Chyasal march ahead to meet Friends’

June 6, 2017 – Chyasal Youth Club earned a hard fought 2-1 win over Saraswoti Youth Club on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Lalit Memorial U-18 Championship as the winners of Group A.

In a highly competitive encounter  whose result would decide the fate of the two teams in the championship, Chyasal found both their goals in the first half, while Saraswoti, who refused to give up till the end, pulled one back in the second half.

Chyasal collected seven points from three matches to meet runner- up of Group ‘B’ Friends’ in the quarterfinals. Second placed APF (6 points) will lock horns with departmental rivals Nepal Army.  

Chyasal came into the match needing a draw to qualify to the next but for Saraswoti it was a make-or-break situation.

Krishna Bolan gave Chyasal a 21st minute lead and Susan Shrestha doubled the margin in the 44th minute.  Om Prakash Singh pulled one back for Saraswoti but it was too little to make any difference to the club’s ambition though they made several attempts to bounce back.

Chyasal coach Thamman Bhsual had mixed feeling from the performance of this team.

“ We needed to win the match because we wanted to qualify as the winner and I am happy the team bagged all three points, but our defensive line has not been functioning well. The quarter-finals has more competitive teams and if we don’t improve in that (defense) are it is going to be very difficult for us,” he said.

In the second match of the day, Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi were held to a 1-1 draw by Far-western Football Club.

With both teams out from the race in the penultimate round itself, the only purpose of today’s match was to end with a win.

However, heavy weights Manang were deprived of their first win by Ram Dhakal who scored an own goal in the 60th minute. Dhiraj Sunwar had given Manang a 38th minute lead.