Source: Himalayan News Service
Sankata Kathmandu Mall Club were relegated to B Division after they lost 3-0 against Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) on Sunday. APF needed a victory with at least a six-goal margin against Machhindra to survive in the top flight and condemn BUC, who themselves recorded another unlikely 7-1 win over Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club on Sunday, to B Division. It was the first time BUC have been relegated to the second division.
With the result, APF and BUC finished their campaign on 22 points, but the former ensured they stay in the A Division on better goal difference. Machhindra lie sixth with 27 points.
Ganesh Lawati (4th, 6th, 17th) struck a hat-trick, Niraj Shrestha (20th, 44th) scored twice and skipper Kumar Thapa (26th), Top Bahadur Bista (28th) and Deepak Khadka (71st) added one goal each in the departmental team’s resounding victory.
APF Manager Prem Kumar Shrestha thanked his players and coach for the remarkable victory which ensured they remain in the top flight. “It is not that we played poorly this year but we were unable to score goals,”said the manager. Manager Shrestha said that they have learnt a valuable lesson this season and will now try everything at their disposal to raise their standard in the next year.
Earlier in the first match, Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) beat Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) 3-2. TAC (39) finished fourth with the win while RCT (23) stay at ninth. Nepal Police Club have already won the title after accumulating 47 points from 21 matches. With one match to go and tied on 40 points, Nabil Three Star Club and New Road Team are vying for the second place finish.
Hiranya Magar scored a brace after Santosh Nepali added the other for TAC while Dipesh Thapa Magar and Ramesh Shahi replied for RCT.