Bara, February 8, 2017:Â The semifinal line-up of the ongoing Ruslan 8th Simara Gold Cup has been completed after Tribhuvan Army Club became the latest club to book its place in the last four defeating Birgunj United Club 3-0 on Tuesday. Earlier, defending champion Bijay Youth Club, CMG Sankata and Himalayan Sherpa Club had advanced to semifinals.
In the last quarterfinal match played at Simara stadium, Bara, Bal Krishna Shrestha, Santosh Tamang and Deepak Gurung scored one each goal for winning side Army. Departmental side will now take on Himalayan Sherpa in the second semifinal on Thursday while the first semifinal of the tournament will see Bijay Youth and Sankata on Wednesday.
Army took lead in the 16th minute with Bal Krishna Shresthaâ€™s goal utilizing Nawayug Shresthaâ€™s pass before firing ball into opponentâ€™s net. Santosh Tamang extended Armyâ€™s lead in the stoppage time of first half. Into the five minutes of the second half Army lost its first choice goalkeeper
Bikesh Kuthu who collided with his team mate Jitendra Karki while collecting the ball in the penalty box. Sunil Srivastav came on for Army as Bikeshâ€™s replacement. After trailing down by two goals, Birgunj couldnâ€™t create any pressure for departmental side which was studded with national players. In the 55th minute Army made 3-0 with the help of Deepak Gurungâ€™s goal.
Despite winning the match Armyâ€™s head coach Nabin Neupane said that his team still need to improve. â€œWe missed too many chances so we must improve our finishing if we want to win the tournament,â€ said head coach Neupane.
Meanwhile Birgunjâ€™s head coach Sulav Jung Rana said that his players couldnâ€™t cope the pressure against Army. â€œMy team felt too much pressure against strong Army team. Players also lacked proper combination in the match,â€ said head coach Rana. Armyâ€™s Santosh Tamang was declared man-of-the-match and was rewarded with Rs 5000.
By Upendra Yadav