| October 24, 2018
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Army's defeat leaves race open for Police, APF

Photo Courtesy: Anfa Players of Tribhuvan Army Club (L) and Armed Police Force in action druing their National Women’s League Football Tournament match at the ANFA complex, Satdobato on Sunday. Photo Courtesy: Anfa Players of Tribhuvan Army Club (L) and Armed Police Force in action druing their National Women’s League Football Tournament match at the ANFA complex, Satdobato on Sunday.
KATHMANDU, May 1: A brace from Sabitri Bhandari earned Armed Police Force (APF) a 2-1 victory over Tribhuvan Army Club in the super league round of National Women's League Football Tournament at the ANFA Complex, Satdobato on Sunday and ended the latter's dream of winning the title. A win or a draw over APF would have secured Army the winners' trophy.

But, the victory not only kept APF in title hunt but also revived Nepal Police Club's title challenge. Police could take home the winner's trophy if it beats Eastern Region in the last fixture of the tournament on Monday.
APF currently leads the standings with equal six points as that of second-placed Army on the basis of head-to-head record. Both of them have played all three matches of the group rounds. Police, with a match in hand has three points and could finish on top with equal six points as that of Army and APF on the basis of head-to-head record. In such scenario, Army will finish second and APF third on the basis of results between the teams concerned.

However, a draw or defeat will see APF crowned as the champion, Army runner-up and Police second runner-up.

Army, which needed just a point to be crowned the champion looked impatient to score and conceded a goal as early as in the eighth minute with Sabitra scoring from the danger zone.

Punam Jharga Magar leveled the score in the 29th minute as her header off Dipa Adhikari's corner found the back of the net.

Sabitri restored APF's lead in the 70th minute which ultimately turned out to be the match winner. Sabitri scored into the open net when she collected Anita Banset's pass and fired past advancing Army goalkeeper Lila Lamgade who had moved forward to collect the ball.

"After conceding the first goal we were in a hurry to level the score and APF kept us under pressure following the early lead," said Army coach Chakra Tamang, who pointed out that poor defense cost his side dear.

Tamang's counterpart Nar Kumar Rai of APF said that his side could have won by bigger goal margin if the game plan was executed properly. "We had focused on attacking game to achieve our target of winning the match. We could also have scored more goals if we had executed the created chances properly," said Rai.