Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Brigade Boys Club (BBC) played a 1-1 draw in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Monday.
After sharing a point each, both teams are under pressure to escape relegation. NPC have seven points from eight matches and BBC with six points from eight matches are one and two points above the relegation zone.
In a quickfire start to the match at Dasharath Stadium, BBC's Roshan Rana Magar scored in just the second minute to put the team ahead. But NPC bounced back into the game two minutes later through Buddha Tamang. Either sides could have won all the three points but missed opportunities meant both the sides shared spoils in the final game of the eighth round.
NPC's head coach Ananta Raj Thapa said they played an attacking game against BBC but were weak defensively. "We wanted all three points but we were weak defensively. We are happy that we didn't let the team below us win all three points. It is better to win a single point than to lose all three especially against a team below us," said Thapa.
BBC's Sanoj Shrestha said poor marking by his defenders let NPC to get back on the game. "We wanted to score early and we did exactly so. But we were poor in man marking and that helped them get back on the game. Or else it was a good performance from us," said Shrestha.
Machhindra Football Club maintain a single point lead over Manang Marsyangdi Club as the eight round of matches came to a close. Friends Club and Chyasal Youth Club occupy the bottom two slots with three and five points respectively.
The ninth round of matches will begin from January 14.