NRT tame MMC; Three Star beat Sankata


KATHMANDU, March 15: Leaders Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club´s (MMC) winning streak in the ongoing Martyrs Memorial San Miguel A Division League came to an end as they suffered a 2-0 loss against New Road Team (NRT) at the Dasharath Stadium on Monday.

In another match, Nabil Three Star Club had a hard fought 2-1 win over 10-man Sankata Kathmandu Mall Club.

Despite the loss, MMC maintained their top position in the table with 16 points from seven matches with five wins, a draw and a loss, one point ahead of defending champions Nepal Police Club, who have played equal number of matches. NRT progressed one spot to occupy the third position with 14 points with four wins, two draws and a loss.

Three Star climbed two steps to the seventh position with three wins, two draws and two losses. Sankata are in the relegation zone with one win and six losses.

Roshan Lamichhane and substitute Subash Gurung scored one goal each for NRT to hand MMC their first defeat in the league.

NRT piled consistent pressure on MMC, who were unable to come up with three vital players in the squad -- Jagjeet Shrestha, Ganesh Khadka and Lee Jihoon -- as they were shown second yellow cards in their previous match against Ranipokhari Corner Team. NRT took full advantage of this and dominated the game. They almost taught a footballing lesson to the MMC rookies.

MMC could make only one attractive move but failed to utilize it. In the second minute, MMC´s Kim Nam Gyu failed to contact a cross supplied by Prabin Saiju ahead of the goal-line.

Lamichhane made a quick attempt from the box in a pass of Gurung, who had replaced Subash Rai in the 32nd minute, to open their account. Gurung made a brilliant header in the 72nd minute in a pass of Jeeven Sinkeman to double the advantage while goalie Bishal Shrestha was moving ahead to collect it.

MMC squandered about half a dozen chances. Shayan Mosavi missed two scoring opportunities. In the 60th minute, Mosavi´s powerful strike from the edge of the box went above the bar and had his feeble shot saved by goalie Shrestha during the dying moments of the game.

NRT coach Diken Suwal was satisfied with the full points they earned. He said, “The boys played well and we succeeded in gaining full points in the vital match.” He also requested the referee to reduce cards to the players.

MMC coach Chhiring Lopsang commented that NRT were able to take advantage of the absence of three of his key players.

In another match, Three Star Club came from behind to beat Sankata, who were there with an improved performance as compared to their previous outings. Sankata were limited to 10 men in the 75th minute after skipper Kailash Dangol was booked for the second time in the match for arguing with the referee. Four minutes before, he had been slapped with the first yellow card.

Nirajan Malla gave the lead to Sankata in the 14th minute, but Bijay Gurung canceled the lead in the 28th minute and Santosh Sahukhala scored the decider in the 47th minute.

Malla gave the lead through a quick left-footed shot in a back corner pass by Arjun Subba. However, Gurung leveled the scoring through a superb freekick from the edge of the box and Sahukhala netted the winner with a header in a corner by Gurung.

Three Star coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said that he was satisfied with the results but not the performance. He lamented that his side failed to utilize opportunities.

Sankata coach Chet Narayan Shrestha came heavily on the referee saying the decision of referee was unfair.

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