Chetan salvages draw
KATHMANDU: Two late goals from Chetan Ghimire saved defending champions Nepal Police Club (NPC) from the first major upset at the Martyrs Memorial San Miguel A Division League Football in their 2-2 draw against the Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club (JYC) here at the Dasharath Stadium today.
In another match, Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) saw off Boys Union Club 2-0 to register their first win in the league. Deepak Rai and Nagen Lama scored one goal each for RCT.
Man-of-the-match Sachendra Dhimal stunned NPC in the 19th minute, directing Krishna Malakar’s corner with a brilliant header to put Jawalakhel 1-0 up. NPC appeared down and out when Jaghu Nath Khadka produced a stunner in the 79th minute as his powerful 25-yard shot left custodian Ritesh Thapa stranded on the goalline.
Chetan then came to rescue the departmental team with two fine headers in four minutes. The former U-19 star headed home a cross from Rabin Shrestha in the 88th minute before heading home yet another goal on a cross from Ju Manu Rai two minutes into the injury time.
NPC coach Birat Krishna Shrestha said his side unnecessarily worked out on the ball and missed the scoring opportunities early on. NPC missed two clear chances early in the match after Rabin failed to judge his shot close from the area following a cross from Chetan in the eighth minute. Chetan also failed to meet a Ju Manu cross in the goalmouth.
JYC coach Suman Yonzon said he was satisfied with the overall result but was disappointed they conceded two late goals. “Fitness problem caused us three clear points. They (NPC) capitalised on our players’ exhaustion to pull back two goals late on,” added the coach.
RCT, who fielded two foreign players in Nagen Lama and Amir Lama from the United Kurseong Football Club, got the lead from Deepak in the 27th minute. Prabesh Katuwal chipped a ball over a Boys Union defender and fed to unmarked Deepak and the striker made no mistake cashing in on the opportunity.
Yogesh Gurung attempted a header in the 57th minute on a cross from Bhim Darlami but the ball rebounded off the pole. Deepak missed to bring his second goal when his spot kick skied high in the 70th minute. RCT were awarded the penalty after Bishnu Sunuwar handled the ball in the danger zone.
However, Amir doubled the lead for RCT in the 87th minute converting a cross from Deepak.
RCT coach Madhu Karki was dissatisfied with the way his boys played. “I think my players took the opponents too easy otherwise the win margin could have been high for us,” said Karki. Karki also said his imported players gave a satisfactory performance in their debut.
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