KATHMANDU, Jan 17: NIBL Friends Club beat already relegated Mahindra Bansbari Club 2-0 and Army club edged past another relegated team Bauddha FC by the same scoreline in the Martyrs Memorial Red Bull A Division League on Thursday.
With the wins, both the teams climbed one spot in the points table. Army is in the sixth position with 25 points from 14 matches while Friends is in the seventh position with 24 points from 14 matches. Bauddha is at the bottom with one point while Bansbari lies second bottom with six points.
Raju Tamang and Nawayug Shrestha scored a goal to seal the victory for Army Club. Tamang opened the scoring through a spot-kick in the 15th minute after the referee penalized Bauddha defender Bhupal Gurung for handling the ball in the danger area. Shrestha doubled the tally, beating goalkeeper Ranjit Gurung in a one-on-one position as Bharat Khawas set up the ball in the area in the 82nd minute.
Players of Friends Club dance in Gangam style after scoring goal against Bansbari Football Club.
Army could have extended the lead had Bauddha´s goalie not blocked Khawas´ spot-kick in the 90th minute. Army was awarded the penalty as Man Bahadur Tamang handled the ball in the area in an attempt to block Khawas´ cross.
Likewise, Zikahe Dodoz and Cheikh Oumar scored a goal each in Friends´ win. Prakash Budhathoki set up a sublime pass for Dodoz beating Bansbari goalkeeper Kishor Giri in the 56th minute and Dodoz headed home from the goal line.
Oumar doubled the tally in the 74th minute in a pass from Jagjeet Shrestha by chipping the ball over Bansbari´s substitute goalkeeper Ajit Prajapati.