MMC hammer KanchanjungaManang Marshyangdi Club (MMC) inflicted a demoralizing 7-0 defeat on visiting Kanchanjunga Football Club of India in the Aaha Gold Cup football tournament here on Friday.
The victory margin is a new record in the 13 years history of the tournament. Previous big margin victory had been 5-0. Sahara Club ‘Blue’ and Nepal Police Club had won with the margin twice while MMC and Saraswoti had also recorded similar wins.
The three-time Aaha Gold Cup champions MMC all but killed the match in the first half after scoring four goals. The top-tier side added three more after resumption to complete the rout. Bishal Rai ‘B; and Sujal Shresha scored braces while Shiva Shrestha, Sushil KC and Krishna Kunwar also joined in the goal-scoring spree.
Shiva gave MMC an early ninth minute lead, heading over the advancing Kanchanjunga goalkeeper Nantu Majumdar. Rai doubled the lead in the 31st minute, scoring from close after well timed short pass from Zikahi Dodoz. Dodoz once again was the provider when Sujal made it 3-0 seven minutes later.
Rai added his second and the team’s fourth goal in the 39th minute. MMC started from where they left after the interval as Sushil KC scored the fifth goal in the 48th minute. The match was far from over and the Kathmandu-based outfits still had time to add two more goals.
Sujal scored his second goal in the 88th minute as he followed up a rebound to score past the Kanchanjunga custodian Mazumdar. Anil Gurung had his shot deflected off the keeper and into the bar but Sujal was in right place to pounce on the opportunity to score. Kunwar added more salts to the Kanchanjunga wounds scoring the seventh goal for MMC in the dying moments of the game.
MMC coach Raju Kaji Shakya said the game was a one-sided affair. “We were confident of victory but had not imagined to win by such a huge margin. Shakya believed the scoreline owed much to the weak opponents.
Kanchanjunga coach Dinkar Chhetri said MMC were a much better team and suffered the heavy defeat. He also found an excuse for his side defeat saying that five of his regular players could not make the trip, weakening the team very much.
Nepal Police Club will play Nawa Jana Jagriti Youth Club on Saturday.