HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Two late goals from striker Amar Dangol gave McDowell’s Ranipokhari Corner Team (RCT) an important 2-1 victory over Mahindra Bansbari Club in the Ncell Cup here at the Dasharath Stadium today.
The win put RCT at the top of Group ‘C’ with three points ahead of CMG Sankata Club on goal difference. RCT’s victory today has also piled more pressure on one of the tournament favourites in the group , Yeti Himalayan Sherpa Club, who are yet to open their account following their shocking 1-0 loss to Sankata.
Shyam Babu Magar gave Bansbari a surprise lead after RCT missed a string of scoring chances in the early minutes of the first half. RCT got straight into the business when Yugal Kishor Rai took the ball inside the area but his shot was blocked by Bansbari goalie Ajit Prajapti in the fourth minute.
Olawale Afeez then missed two clear chances. First, his shot from the goal-mouth skied high in the fifth minute and after Amar set him for a free shooting in the Sankata area, Ajit stood firm to block him. While, RCT wasted all the opportunities that came their way, Bansbari struck in their only threatening move they created in the first half. Shyam woke up RCT defenders from their slumber blasting into the nets after receiving a pass from Sujan Limbu.
RCT kept pressing for goal at the other end and once again Olawale missed his third attempt on goal in the 40th minute with Ajit blocking his powerful shot from close range. His frustration continued even after the break when Ajit denied him in one-on-one encounter in the 49th. Amar then hit the woodworks in the 58th minute.
“We couldn’t get the momentum as we kept missing our chances. Bansbari scored in their only chance and that kept us under pressure,” said RCT coach Madhu Karki. Bansbari could have doubled the lead in the 72nd minute only to see Dil Kaji Tamang’s powerful 25-yard shot hit the cross bar.
Just as it seemed RCT were heading for a defeat, Amar utilised a blunder from RCT defenders for an easy finish from the area. With the match heading towards a draw, Amar ensured RCT collect all three points scoring in the second minute of injury time. Amar managed to beat Bansbari offside trap in a counter attack to get a pass from Shekhar Limbu and wasted no time to fire home from the area.
RCT coach Karki said missing regular chances put them under huge pressure. “I was expecting a better display from my team but that didn’t happen,” the RCT coach said. “But, it is good to return with victory in the end. Bansbari coach Hari Om Shrestha was content with the way his team played. “We played really well considering a short preparation time for the tournament,” said Shrestha.