penalty box, and Mosavi got his second of the game and third for NRT three minutes later pounding on a rebound from Nirajan Raimajhi's attempt that had hit the upright.

Mosavi could have got his third of the game 10 minutes later but he put his close range effort whisker away of the target after escaping his marker with a turn inside the six-yard box.

But on 38th minute Mosavi made sure he got what he wanted when he was fed in a pass from Raimajhi. His effort sneaked under the arms of the diving keeper. Jawalakhel pulled one back four minutes before Mosavi's hat trick through substitute Raj Paudyal, who had replaced Doran Sherchan. A confusion between the last defender and goalie Surendra Shrestha allowed Paudyal to head home a pass from Hem Gurung. Paudyal added his second on the second minute of the first half stoppage time with a glancing header, while Bikram Lama's flying header off Yogesh Shrestha's cross gave Jawalakhel their third goal on the hour mark.

Jawalakhel had Dipen Shrestha's goal waved off by towards the end of as the referee deemed the ball not to have crossed the line.

NRT coach Diken Suwal said the three points against Jawalakhel was vital as it allowed them to trim the gap on the leaders but was not pleased with the team's play.

In the early match of the day, second from bottom Sankata succumbed to a 1-0 loss against RCT.

Buddha Lama scored the only goal of a rather dull match on the 27th minute. He found the back of the net after Sankata keeper Suman Legal failed to judge Dipak Rai's cross.

Earlier, Sujal Shrestha made a hopeful attempt for Sankata from about 25 yards out but other than his effort Sankata were left wanting in all areas of the field.

RCT are eighth with 12 points behind Machhindra, while Sankata, on six points, are second from bottom.

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