NPC’s Nisha Sunar (right) vies for the ball against Ranjana Chaudhari of Eastern during their Women’s League Football Tournament in Lalitpur on Tuesday. Photo: THT

NPC’s Nisha Sunar (right) vies for the ball against Ranjana Chaudhari of Eastern during their Women’s League Football Tournament in Lalitpur on Tuesday. Photo: THT
Lalitpur, April 19 Defending champions Nepal Police Club (NPC) advanced to the Super League of the National Women’s League Football Tournament here today. NPC defeated Eastern Region 4-1 in their second match of the tournament at the ANFA Complex grounds. NPC accumulated six points from two matches which was enough for the departmental side to book a place in the Super League from Group A. Central Region are second with four points, while Eastern Region third with one. Nisha Sunar scored a brace, while Niru Thapa and Yasodha Lama netted one apiece for NPC. Manju Rai scored the consolation goal for Eastern Region. Thapa provided the lead to NPC in the 25th minute, while Lama doubled the lead with a goal in the 34th. Sunar then struck twice in the 44th and 64th minutes after Rai had reduced the deficit scoring the team’s solitary goal in the 55th minute. NPC coach Sandesh Shrestha said the soaring temperature and injury were the reasons behind poor performance of his team. Eastern coach Bhagawati Rana Magar, former national player, was happy with her girls’ show. “We could have saved a couple of goals but our defense line did not work properly,” said the former national team member. “Our target is to win the next match and qualify for the Super League.” In the second match of the day, Central Region put themselves in a strong position to advance to the next round with a 8-0 victory over Mid-western Region. Rashmi Kumar Ghising scored a hat-trick, while Sita Kuswar netted a brace. Rabina Maharjan, Moika Kuswar and Manisha Rau added a goal each.