Defending champions Machhindra Football Club began their title defense with a 2-1 win over New Road Team (NRT). Sunil Bal scored both the goals for Machhindra in the win. Bal gave the lead in the 12th minute from Bishal Rai's cross. After the first half lead, NRT levelled through Erik Bista's free-kick in the 54th minute. Bal gave Machhindra the lead in the 80th minute from Sujal Shrestha's cross and claim all three points for the team. Machhindra's coach Prabesh Katuwal said he was happy for the win but his team should have scored more goals. "We wasted many opportunities and should have scored more. We are unhappy with some of the referee decisions but happy with the win," said Katuwal. NRT's coach Raju Kaji Shakya said he was happy with his team's performance despite the win. "It is our first match and it takes time to get the team set. We conceded after a poor mistake and that led to our defeat," said Shakya. The games will now return on Friday with Satdobato Youth Club facing Three Star Club in the first match at 1 pm and Sankata Club taking on Friends Club in the second match at 4:45 pm. Both the games will be played at Dasharath Stadium.