Manang win, Army lose derbyThe eight-time champions beat NRT 3-1. Army suffer a 1-0 defeat against APF.
Manang Marshyangdi Club registered their second win of the season after they defeated New Road Team (NRT) 3-1 in the Martyrs Memorial A-Division League on Wednesday.
Roshan Rana Magar, Sayidjamol Davlatjonov and Koffi Timothee Koudo scored for Manang at the Dasharath Stadium, with the win sending the record eight-time league champions up to third in the 14-team standings with eight points from four matches.
Rana Magar put Manang in front in the 39th minute with his clever footwork as he dribbled inside the penalty area and drilled a low shot past NRT goalkeeper Pujan Hona, after he was set up by Randip Paudel.
Davlatjonov came off the bench after the hour mark and made an instant impact. Moments after replacing Bhison Gurung, the Uzbek set up Koudo for a header inside the six-yard box but Hona reacted quickly to deny the Togo attacker.
But Hona could not stop Davlatjonov from furthering Manang’s advantage from the spot kick in the 69th minute after NRT substitute Janmejay Dhami badly tackled Davlatjonov inside the box.
Koudo then made certain that Manang walked away with three points with a brilliant individual effort in the 87th.
Ashok Thapa pulled a consolation goal for NRT with a header in injury time.
NRT, who suffered their third defeat of the season, lie second from bottom with one point.
Tribhuvan Army Club’s unbeaten run in the league came to an end after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against APF Club at the Chyasal Stadium.
Mani Kumar Lama scored the decisive goal for APF in the 37th minute finishing a cross from Bipan Shrestha.
Army stay in the ninth position with one win, two draws and one loss.
It was APF’s second win this season. Square on seven points with Jawalakhel Youth Club and Three Star Club, they lie in the fifth spot, in between Jawalakhel on fourth and Three Star on sixth.
Khumaltar take on Satdobato Youth Club and Himalayan Sherpa lock horns with Sankata Club on Thursday.