Three Star back to winning days with 2-1 victory over Jawalakhel

Three Star Club (TSC) climbed to fifth on the table after a 2-1 victory over Jawalakhel Youth Club (JYC) in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Saturday.

Ayush Ghalan opened the scoring for TSC in the seventh minute before Ritik Kumar Khadka doubled it in the 26th. Ghalan thought he had scored the team's third in the 36th but was ruled offside by match officials.

After going 2-0 down in the first half, JYC romped up the pressure in the second and found the net through Nicholas Fernandes in the 55th minute.

TSC's coach Urjan Shrestha said they were happy to score after a barren run. "We are even more delighted with the win. But we played good game only in the first half. Our second half was poor," said Shrestha.

JYC's Kishor Kumar KC blamed poor pitch condition and referees decision played a big part in their defeat. "My players played well but they were let down by the poor pitch condition and referees not being fair in their decision making," said KC.

The second match of the day at Dasharath Stadium will be played between Chyasal Youth Club and Sankata Youth Club at 4:45 pm.

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NRT edge Friends 3-2, move to fifth

New Road Team (NRT) quelled off a spirited fightback from Friends Club to register a 3-2 win in the Qatar Airways Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Friday.

All the goals of the game were scored by foreign players. Messouke Oloumou scored twice and Stephane Samir Binong scored one for NRT while Jamoul Francois and Nathaniel Jude Garcia scored for Friends.

Binong opened the opening in the fifth minute and Messouke doubled the goal advantage in the 20th minute to give a 2-0 lead for NRT at the break. Francois pulled one back for Friends but the comeback was soon put to rest by Messouke's second in the fourth minute of the added time.

Garcia scored Friends second in the sixth and final minute of the added time and they ran out of time for any chances of levelling the score.

NRT's head coach Raju Kaji Shakya said their defending looked shaky at times in second half but held on for the win. "We came for three points and we achieved it. We came under pressure in the second half when they attacked us but I am happy for the win," Shakya said.

Friends Club's head coach Mrigendra Mishra said they put on a hopeless show in the first half but bounced back in the second. "Our second half performance was good. Pressure has started to get us but we still have games to play," Mishra said when questioned about the club's chances of survival in the top-tier.

Three Star Club will play Jawalakhel Youth Club in the first match at Dasharath Stadium on Saturday at 1 pm. The second match between Manang Marsyangdi Club and Brigade Boys Club will be played in Pokhara at 2 pm while the third match between Sankata Club and Chyasal Youth Club will be played at Dasharath Stadium at 4:45 pm.

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Departmental derby between APF and Army ends in draw

APF Football Club (APF) and Tribhuvan Army Football Club (TAFC) played a 1-1 draw in the Martyr's Memorial 'A' Division League 2021/22 on Friday.

George Prince Karki's opener was cancelled out by Bikey Tamang at Dasharath Stadium.

Karki's shot was deflected into the net by Tamang in the 63rd minute and four minutes later Tamang levelled the score. APF were a better team throughout the game and dominated their departmental rivals but could not score further.

APF's head coach Kumar Thapa said his team lies in precarious position in the table and needed to win today's game. "Of course we are not happy with six points from seven matches. If any team below us wins one match we are going to fall further on the table," Thapa said. He added his team has improved  with matches but are often pegged back in matches. "We often fall behind and chase the game. We have not been able to score first and hold on to our lead," he said.

TAFC's head Nabin Neupane said performance of his side was down after the first 15 minutes. "They were way too many mispasses. We scored first but could not hold even for four minutes," he said. Neupane added his players are not playing up to their potential leaving his team draw more matches. "Five draws from seven matches is what we have played so far. We are now fighting to stay in the top four spot rather than aiming for the title," he added.

Following the draw, TAFC and APF both lie in their previous 4th and 11th position in the table respectively.

Friends Club will play New Road Team in the second match of the day.

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One day seminar for coaches held

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) has conducted one day coaches seminar on Thursday.

ANFA and district coaches took part in the seminar held at ANFA Complex in Satdobato.

ANFA General Secretary Indraman Tuladhar welcomed the coaches and other participants in the programme. ANFA Senior Vice President Pankaj Nembang, Vice President Upendra Man Singh also addressed the programme.

An interaction programme was held towards the end of the seminar.

ANFA President Karma Tsering Sherpa concluded the programme.

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