Army thump BUC; Nabil Three Star win

Kathmandu, November 6:

Bikarna Shrestha scored a hat-trick as Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) humiliated lowly Boys’ Union Club (BUC) 9-1 while Nabil Three Star Club (NTSC) defeated Jawalakhel Youth Club 2-0 in a match marred by controversy during the Martyrs’ Memorial San Miguel ‘A’ Division League Football here today.

At the Dasharath Stadium, former league champions Three Star took the lead in an awkward circumstances in the 84th minute. Referee Surendra Sikhrakar awarded a controversial penalty when Uttam Gurung brought down Vijay Gurung, in what appeared to be just outside the D-box area. JYC vehemently protested the decision and the game resumed 18 minutes later.

Lok Bandhu Gurung converted the funny spot kick as JYC goalkeeper Mohammad Nijamuddin, in protest of the decision, stood at the corner of the post letting the ball roll into the nets. Yugal Kishor Rai ensured Three Star’s three points when he beat Nijamuddin before firing into the empty net in the injury time.

Three Star coach Bal Gopal Maharjan said that he was happy to have earned the three points, but stand-in skipper Rajesh Shahi was concerned about the club’s chances of winning the championship. “It would be foolish to eye championship if we continue playing like this,” said Shahi, who led the team in the absence of injured Surendra Tamang.

JYC coach Meg Raj KC accused the biasness of the organising committee for the poor decision. “Everybody saw the foul was committed outside the box. This shows the obvious intent of the referee,” said KC. Meanwhile, JYC filed a complaint against referee Shikrakar and demanded the rematch.

In other match, Tribhuvan Army Club romped the lowly BUC scoring five goals in the first half and four in the latter half. Apart from Bikarna’s hat-trick, Raju Tamang, Chakra Tamang and Santosh Nepali scored two goals each. Raju Rai scored the consolation goal for the BUC.

Bikarna put the Army club ahead in the fifth minute and Raju doubled the tally three mintues later on a superb free kick from just outside the box. A swift move between Kedra Limbu, Raj Kumar Prajapati and Bikarna in the 17th minute resulted into another goal with Bikarna giving the final touch to make it 3-0. Bikarna completed his hat-trick in the 20th minute and the 14th-minute substitute Chakra Tamang added another in the 37th minute.

Raju scored his second goal on a header in the 62nd minute and eight minutes later Chakra also scored his second to make it 7-0. Raju Rai netted the consolation goal for BUC in the 82nd minute. It wasn’t over yet as Santosh Nepali joined the party adding two more goals to the TAC total in the 89th and 91st minute. “We scored many goals but we need to improve a lot in next matches,” said TAC coach Babukaji Dhaubanjar.

The BUC captain Bijay Maharjan expressed confident that they have the potential to improve their game. “Our team is not set yet and they (TAC) were the better team,” said Maharjan, who believed there was no threat of being relegated.

Today’s matches

• MPC vs BBC @ 1:00pm

• APF vs Sankata Club @ 3:00pm