Machhindra end NRT´s winning streak


Buddha Chemjong scores solitary goal as Three Star hand Jawalakhel first defeat of the league

KATHMANDU 26 May 2011: Mega Three Star ended Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club’s unbeaten run, while G’Five Machhindra broke New Road Team’s winning streak in the Martyrs Memorial Red Bull ‘A’ Division League here today.

Three Star handed JYC their first loss of the league with a 1-0 win, riding on a solitary goal from Buddha Chemjong, whereas NRT’s winning streak came to an end with a tame 0-0 draw with Machhindra.

NRT missed a chance to go atop table, but jumped two spots up to second with 16 points from six matches, while Three Star moved one place above to ninth with 10 points. NRT trail Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club on inferior goal difference. JYC (13) and Machhindra (three) remained unchanged at fifth and 14th places respectively.

After a goalless first half, Buddha broke the deadlock in the 58th minute in counter attack. Buddha scored the decider beating offside trap and JYC goalkeeper Dinesh Thapa after he met a Raj Kumar Ghising through pass. JYC were reduced 10 men in the 85th minute after Bishal Rai ‘B’ received two yellow cards within two minutes.

Both the teams squandered a couple of scoring chances. Three Star — who were without their four first-choice midfielders in suspended duo of Yogesh Gurung and Bikram Lama and injured Anil Ojha (knee) and Bishan Gauchan (fever) — should have taken a second-minute lead but Raju Rai ended up shooting tamely into the hands of JYC goalie Dinesh from six yards.

Three Star shot stopper Kiran Chemjong rescued the team thrice, denying Karna Subba in the 33rd and 50th minutes before making a diving save to stop Gerard Mukonza Mutiso’s header in the 60th minute.

Three Star coach Megh Raj KC said the destructive nature of the play from JYC helped them earn the much needed three points. “We were under pressure to win the match since we had already lost eight points, and boys utilised the mistakes of JYC players to record the win,” said KC.

JYC coach Kishor KC also blamed the wild nature of his players as the reason of the loss. “We did not play our natural game today and came under unnecessary pressure,” said the coach, adding he needed to work hard to teach discipline to the players.

In the first match, despite dominating the entire match, NRT strikers did not find the back of the nets and shared points with Machhindra. With just Machhindra goalkeeper Bishal Magar to beat, Aaron Blackie Cole ended up with a wide shot twice in the 33rd and 55th minutes, while Machhindra defender Kushal Shrestha made a goalline clearance to prevent Cole from scoring in the 60th minute.

Bishal stopped Olayinka Edriskehin’s close range shot in the 80th minute before substitute Rajeeb Gurung hit the pole in the dying moments of the five-minute injury time.

NRT coach Raju Kaji Shakya said the luck was not on their part and they were forced to share the points. Machhindra coach Chhiring Lopsang Gurung was happy man to have snatched one point from a strong team like NRT.

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