Three Star beat Sankata to secure top-six finishDespite win against Brigade Boys, Nepal Police yet to confirm National League berth.
Four-time title holders Three Star beat Sankata to secure a top-six finish in the Martyr’s Memorial ‘A’ Division league on Friday thanks to a solitary second-half strike from defender Ananta Tamang.
With the win, Three Star earned 20 points from their 11 matches to find themselves a spot ahead of defending champions Manang Marshyangdi, currently fourth with 19 points. Sankata, are fifth with 15 points.
A top-six finish in the tournament, which still has two more rounds, is a matter of prestige for the clubs as it gives them a spot in the coveted National League. "Both the teams played good football," said Three Star coach Megh Raj KC after the match. "I am happy that we are now guaranteed a top-six finish in the league," he said.
Sankata could have drawn first blood late in the first half, but Three Star defender Bikram Lama Lama cleared a 42nd-minute header from Ajayi Martins from inside the box to deny them the opportunity. The match would have ended in a goalless draw if it weren’t for a clinical strike from Tamang, who also features on the national squad. In the 61st minute of the match. Tamang
collected a ball deflected off a Sankata defender and converted it to a goal from close range.
Sankata coach Bijay Maharjan said that his team will still compete for a top-six finish. "The match did not go as planned. We still have two more matches to play, and if we can win both of them, we can secure a place in the top six."
Meanwhile, a first-half goal from Bharat Shah saw Nepal Police secure a narrow 1-0 win over Brigade Boys in the second match of the day. Brigade Boys dominated proceedings until the first half-hour into the match, but it was the policemen who found the back of the net. Skipper Bharat Shah headed home Nir Kumar Rai’s 29th-minute corner.
Despite the win, the police team are yet to secure a place in the top six. They find themselves fifth while Brigade Boys settle for 11th, only three places ahead of bottom-placed Saraswoti with eight points.
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