Madhyapur, Pokhara win

Pokhara, August 17:

Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City and Madhyapur Thimi Municipality entered the quarter-finals of the third Inter-municipality Football Tournament here at the Pokhara Stadium today.

In the day’s Group A matches, Pokhara thrashed Bharatpur Municipality 9-0 while Madhyapur Thimi Municipality outplayed Inaruwa Municipality 6-1.

Local star Anil Gurung — who joined NRT this season after a successful one-year spell at the Manang Marsyangdi Club — scored his third hat-trick in as many matches when he struck four goals against Bharatpur on Friday. He also became the highest scorer so far with 10 goals.

Anil Ojha, Vishan Gauchan, Bishnu KC, Santosh KC and Dipendra Tamang also joined the

party as the hosts dominated the field throughout the match. Pokhara will now play Madhyapur Thimi on August 20.

Defending champions Madhyapur Thimi also had an easy outing against Inaruwa. Santosh Sahukhala scored a hat-trick while Bharat Khawas, Bal Gopal Sahukhala and Binod Bista scored a goal each. Basanta Subedi netted the consolation goal for Inaruwa.

On Saturday, Lalitpur Sub-metropolitan City will take on Putali Bazaar, while Dharan Municipality face Nepalgunj Municipality at the same venue.