Birgunj Youth United stun Sankata to reach Simara Gold Cup semi

BARA: Birgunj Youth United have secured their berth in the semi-finals of the ongoing Ruslan ninth Simara Gold Cup Football Tournament registering a 1-0 win over defending champion CMG Club Sankata on Tuesday.

In quarter-final encounter at Simara Stadium, Amar Dangol struck only goal of the match in the 16th minute for BYU. Dangol collected the rebound ball coming from the Sankata goalie Binaya Shrestha following the shot from Bishal Rai and slammed it from close range.

Goal scorer Dangol was forced to leave the pitch due to the injury he picked in the 24th minute and he is likely to lose next match according to BYU coach Sulav Jung Rana.

Likewise, the semi-final lineup is now completed with BYU becoming the latest team to book their place in the last four. Ruslan Three Star will take on Morang Football Club in tournament's first semifinal match on Wednesday while BYU and Tribhuvan Army Club in the second last four encounter, a day later.

After the match, Sankata coach Salyan Khadgi said that conceding an early goal and his players failing to utilize the chances in the second half were major reasons behind the defeat.

Winning side BYU coach Rana was delighted for beating the defending champion. "We should have added the goals in second half. But still i am happy for what we have achieved," said Rana.