Three Star advance into final

  • Khaptad Gold Cup
- MOHAN BUDHAYER, DHANGADHI

Jan 17, 2019-

Three Star Club defeated Mechi Netralaya Kakarvitta Football Training Centre 2-0 to advance into the final of the Khaptad Gold Cup football tournament in Dhangadhi on Tuesday.

Midfielder Rupesh KC and winger Sunil Bal scored the Lalitpur-based outfits who recently finished third in the Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League. The tournament offers Rs 2.1 million for the champions and Rs 1 million for the runners-up. Three Star will take on the winners of the second semi-final match between Sankata Club and Nepal Police Club on Saturday.

Three Star piled dominated the game from the start and brought Kakarvitta goalkeeper Dip Karki into action in the 14th minute. The custodian made a diving save to deny Adama Doumbia who was in right place to retrieve a rebound from the initial Ranjan Bista attempt. Three Star were also unlucky in the 21st minute when Fode Fofana was denied by the woodwork.

Eight minutes after the restart, Kakarvitta custodian Karki prevented Rupesh KC’s volley attempt from the area. Minutes later Three Star survive a nervy moment when Angel Gurung shot flew inches off target. Three Star finally broke the deadlock in the 69th when unmarked Rupesh KC headed home after Buddha Chemjong rolled the ball into his path following a cross from Ranjan Bista.

Three Star doubled their advantage in the 80th as Nepali international Sunil Bal scored with a curling freekick from edge of the area. Bal was declared man-of-the-match and received Rs 10,000.  Three Star coach Ujwal Manandhar said his side was eager to brush aside the painful memory of the top-tier league. Star-studded Three Star finished third behind eventual champions Manang Marshyangdi Club and Sankata. “We failed to perform to our potential in the league,” said Manandhar. “It was really a tough match against Kakarvitta but we managed to utilise on scoring chances.”   

Sankata Club will take on Nepal Police Club in another semi-final on Thursday. 

 

Published: 17-01-2019 07:23

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