APF maintain unbeaten run in leagueThe league leaders thrashed bottom club Chaudandigadhi 14-0 to extend their lead at top with 21 points from seven games.
Armed Police Force (APF) Club continued their unbeaten run in the National Women’s League on Monday as they pulverised bottom club Chaudandigadhi Municipality 14-0.
Sabitra Bhandari netted eight goals, Anita KC and captain Anita Basnet each scored a double, while captain Anu Lama and Rabina Gole also found the net in the day’s only game at the ANFA Complex.
The win also cemented the champions lead at top with maximum 21 points from seven matches.
Second-placed Tribhuvan Army were able to temporarily cut the gap with APF to two points after destroying the winless side 9-0 in the first match of the second leg on Saturday.
But the merciless APF showed they are not an easy side to be chased when the national team striker began the rout in the 4th minute. KC beat the approaching goalkeeper Susmita Rai just outside the box before feeding Bhandari into the penalty area, who calmly slotted into an empty net.
APF were comfortable at the ground thanks to their 22-0 win against Chaudandigadhi in the first leg only a week ago, but the bottom side were more resilient at the back this time until after Bhandari combined with KC again to break the resistance in the 18th minute.
Although the ball hardly managed past the centre line into the APF’s half, it was a rare scene to witness an improved Chaudandigadhi side, even for the first thirty minutes— who have never gone a day without enduring a horrible afternoon — but their goalkeeper fumbled allowing KC to score from inside the six yard box in the 24th minute after being set up by Bhandari.
Their vulnerability was wide in the open twelve minutes later, and it was again the goalkeeper Rai at the fault needlessly advancing too far and beyond the box enabling Bhandari to move the ball past her and into a deserted net.
KC then converted a pass from Bhandari in the 40th, Bhandari added another in the 43rd following a solo run and Basnet made it 7-0 in the added time.
The goal-fest continued in the second half when Bhandari smashed past the goalkeeper in the 53rd and completed her double hat-trick three minutes later after midfielder Preeti Rai cleverly bended the ball into the striker’s path.
Captain Basnet got her second in the 64th minute with an outstanding back foot volley. Bhandari sent a flying ball deep into the penalty area but KC was a little too early to dispatch. But the ball found Basnet at right whose crafted shot bounced off the goalkeeper into the right-bottom corner.
Bhandari furthered the lead in the 72nd minute, punishing the advancing custodian with a one touch finish— before second-half substitutes Lama and Gole got on the scoresheet in the 76th and 79th minute respectively.
Bhandari, who had scored four hat-tricks in APF’s earlier thrashing of the same club, then rounded off the season’s second biggest win in the 87th minute with her 32nd goal for the club this season.
APF coach Bhagawoti Thapa, who side have not conceded a single goal on the way to their perfect record, said the team still had weakness.
“Scoring 14 pass opponents is not a small win. But it is obviously less then the previous one and we still are two wins away from the title,” said Thapa.
Despite the loss, Chaudandigadhi coach Dipak Thapa lauded his side for an improved display.
“We were better today. Our game has improved,” said the coach whose team have now caved in a combined 86 goals this season.
“We can still end the campaign with at least one win,” he added.
On Tuesday, Army will play Waling Municipality, while Nepal Police Club will battle against Biratnagar Metropolitan City at the same venue.