Jhapa go 2 points clear on top

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DHANGADI, APR 10 – Jhapa-XI moved atop the Red Bull National League standings after a Karna Limbu brace gave them 2-0 win over Far-western Football Club here on Thursday.

The ‘away’ win for Jhapa meant they have nine points, two ahead of second-placed Three Star Club, third-placed Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club and fourth-placed Manang Marshyangdi Club. Only goal difference separates the three teams, who have played three games, one less than Jhapa. Limbu gave Jhapa the 36th minute lead before scoring another four minutes from time. Far-wes have just one point after four games to lie eighth in the nine-team league. Bottom-placed Nepal Police Club have yet to open their account.

In the day’s another match played in Butwal, Morang FC held home team Lumbini FC to a 1-1 draw. Jas Bahadur Rai put Morang ahead in the 22nd minute but the home saved their blushes when Anil Gurung found an equaliser in the 79th minute, capitalising on a pass from Bishwas Shrestha. Lumbini hold sixth position with four points from as many matches while Morang are seventh with two points from four matches. Kishor Giri of Morang was named man-of-the-match.

Lumbini coach Yam Bahadur Gurung blamed lack of composure up front for the result. “We had better ball possession but were unable to make the most out of the domination,” Gurung was quoted as saying by All Nepal Football Association website. “They (Morang) were able to take the lead due to the misunderstanding between our goalkeeper and defense. To add to our misery, we lacked finishing up front,” said Gurung.

Gurung’s Morang counterpart Parash Chaudhary praised his boys’ valliant effort. “My boys played a really good game today. I hope to continue with the same rhythm in the days ahead,” added Chaudhary.