KATHMANDU: Santosh Sahukhala scored four goals as Nabil Three Star Club thrashed nine-man Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club (JYC) 6-0 in a match marred by controversial refeering in the Martyrs Memorial San Miguel A Division League here at the Dasharath Stadium today.

Earlier, NRT’s decision to field two new Brazilains backfired as the leaders were forced to share a point in their goalless draw against relegation threatened Sankata Kathmandu Mall Club. The day’s results, however, did not affect the overall standings as NRT stayed top of the table with 28 points from 13 matches and Three Star (25 points) maintained their No 3 spot. JYC (14) remained ninth and Sankata second from the bottom with seven points.

NRT missed a chance to widen their lead atop the table with Nepal Police Club (NPC) with the draw. NPC are second with 26 points. The introduction of two new Brazilian midfielders — Gabriel Da Silva and Leandro Da Silva — could not make any impact in the match.

The only notable attack from the NRT came in the 69th minute when Gabriel’s powerful close range shot was denied by Sankata goalkeeper Suman Legal. NRT coach Diken Suwal admitted the draw has dented their title hopes. Sankata coach Chet Narayan Shrestha said his side was in a dire situation. “We are now under tremendous pressure to win every match if we are to survive in the top Division,” said Shrestha.

Meanwhile, in the other match, Three Star were in total control even before the JYC were reduced to nine men afterthe 44th minute. Referee Sudish Pandey sent off Hem Gurung for intentionally kicking the back of Three Star’s French midfielder Jocelyn Morgan Pierce. JYC skipper Raj Kumar KC was next to get the marching order after he verbally abused the referee in his protest over the sent off.

Sahukhala gave Three Star the 29th minute lead, finishing on a cross from Anjan KC. The Three Star forward added his second in the 57th minute, rounding off JYC shot stopper Min Basnet before slotting home. Sahukhala completed his second hat trick of the league in the 89th before adding his fourth in the first minute of the added-on time.

In between Castory D Mumbara converted a freekick in the 68th minute and Jocelyn converted in the 73rd. Sahukhala leads the highest goals scorer chart with 15, seven more than the second best Danish Sayan Mosavi of NRT.

JYC attack, intimidate referees

KATHMANDU: The whole camp of the Samsung Jawalakhel Youth Club (JYC) tried to manhandle the panel of referees during their Martyrs Memorial A Division League football match against Nabil Three Star Club at the Dasharath Stadium on Saturday.

After the match referee Sudish Pandey rightly sent off Hem Gurung for kicking Three Star’s Jocelyn Morgan Pierce in the 44th minute, the officials and players came out of the dug-out to protest the decision. The ANFA officials and security personnels tried their best to control the situation but the scene took another turn when the referee sent off JYC skipper Raj Kumar KC for verbally abusing him.

Players and coaches then evaded the

field to manhandle referee Pandey which interupted the match for about 12 minutes. Some JYC officials were even forcing the suspended skipper Raj Kumar to take to the field. JYC assistant coach Rajaram Karki said that the referee was responsible to ignite the scene. It was the third time this season that the club officials tried to manhandle the referees.

In the first leg, Sankata Kathmandu

Mall Club and Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club officials tried to manhandle referees and ANFA suspended those involved in the incident.