RCT hold MMC

Kathmandu, November 30:

Both the matches of the Martyrs’ Memorial San Miguel ‘A’ Division League — Manang Marsyangdi Club (MMC) vs Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) and Sankata Club vs New Road Team (NRT) — ended in goalless draw here today.

The result means the defending champions MMC have lost seven points so far and are at third position with 17 points from eight matches. RCT remained unmoved at sixth with 13 points. NRT (11) and Sankata (8) also did not change the table and lie at eighth and ninth position respectively. Tribhuvan Army Club lead with 19 points on better goal difference than Mahendra Police Club. Nabil Three Star Club (15) are fourth.

In the first match that started after observing a minute of silence in memory of former RCT player Mohan Lal Kapali who died on Tuesday at the age of 82, both MMC and RCT failed to utilise their chances. MMC strikers were not at their best and coach Chhiring Lopsang Gurung and skipper Tashi Tsering rued the missed chances. “We got the opportunities but the strikers let us down today,” said Gurung, who also hinted bringing in quality strikers for their title defence.

“MMC have not been playing that good since the last three matches and if the performance remains same it will be very difficult to defend our title,” said MMC skipper Tsering.

RCT coach Baiju Kapali also had the similar problems. “We had prepared the counter attacking strategy, and our strikers failed to utilise the opportunities,” he said. “I am not satisfied with the one point we got today as we had opportunities to get full three points,” he added.

In the second match, Sankata players showed their brilliance with dribbling and passing but failed to threaten the NRT post, earning the fifth draw of the league. Coach Maheshwor Mulmi said that his players lacked finishing skills. “They are brilliant in mid and defence, but when it comes to scoring they falter,” he said. On the other hand, NRT was at their par and busy in defence. Coach Raju Shakya was happy with the players improved performance and the point he earned. “I am satisfied with the team work but our strikers have no brain,” said Shakya.

Today’s matches

• APF vs BBC @ 1:00pm

• MPC vs BUC @ 3:00pm