Police edge Army, NRT held

KATHMANDU, DEC 26 -

The current season has been agonising for defending champions Nepal Police Club so far but there was some respite for them as they ran out 2-1 victors over fellow departmental side Tribhuwan Army Club

Their third victory of the campaign keeps them rooted at eighth position with 12 points. They are although no way closer to current leaders Ranipokhari Corner Team who have amassed 20 points from their eight games. Nevertheless, a win against a sturdy Army side may inject some life into an under par Police side.

“Until now we were struggling to escape the relegation zone,” said Police coach Birat Krishna Shrestha. “I believe that today’s win will instigate some life within us. Now our main concern will be finishing within the top eight. The contribution of our goalie, Ritesh Thapa was immense in today’s win as he denied three sure goals to bag us total points.”

Yogesh Shrestha gave an early lead to Police, firing home a glancing close range header in the 12th minute following a corner from Dinesh Gurung.

Their lead could not last more than 20 minutes as Bharat Khawas pulled Army to level terms in the 30th minute with his powerful strike from inside the area after Raju Tamang had sent him through on goal.

Unmarked Bhola Silwal restored Police lead in the 61st minute, heading home a winner off Chetan Ghimire’s lofty cross.   

Deep Lama could not score with only goalie to beat in the 58th and 86th minute. Earlier Khawas’s powerful shot from the edge was directed towards the wood work by diving Thapa in the first half. The loss left Army at the sixth position with 14 points.

In the day’s kick off New Road Team (fifth in the standings with 15 points) and NIBL Friends (ninth with nine) club shared the spoils after playing a goalless stalemate.

Posted on: 2012-12-26 08:41