Thursday, May 23

Olawale’s Stoppage-Time Goal Guides Dhangadhi To Second Late Victory

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu (HamroKhelkud) – Olawale Affez’s injury-time goal has guided Dhangadhi FC to a second successive win in the second edition of the Nepal Super League. Dhangadhi, who registered a late win in their first match against Birgunj United FC in the first match, came away with all three points in the second against Butwal Lumbini FC with a stoppage-time winner.

Olawale beat the offside trap in the second minute of injury time and received an Ahmed Hizaji pass and guided the ball through Butwal goalkeeper Mohammadou to guide his team to the win.

Earlier, both teams wasted plenty of opportunities in the ninety minutes and couldn’t find the back of the net. Dhangadhi put pressure on Butwal throughout the first half but Butwal created opportunities in the second. Aashish Chaudhary was creating problems for Butwal from the left flank. Right-back Saroj Tamang was cautioned early in the first half which helped Aashish exploit him throughout the match.

Dhangadhi fielded just four foreign players from the start with the player of the match in the first match Kritish Ratna Chhunju also absent from the pitch. Butwal marquee Arik Bista’s free-kick early in the first half troubled Dhangadhi stopstopper Mohammad Taha. His save was there for the taking on the rebound but Butwal players arrived late.

Ahmed Hijazi struck the woodwork from close range in the 25th minute off a lowly-guided cross from Aashish, although he had a tight angle to shoot. Butwal’s army-man Gillespye Jung Karki beat Kamal Shrestha to play a cross but couldn’t find his teammate.

Abhisekh Gurung was at the center of attention at both ends of the pitch in the 36th minute. He cleared a header from Gillespye off Arik’s corner from the goalline before failing to convert a header at the other end off a cross from Hijazi. His header had Mohammadou beat but the ball went wide of the post. Butwal’s Stephan Binong failed to score in the 40th minute despite beating defender Devendra Tamang. His effort was denied by Taha once again.

Rohan Karki’s effort from outside the box wasn’t hit on target. In the 68th minute, Dhangadhi’s Hizaji was tackled by goalkeeper Mohammadou, but the referee did not award a penalty. The Butwal bench protested the assistant referee’s decision not to rule Hizaji offside. Instead, Butwal official Sugan Tandukar was shown a red card.

Dhangadhi brought Olawale on in the 74th minute and was at the center of things straight away. His one-on-one effort in the 74th minute went wide of the post. Olawale squandered another opportunity towards the end of the match. His effort from inside the box was saved by Mohammadou but his next attempt beat Mohammadou to hand Dhangadhi the win.

Butwal are at the bottom with two defeats from two matches. Dhangadhi, on the other hand, are at the top with cent percent results.

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