Promoted Satdobato Youth Club (SYC) stunned Three Star Club (TSC) 1-0 in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Friday.
Sudip Gurung's goal in the 29th minute was the only difference between the two sides at Dasharath Stadium. Three Star was well below their average and beside few chances failed to threaten the opposition. Three Star had won their first match against Chaysal Youth Club 3-0 while Satdobato had played goalless draw against Friends Club.
Satdobato's coach Megh Raj KC said he was happy with team's performance but pointed on multiple aspects where his team can improve. "As a promoted team playing in the top-tier for the first time, we played well. But there are many areas where we should improve as this is a marathon and not a race," said KC. He said they still need to work in their finishing.
Three Star's Urjan Shrestha said they failed to maintain ball possession and had problem with lack of striker in the team. "Our key player Hemanta Thapa Magar could not play due to illness and we missed his absence. We failed to hold ball possession and failed in making attempts," he said. Shrestha said the defeat against Satdobato is likely to hamper their title aspirations.
Sankata Club will play Friends Club in the second match of the day.
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.
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.
Hari Om Shrestha has been appointed as the head coach of U-19 women's team. The team will take part in the SAFF U-19 Championship in Bangladesh from December 11-21.
Shrestha has called up 40 players for the closed camp of the national team. The team has started training at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.
Preliminary players: Anjana Rana Magar, Lila Joshi, Puja Thapa, Ankita Rai, Sabitri Kishan, Manju Kumari Khadka, Saloni Rana Magar, Sabina Chaudhary, Pratikshya Chaudhary, Ganga Kumari Chaudhary, Rojina Shrestha, Bimala Bk, Priya Basnet, Goma Rokaya, Khusma Rai, Kumari Tamang, Susmita Chaudhary, Susma Tamang, Tulasa Bohara, Hima Rawat, Sarala Bajracharya, Manisha Sen, Susma GT, Saraswoti Rokaya, Surakshya Kumari Singh, Dipa Shahi, Preeti Kulung Rai, Sabita Rana Magar, Sunkala Rai, Renuka Hamal, Anjali Machamasi, Menuka Ale Magar, Rajani Thokar, Rashmi Kumari Ghising, Sadipa Bholan, Chandra Bhandari, Kusum Khatiwada, Amisha Karki, Sunita Tamang, Jenifer Rana
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