Dinesh Rajbanshi's solitary goal helped Manang Marsyangdi Club edge Jawalakhel Youth Club 1-0 in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Sunday.
Rajbanshi headed in the goal in the 57th minute as Manang began their campaign with a scrappy win at Dasharath Stadium. Manang's Afeez Olawale thought he had given the lead in the 31st minute but he was deemed offside.
There were relatively few clear-cut scoring chances created by both the teams in the first half. Manang's coach Rajendra Shrestha said he was confident of securing the win from the game but had to work hard for it.
"There was not much pressure to me as a coach as we have quality players in our team. It was not a comfortable win for us where we created a lot of chances but could not utilize," said Shrestha.
Jawalakhel's coach Kishor Kumar KC said both teams were level on tactics and created good scoring opportunities. "We conceded the goal and every moves I made to rectify that mistake didn't work. We had more chances than them but could not score," said KC.
Tribhuvan Army Football Club will play Nepal Police Club in the first match at 1 pm on Monday while defending champions Machhindra Club take on New Road Team in the second match at 4:45 pm.