Khumaltar edge Boys Union to join leaders on topWith the outcome, Khumaltar joined leaders Satdobato on top with 22 points after playing nine matches.
Second placed Khumaltar Youth Club defeated Boys Union Club 3-0 to come level on points with leader Satdobato Youth Club in the Martyrs Memorial 'B' Division League football tournament at the AFNA Complex, Satdobato, on Wednesday.
Skipper Sabin KC struck twice for Khumaltar in the first half before Ayush Ghalan added another after the interval to seal the victory.
With the outcome, Khumaltar joined leaders Satdobato on top with 22 points after playing nine matches. But Khumaltar are behind Satdobato on the basis of head-to-head record as they were defeated 1-0 in their match. Satdobato also enjoy a match advantage over Khumaltar and could seal promotion to 'A' division if they win the remaining three matches. Boys Union are fourth with 14 points.
KC put Khumaltar ahead in the 19th minute and doubled the tally two minutes before the interval. Ghalan sealed the victory with third goal in the 74th minute.
Khumaltar coach Rajesh Shahi said that their objective was to keep winning matches and secure promotion. "Though we played to the mark today, our winning results will not only be sufficient to secure promotion. It depends upon the result of other teams," said Shahi.
Boys Union assistant coach Ranjit Singh expressed dissatisfaction at his side's performance. "We played the last match far better than this but everything went wrong today," said Singh, adding that injuries to his team's key defender had also hampered their performance.
In the day's early fixture, Nayabasti Youth Club and Tushal Youth Club played a 1-1 draw. Bibek Gurung put Nayabasti ahead in the 39th minute before Alone Rai restored parity in the 71st minute to walk home with one point each.
Nayabasti and Tushal are sixth and seventh in the standings with 12 and nine points respectively after playing equal eight matches.
Nayabasti assistant coach Bikash Rai rued the lack of understanding between players. "We are happy to walk away with one point but we could have done better. Our defenders failed to mark the opponents and we also had communication gap," said Rai.
Tushal coach Naresh Shrestha blamed the absence of coordination between his wingers and strikers. "Our midfielder failed to possess the ball as per the game plan and we were not well organised," said Shrestha.