DHANGADHI, Feb 24: A hat-trick from Bibek Chaudhary helped Simara’s Nava Jagriti Youth Club advance into the quarterfinals of the ongoing fourth Sudur Paschim International Invitational Khaptad Gold Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over Madan Bhandari Sports Club in Dhangadhi on Sunday.
In the third match of the tournament played at the Dhangadhi Stadium, Chaudhary scored three goals in the second half as the winning team totally dominated Madan Bhandari to win the game comfortably and make its way to the last eight.
Nava Jagriti took the lead in the 51st minute through substitute Sagar Chaudhary as he scored from the counter-attack for the team. The team doubled its lead just six minutes later as Bibek took advantage of a mistake from the Madan Bhandari defense and goalkeeper. With that, it looked comfortable to win the game and make its way forward in the tournament, but the team was not done yet. Bibek then completed his brace in the 72nd minute to make the score 3-0 and converted a 82nd-minute penalty to seal a convincing 4-0 win for the team with a hat-trick.
Madan Bhandari had a chance to take the lead in the first half, but missed a penalty. It got a penalty after Nava Jagriti’s Manoj Chaudhary fouled Bibek Pun inside the box. Ashim Gurung hit the spot-kick, but it was saved by the keeper Dilman Chaudhary.
Earlier, Nava Jagriti also threw chances away as Bibek hit a shot, but the ball just went wide off the target in the 11th minute, while Madan Bhandari’s Pun hit a header from inside the box in the 49th minute and it was saved by Nava Jagriti keeper Dilman.
After the A-Division outfit Jawalakhel Youth Club withdrew its name from the tournament after the schedule was out, the organizers included Madan Bhandari in the tournament.
Gorkha Boys will face Tilottama Academy on Monday.
A total of 12 teams are taking part in the tournament, which runs till March 2.
The winner of the tournament will be rewarded with a cash prize of Rs 2.1 million, while the runner-up will bag Rs 1 million. Also, the best player of the tournament will receive a motorcycle, while the best players of each category will earn Rs 15,000 each.
Likewise, the man of the match of every game will receive Rs 10,000.