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Title favourites Manang back on track

KATHMANDU, NOV 25 - Awakening from the slumber, high-flying Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club steadied their title hunt voyage with a 3-1 victory over much-improved Simrik Saraswoti Club while tournament’s dark horse Samsung Jawalakhel Club—bolstered after introducing foreign players into the squad—stunned Armed Police Force (APF) 3-1 in the Red Bull Martyrs’ Memorial ‘A’ Division League at the Dashrath stadium on Sunday.

Manang, who lifted Ncell Cup and Safal Pokhara Cup to kick start the season in the lightning fashion, came from a goal down to prevent attaining similar fate as champions and arch rivals Police—who lost 2-0 against Sankata on Saturday—with inspired and dominant second half after Ramesh Tamang Ghising had put Saraswoti in the driving seat in the 32nd minute.

Ghising’s stunning left footed scorcher fired from the edge of the box from the left flank ended in the back of the alluding Manang goalie, Abluele Emmanuel.

But Manang, who faced a stiff test in becoming the champions for the seventh time after playing a frustrating 1-1 draw in the league opener, came back to life in the second half to walk away with the vital three points. Sujal Shrestha equalised for Manang in the 54th minute when he sent in a grounded shot that escaped from the clutch of Saraswoti goalkeeper, Ashok Baral. Mbile Stephen gave Krishna Thapa’s team a lead in 64th minute when he dispatched a volley from the close range after connecting with the head pass from skipper Anil Gurung following a free kick from Nabin Neupane.

Amir Shrestha then sealed the match for Manang with his last minute strike against the run of play when Sunil BK had squandered a goal scoring opportunity after his daunting solo effort.

Later in the day Jawalakhel, who got a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Machhindra in their opening game, made a strong statement that they can escape the relegation threat after the introduction of foreign players. Inspired with the quick feet of hat-trick hero John Dike, defender Juma Benlee and Wangira Biket, Jawalakhel intensified the misery of departmental side APF, who summoned their second successive defeat of the campaign. Shayam Nepali scored a consolation goal for APF.

Posted on: 2012-11-26 09:35

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