Satdobato Youth Club and Friends Club played to a goalless draw in the inaugural encounter of the Martyrs Memorial ‘A’ Division League, which took place under floodlights at the Dasharath Stadium on Friday. The match was played between newcomers Satdobato Youth Club and Friends Club.
The kickoff was delayed by eight minutes, which was in violation of international football practice in the league, which had not been played for a year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which began this week.
The first half of the match remained a dull affair as none of the Lalitpur-based sides were able to make a noteworthy effort with the exception of a header by Aakash Budha Magar for Satdobato in the 33rd minute of play. During captain Man Bahadur Tamang’s freekick, the midfielder’s diving header from a crowded area was just inches short of the target.
Nonetheless, the second half proved to be considerably more exciting, with Satdobato piling up practically one-sided pressure and launching several dangerous chances on goal. At one point during the second half, Ronell Anthony Paul was sent off for a second yellow card, and Friends were forced to play with a man down as well.
Rahul Ramchandra Yadav, the Indian goalkeeper for the Friends, produced almost half a dozen remarkable saves to keep the Satdobato onslaught at bay. He was given the honor of being selected man of the match.
As a result, Lalitpur’s top division rookie Satdobato and veteran Friends each received one point as a result of the result.
“We were deserving of three points based on our performance, and we received them. However, earning a point in the very first match of a top-tier match is not a bad accomplishment “Meghraj KC, the coach of Satdobato, shared his thoughts. “Many of the players are participating in the ‘A’ Division League for the first time, as well as at the stadium. They were unable to play to their advantages. It is possible that the outcome would have been different if they had performed to their full capacity.”
“We had about ten efforts on target and could have scored two or three goals had we been more aggressive. We must learn from this game and make improvements in our performance in future games, says the coach “he explained.
A low header from the six-yard box by Satdobato forward Ajayi Martin went just inches wide of the target in the 54th minute of play. After dribbling past two defenders from the inner border of the area, Satdobato midfielder Budha Magar unleashed a beautiful scorcher that was saved by Friends glovesman Yadav in the 57th minute.
Friends’ first dangerous move occurred in the 59th minute when forward Jamoul Anthony Francois took a fast shot at the far post while being closely marked by two defenders, only for the ball to ricochet off the crossbar and out for a corner. Following a deflection off defender Segun, Nathaniel Jude Garcia of Friends’ Nathaniel Jude Garcia’s effort from the area was saved by Satdobato goalkeeper Abishek Baral.
A 30-yard screamer from substitute Prashant Awasthi for Satdobato flew inches beyond the crossbar in the 75th minute, putting the visitors ahead.
Friends’ defender Paul was sent off a minute later after committing his second bookable offence against Sushil Rai. The Satdobato, although having the majority of the ball possession and playing regularly in the opponents’ half, were unable to profit on their numerical advantage.
Niraj Chaudhary’s low ball strike was denied by Friends’ goalkeeper Yadav in the 82nd minute, and Chaudhary kicked at the custodian’s hand in the second attempt, earning him a yellow card. Prashant Awasthi, a replacement midfielder for Satdobato, missed a scoring opportunity in the 88th minute when he ended up passing right into the hands of goalkeeper Yadav from close range.
Sudip Gurung of Satdobato’s low ball effort from outside the area was stopped by diving goalkeeper Yadav in the dying minutes.
Mrigendra Mishra, the coach of the Friends, said the outcome was satisfying despite the fact that the team played with a man down in the second half. As Mishra pointed out, “the outcome could have been different if Francois’ second-half shot had not struck the woodwork.” He went on to say that it was difficult to play with the newbie team in the first match of the ‘A’ division league since they put up a good show in the opening game of the season.
Two matches are scheduled for Saturday with Himalayan Sherpa Club taking on Sankata Club in the early kickoff and Chyasal Youth Club taking on Sankata Club in the late match. Himalayan Sherpa Club is the home team for both matches.