Sankhamul edge Dhuku 6-2 to climb on top of ‘A’ Division National Futsal LeagueThe title favourites edge rivals Dhuku 6-2 to register third win in a row while Sabin Memorial and The Rising miss chance to climb on top after 5-5 draw.
Title favourites Sankhamul Futsal edged rivals Dhuku Futsal Hub 6-2 to climb on top of the standings while Sabin Memorial FC and The Rising Club missed opportunity to move to summit after they played 5-5 draw in the 'A' Division National Futsal League at the Pokhara covered hall on Sunday.
Kathmandu-based Sankhamul, who played draws in the first two matches, climbed atop the table for the first time after their third win in a row. They have 11 points after five matches and could drop to second position if Sports Castle, with a match in hand, beat Machhindra Sky Goals on Monday. Dhuku, the pre tournament favourites, are seventh with four points.
Rising of Dharan, Sabin Memorial of Pokhara are joint second along with Sports Castle with 10 points each. The winners Rising and Sabin could have taken pole position before they settled for the draw.
Sankhamul dominated the show from the beginning against Dhuku, who qualified for the event as champions of Bagmati Province, and went into the break with 3-0 lead. Susaan Shrestha struck twice in the first half and Jenish Prajapati added another.
Aruj Singh, Mani Lama and Krijal Khadka were on the scoresheet in the second half. Subrat Narsingh KC and Amit Lama scored for Dhuku in the second half.
Sankhamul coach Prakash Pariyar said that his side had the advantage over the opponent team. "Dhuku did not have a full strength team due to injury and match suspension (card) of players. It is a positive aspect to gain points from the strong team. We knew the opponents very well and it was easy to gain points," said Pariyar.
Dhuku coach Raj Maharjan said that his side could not get results due to absence of first players because of injuries. "With yet another player injured, we now have five players injured. It was a must win match for us to finish in the top four positions. Now we will fight to avoid relegation and prepare for next edition," said Maharjan.
In the kickoff match, Rising fought back from three goals down to snatch a point. Sabin Memorial were 3-0 ahead by the ninth minute after Abhinash Tamang struck twice and Manish Chhetri netted another shortly after kickoff. Chhetri also added his second goal after the break and Sunil BK was also on target in the second half.
Sudip Gurung inspired Rising's comeback with a hat-trick while Hemanta Thapa Magar scored a brace.
Sabin Memorial coach Rajendra Tamang blamed complacency of his players for the outcome. "They lacked seriousness and were overconfident. We need more points but they seemed satisfied with what they have and we lacked a leader in the game," said Tamang.
Rising coach Yubendra Gurung expressed satisfaction with his side's performance despite the injury of four players. "The goalie has been playing despite the doctor's advice to rest for three weeks. We are also missing some key players. So we are pleased with today's match outcome," said Gurung.