Army pip spirited newcomers MYA
Added At: 2012-04-19 10:08 PM
Last Updated At: 2012-04-19 10:08 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nawayug Shrestha scored an extra-time decider as Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) defeated Iceberg Madhyapur Youth Association (MYA) 1-0 to advance to the British Gurkha Cup quarter-finals here today.
MYA — playing the first top flight match following their promotion earlier this year — held the physically tough departmental side for little less than two hours. The match was heading towards tiebreaker before man-of-the-match Nawayug struck the winner in the 113th minute. Fed by Yuddha Shahi, Hari Mahato headed the ball towards Nawayug and the midfielder made no mistake firing into the far post from close range.
The Armymen will now take on the winners of Friday’s match between Nepal Police Club and Bouddha Football Club. MYA, who won the recently-concluded ‘B’ Division National League, included six players having ‘A’ Division experience — Nirajan Rayamajhi, skipper Sinkeman, Naresh Pokharel, Saroj Dahal, goalkeeper Bikesh Kuthu and Raj Kumar Ghising — in their starting lineup.
It was the Armymen who took the initiative with an early attempt. Fed by Amrit Basnet, Nawayug fired above the bar with only goalkeeper Bikesh to beat. TAC glovesman and skipper Bikash Malla made a couple of saves to force the match to extra period. Bikash made a finger-tip save to deny Raj Kumar Ghising’s 30-yard freekick in the 33rd minute before stopping yet another right-flank freekick from the veteran striker 10 minutes after the interval.
MYA goalkeeper Bikesh, who had played the National League for Yeti Himalayan Sherpa Club, denied the second half substitute Deep Lama in one-on-one encounter following a Tanka Basnet pass in the 74th minute. Fed by Hiranya Magar, Deep ended up hitting inches wide off the post from inside the six-yard box in the 81st minute. A real chance for MYA came in the 85th minute but Bed Kumar Shrestha hit above the bar from close range in a sublime cross from Ranjit Lama.
The Armymen missed a couple of chances in the dying moments of the regulation time. Nawayug’s 20-yard powerful shot sailed inches above the bar, while MYA goalie Bikesh made a diving save to deny Bikarna Shrestha from the box.
TAC coach Yogambar Suwal said the team came under pressure after failing to capitalise on scoring chances. “MYA played a destructive game and my forwards squandered chances on regular intervals,” he said. MYA coach Upendra Man Singh, who is also the president of the club, said it an achievement to hold a strong side for more than 110 minutes. “I had directed my boys to play freely. I am satisfied with their performance and the match was a good lesson for us to prepare for the top-flight league,” said the former national team skipper and goalkeeper.