Manang, Pokhara ‘A’ advance to final

Pokhara, May 2:

Hosts Pokhara ‘A’ and Carlsberg Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) entered the final of the first Pepsi Seven-A-Side International Football Tournament here today.

MMC defeated Pokhara ‘B’ team 3-0, while the hosts ‘A’ team beat Dharan Seven-A-Side Team 2-0 to set up the final. The final is on Saturday.

Sunil Subedi put MMC ahead in the sixth minute, while Prashant Giri doubled the tally in the 45th minute through penalty after Pokhara ‘B’ goalkeeper Ganesh Khadka brought down Subedi inside the penalty area.

Raj Kumar Ghising put the issue beyond doubt in the 49th minute when he scored following man of the match Subedi’s cross.

Earlier in the first semi-final, Basanta Gauchan scored from 30 yards following a cross from Anil Ojha in the 14th minute to put the hosts team ahead. Rajendra Tamang doubled the lead in the 17th minute through a free kick from 40 yards.

Pokhara ‘A’ goalkeeper Sanjeev Shrestha was named the man of the match.