Mega Three Star Club suffered fourth defeat in the league

Both goals in the second half of the match, marred by heavy downpour, handed Mega Three Star Club its fourth defeat in the league on Sunday played at the Dasharath Stadium. Nepal Army Club came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over the Patan based club. 

Despite taking an early fifth minute lead through spot-kick Three Star conceded two goals in second half in the ground filled with water. 

Not only the slippery ground but also uneven bounce and unpredictable movement of ball contributed in the defeat of technically sound Three Star against physically strong Army opponents. 

The result also barred Three Star from moving to third from fourth place. After playing equal 15 matches, fourth placed Three Star has 32 points while third placed Jawalakhel has 32 points. Army, set take on Koilapani and Machhindra in next matches, strengthened its grip on top eight with 25 points.

Regarding the playing condition of the water filled ground, Three Star coach Meghraj KC said, "International rules does not apply in Nepal as we have only one stadium."

"Army had physical advantage and we lost to them as they were physically stronger than my players and one need to play power game in the muddy and watery ground," added KC. 

Anil Ojha had put the Three Star ahead in the fifth minute through penalty after Ram Kumar Biswash fouled Yogesh Gurung in the danger zone. Biswash was also slapped with yellow card.

The remaining time of the first half was competitive with Army making two post attempts. In the 13th minute, Bikarna Shrestha´s strike from the danger zone was heroically saved by Three Star custodian Kiran Chemjong. Similarly, Hiranya Magar´s shot went wide in the 44th. 

Army hit back the equalizer 10 minutes after the interval when Nawayug Shrestha´s powerful shot from the edge entered the net. Army got the winner as a gift from Three Star skipper Sanjiv Budhathoki whose attempt to clear a cross of Bhoj Raj Ghimire rolled into his own net.

Army coach Yogambar Suwal said that his side was near to their target of achieving top eight spot. "I was confident about the army team."

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