New Star Club of Jhapa send the holders Church Boys Club of Kathmandu packing with a 2-1 victory in the semi-finals of the Pathivara Gold Cup football tournament on Friday.
The victory lines up New Star against Red Star Club in the title match on Saturday. Red Star advanced to the final on Thursday after defeating Rastriya Jagriti Club of Itahari 4-3 in tiebreaker following a 1-1 deadlock in regulation time.
New Star rallied from a goal down to set up the all-Jhapa championship clash. Buddhiman Rai had provided the defending champions the 36th minute lead, converting a 25-yard attempt into spectacular goal.
New Star, however, fought their way back into the game third minutes after the restart courtesy an own goal. Church Boys skipper Ramesh Dangal inadvertently deflected the ball into his own.
Just as the game appeared destined for extra time and a possible a tiebreaker, New Star skipper Sanam Rai struck the winning goal, converting a freekick two minutes from the final whistle. The champions on Saturday will walk away with Rs 300,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 151,000.Published: 2018-09-01 08:30:46