Rising Club climb on top after second victory, Sky Goals thump JharanaRewosh Maskey and Biku Tamang score a hat-trick each for Dharan-based Rising's 11-6 victory over Prabhatpheri while Sky Goals pull first win in the Futsal League.
Rising Club registered second win in a row with 11-6 victory over Prabhatpheri Youth Club while Machhindra Sky Goals thumped Jharana Sports Club 8-0 to open their accounts in the 'A' Division National Futsal League taking place at Pokhara covered hall on Monday.
Rewosh Maskey and Biku Tamang scored a hat-trick each for Dharan-based Rising who had edged Sky Goals in their first match. Milan Rai struck a brace while Milan Limbu, Dorje Tamang and Sudip Gurung were also on scoresheet for Rising who went into the break with 5-1 lead,
Dhiraj Shrestha struck twice for Kathmandu-based Prabhatpheri in the second half after Sijan Gurung opened their account in the first half. Srijesh Puru, Dhiraj Joshi and Raj Poudel were also on the scoresheet for Rising.
With the outcome, Rising climbed on top of the table with six points from two matches while Prabhetpheri are yet to register a win.
Rising coach Yubendra Gurung said that his side were excited after their second straight victory.
"The players are elated after the second win and I am hopeful that they will continue with the same spirit in the coming matches. The boys gave their one hundred percent," said Gurung.
Prabhatpheri coach Sudip Panta said his team came under pressure after they conceded two goals in the first three minutes of the match.
"We have a young squad who lack experience. We wish to avoid being relegated this season and come as a strong side in the next season," said Panta.
In a one sided affair, Kathmandu based Machhindra Sky Goals dominated the show from the onset and scored six goals by the first half against Jharana of Rupandehi. Captain Nirmal Gurung scored a brace after Anil Khadka put them ahead as early as in the third minute. Prakash Mahatara also scored twice while Aashish Sunam, Sanjog Chamling and Roshan Adhikari also hit the targets.
This was the first win for Sky Goals. They had lost the opening match against Rising Club. Jharana have lost both matches they have played so far. They had lost to Lumbini Futsal in their first game.
Despite a resounding win over Jharana, Sky Goals coach Ramesh Sinkeman said that his team was yet to gain momentum.
"The three points were really vital for us and the match was a bit easy in comparison to our first game. The players still lack proper understanding and coordination," said Sinkeman. "All the players wanted to score so they played a selfish game. But now we have a two-day gap and we will try to amend our weaknesses."
Jharana coach Nirmal Thapa said that his side came under psychological pressure against the Kathmandu-based team.
"Our players had never played on a mat surface and the opponent team had been playing futsal for quite a long time. Our team comes from a football background, so it was challenging for our players to play futsal. We just want to avoid relegation now," said Thapa.
Altogether 10 teams are vying in the tournament which is being played in a round robin format. The teams finishing in the top four positions will play qualifiers and eliminators for a place in the final.
The winners of the tournament will take home Rs1 million while the runners-up will get Rs500,000. All matches are telecast live on Kantipur Television and ekantipur.com.