Source: Himalayan News Service
Earlier, G’Five Machhindra Football Club earned three important points defeating NIBL Friends Club 1-0 riding on a solitary goal from Brazilian Daniel Sores Neves. After the completion of 13 rounds, RCT have 20 points, while Friends slipped to sixth with 19 points. Machhindra moved one step up to seventh. Machhindra bettered Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyandi Club on scoring rate as both the clubs are tied on 18 points.
After the lacklustre first half, Deepak managed to beat the offside trap from the APF midfield in the 48th minute to meet a one touch ball from Prabesh Katuwal and rounded up goalkeeper Samit Rajbhandari before scoring. The striker then doubled the lead two minutes later with a six-yard header following a superb cross from Buddha Lama, to score his eight goal of the league.
Ganesh Lawati replied for APF in the 89th minute diving forward to meet an excellent cross from skipper Kumar Thapa but by then it was too late for them to bounce back in the match. In the first half, Tanku Lama was close to score for APF in the 34th minute but he was perfectly denied by RCT shot stopper Dilip Chhetri in a close encounter.
In another match, Daniel scored the solitary goal in the 51st minute cashing in on errors from Friends defender Deepak Bhushal and goalkeeper Sagar Gurung. Daniel met a weakly cleared ball from Deepak at the edge but scored the goal with equally weak shot as custodian Sagar couldn’t reach the ball. Machhindra were lucky to walk away with full three points as they could score in their only notable attempt of the entire match.
Friends dominated the first half but couldn’t find the back of the nets. Machhindra goalkeeper Raju Nagarkoti blocked a powerful shot from Bharat Khawas in the 14th minute. Friends came close to scoring in the 27th minute when Raju fumbled while parrying a free kick from Azad Pradhan but Ram Sharan Magar cleared the ball from goal line. In the 60th minute, Bijaya Mahat’s powerful volley from the area sailed inches high.
Friends coach Mrigendra Mishra said his side failed to convert the opportunities. “We should have utilised the chances but that didn’t happen today,” said Mishra.
Machhindra coach Meghraj KC said the match was evenly poised and blamed his players of not maintaining coordination. “The foreign and local players are not supplying the ball to each other. We have to improve that attitude of the players as it could be dangerous for us,” said KC.