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RCT suffer Saraswoti shock


KATHMANDU, JAN 17 -

Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) missed out on their opportunity to match leaders Three Star Club on points as they went down 4-3 to giant killers Saraswoti Youth Club in the Red Bull Martyrs’ Memorial ‘A’ Division League on Wednesday.

RCT, who went into the match level on points with third placed Machhindra FC on 26 points, were denied a point despite making a comeback three times before Tanzanian striker Yona Elias completed his hat-trick in 75th minute, making their qualification for the super eight almost sure.

Wednesday’s win took Saraswoti two places above upto sixth in the standings on 23 points, two points adrift of New Road Team, who fought hard to defeat Armed Police Force 2-1 earlier in the day.

With second hat-trick of the season, Elias took his goals tally to 16, becoming the highest scorer so far.

“Elias has been an indispensable part in our wins,” said Saraswoti coach Dhurba KC, hailing his team’s attack and defence as mesmerising and inspiring.

Rajendra Tamang gave an 18th minute lead to Saraswoti through a solo effort, tucking in a low curl after beating the offside trap and dodging past three defenders with lightning speed and nimble footwork.

Elias doubled Saraswoti’s advantage three minutes later and added another in the 48th minute after RCT pulled a goal back in the first minute of the first half added time through a suicide goal from Dipak Thapa.

The second session saw RCT resorting to total attacking strategy and their desperation bore fruit as returned into the similar level through Pradip Malla and Bhim Drlami, scoring in the 57th minute and seven minutes later respectively.

RCT’s standing coach Baiju Kapali was furious at the match officials, accusing them hatching conspiracy for their failure.

“Referees have always been against us,” he said. “They come preplanned to see us failing in every match. Elias was clearly offside while scoring his second goal but they turned a blind eye towards that.”

Meanwhile, NRT confirmed their super eight place while the turbulent show continued for APF, who stand at 12th place on 14 points, one point advantage over Jawalakhel.

Akeon Babatueau put APF in the driving seat in the four minutes before first half, only to be cancelled by Ganesh Lawati four minutes into second session.

Substitute Laxman Ruchal’s strike three minutes later restored NRT’s lead which eventually turned out to be a winner.

Posted on: 2013-01-17 09:05