Departmental derby ends in 1-1 stalemate

  • 2021-11-22

Tribhuvan Army Football Club (TAFC) shared points with Nepal Police Club (NPC) after the two departmental sides played a 1-1 draw in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Monday.

Title contenders TAFC were sloppy most of the time and pegged back when Nepal Police Club's Santosh Hemram scored from Tej Tamang's free-kick in the 51st minute. After going a goal down, TAFC's assistant Raju Tamang sent in Sudil Rai and Bibek Basnet and it worked out for the team.

Basnet levelled in the 61st minute with his perfect left-footed shot finding the top corner. Another TAFC's substitute Tek Bahadur Budathoki capitalized on a rushing opposition goalkeeper Satrughan Chaudhary's mitake to find the net but his goal was ruled offiside.

TAFC's assistant coach Tamang said it was an overall a good game but they lacked coordination in defensive and attacking front. "We missed scoring opportunities and the goal was also ruled offside. We hope to improve in our next matches as it is our first match of the league," said Tamang.

NPC's head coach Ananta Thapa said they were happy to steal a point from the runner-up of the last league. "We had scored first but conceded due to our own mistake. But we are happy with a point. It helps to boost team morale," said Thapa.

Defending champions Machhindra Club will play against New Road Team (NRT) in the other match of the day today.

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