Machhindra go second with win, Jawalakhel held

  • 2023-05-21

Machhindra Football Club moved to the second in the standings after a 2-0 victory over New Road Team at Chyasal Stadium on Sunday.

Afeez Olawale Oladipo and Saurav Limbu scored for Machhindra in the win.

In other game at Dasharath Stadium, Manang Marsyangdi Club and APF Football Club played out a 2-2 draw. Manang, still looking for their first win under new coach Bishnu Gurung, twice took the lead only for APF to make a comeback in the game. It was Manang's sixth consecutive draw in the ongoing league.

Koffi Timothee Koudo scored from the penalty spot, awarded after APF's Bishwas Udas foul on Sumit Shrestha, to give Manang the lead in the 13th minute. Nabin Lama levelled for APF seven minutes later. Shrestha restored Manang's lead in the 26th but Armand Beadoum levelled again in the 64th minute to steal the point for APF.

In the third match of the day, Jawalakhel Youth Club came from 2-0 down to play an entertaining 2-2 draw with Sankata Club at Dasharath Stadium. Ayush Ghalan gave Sankata the lead in the 43rd minute before it was doubled by Chandan Kumar Das in the 73rd minute. Nkoto Synous Masoabi pulled one back in the 77th before substitute Samiraj Thokar levelled the game and ensured Jawalakhel walk away from the game with at least a point four minutes from time.

The draw, coupled by Machhindra's win, means Jawalakhel slipped from second to third in the points table. Second-placed Machhindra have 34 points, a single point lead over Jawalakhel. Manang are eighth with 24 points followed by APF in the ninth with 23 points. Sankata also have 23 points but are 11th.

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