Three Star Club end Satdobato’s winning runShakya scores late to earn four-time champions a 1-0 win.
Satdobato Youth Club’s three-match winning streak in the Martyrs Memorial A-Division League came to a halt after they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Three Star Club at the Dasharath Stadium in Tripureshwar on Monday.
Aditya Shakya scored late in the second half to give Three Star their second win of the season. The win helped Three Star climb to fourth position with seven points.
Satdobato, who are toe-to-toe with early pacesetters Church Boys United Club, stay in the second position with nine points. League debutants Church Boys can go three points clear if they continue their winning momentum against Sankata on Tuesday.
Four-time league champions Three Star were aggressive from the start and threatened the Satdobato box in the 13th minute when Ashok Khawas’s long pass into the box found Laken Limbu—who also had a goal disallowed for offside after the break—but the midfielder’s header sailed over the bar.
Three Star’s best chance of the first half came through a set piece in the 45th minute. Bikram Lama headed a corner from Anil Maharjan towards the goal but Satdobato goalkeeper Abhishek Baral reacted quickly to ward off the danger.
Three Star continued to attack after the restart as well but Satdobato kept them frustrated until the 89th minute when Shakya broke the deadlock.
Shakya danced his way into the box to meet a corner from Maharjan and struck a venomous half-volley past seven defenders and into the back of the net to lift Three Star’s mood.
Khumaltar register second win
Earlier, newboys Khumaltar Youth Club defeated Himalayan Sherpa 2-1 to pull off their second win.
Khumaltar went in front in the 21st minute when Manish Thapa ran into a deflection by his teammate Stephane Samir Binong and drilled a low shot past Sherpa goalkeeper Biwash Chaudhary.
Sherpa’s Abayomi Oluwaseun Fakunle had a golden opportunity to equalise in the injury time of the first half when he forced his way into the penalty box but Khumaltar goalkeeper denied him with a brilliant save.
Binong doubled Khumaltar’s lead in the 65th minute. Binong battled with Sherpa defender Amrit Shrestha to meet a through pass from Amrit Gurung and poked past goalie Chaudhary.
Sherpa’s Biswash Shrestha scored from a free kick in the 80th minute to reduce the deficit but Khumaltar held on to hand Sherpa their second loss.
Khumaltar have six points from four matches.
Sherpa have four points.