Sankhamul reach playoffs, Sabin Memorial see off Prabhatpheri Youth ClubSankhamul thump relegated Jharana 7-0 to move up to second while Sabin Memorial keep their top-four hopes alive with an 8-4 win over Prabhatpheri.
Sankhamul Futsal climbed up to second in the 'A' Division National Futsal League standings with a comfortable 7-0 victory over the relegated Jharana Sports Club in Pokhara on Sunday.
Jinesh Prajapati scored a hat-trick while Aruj Singh, Krijal Khadka, Yugesh Shrestha and Sabin Khadka were also on the scoresheet as Sankhamul confirmed their place in the top four at the Pokhara covered hall.
Sankhamul have 18 points from eight matches with five wins and three draws, and with the last round remaining they can now focus their attention on securing at least second position and a Qualifier 1 clash against Sports Castle before heading into the playoffs.
Sports Castle have already secured top-place finish in the league amassing 22 points—a four-point gap with now second Sankhamul.
Sabin Memorial, meanwhile, boosted their bid for top-four place with a 8-4 win over strugglers Prabhatpheri earlier on the day thanks to a double hat-trick from Abhinash Tamang. Manoj Gurung also scored twice for Sabin Memorial.
Nabin Lama, Dona Thapa and Akhilesh Karki netted for third-from-bottom club Prabhatpheri.
Sabin Memorial sit in the fifth position with 13 points and still fancy a chance to squeeze into the playoffs but face a daunting task against unbeaten Sankhamul in their final fixture.
"I am happy with the result. We still have a mathematical chance to advance," said Sabin Memorial coach Rajendra Tamang, who was full of praise for pivot Abhinash, who became the first player to score a double hat-trick in the competition. He is also the highest scorer of the competition with 18 goals so far.
"Abhinash was outstanding today despite his injuries. His presence makes a lot of difference," the coach added.
"I played today after a four-day rest. I have not fully recovered yet. I wanted to do something for the team and I am happy I could," said Abhinash.
Futsal 5 are fourth with 14 points and have a relatively easier task against Prabhatpheri for the playoffs battle on Tuesday.
The Rising Club are third with 16 points and will face table leaders Sports Castle, also unbeaten, on Monday.
Rupandehi-based club Lumbini Futsal have also been relegated.
Also, in the another match of the day, Dhuku Futsal defeated Sky Goals 7-5 courtesy of four goals from Bikrant Narsingh Rana. Urken Sherpa and Prasiddha Magar also scored for Dhuku.
Manoj Rai, Aashish Sunam, Sanjog Chamling and Amit Tamang netted for Sky Goals.