Members of Nepal Police Club pose with the trophy after defeating Manang Marshyangdi Club in the final of the Damak Gold Cup football tournament in Jhapa on Friday. (Yubaraj Bibas/Republica)
KATHMANDU, May 11: Departmental team Nepal Police Club has lifted the title of Damak Gold Cup 2018 beating the Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club by 1-0 in the final match of Damak Gold Cup 2018 at Damak Multiple Campus, Jhapa on Friday.
Rejin Subba scored the decisive goal of the final match. Subba converted Ravi Paswan’s pass into the goal at the end of the second half.
The tournament was hosted by Damak Municipality Sports Development Committee. The winner of the tournament Nepal Police bagged Rs 1.3 million while runner-up Manang Marsyhangdi received Rs 611,000. Only goal-scorer of the final Subba also bagged best forward award. Nepal Police’s central defender Santosh Hemram won the best defender.
Similarly, Manang Marshyangdi’s Sujal Shrestha earned the best midfielder award. Nepal Police head coach Anant Thapa was adjudged best coach of the tournament for leading Nepal Police to the title. They all received Rs 25,000 each.
Tribhuwan Army’s Nawayug Shrestha, Madan Bhandari Sports Academy’s foreign player Max Alawa and Armed Police Force’s Hari Karki were awarded with best goal scorer award for scoring total of three goals each in the Gold Cup. Nepal Police’s Kiran Chemjong won the prestigious player-of-the-tournament award. He received a TVS motorcycle.
Nepal Police Club had defeated departmental team Armed Police Force to secure their place in the final. Nir Kumar Rai’s solo goal helped Nepal Police reach into the Damak Gold Cup final achieving a 1-0 win over the opposition in the first semifinal match. Laxmi Hyundai Manang Marshyangdi Club defeated departmental team Tribhuvan Army Club on penalties in a semifinal match on Wednesday to secure berths for the final clash with the other departmental team Nepal Police Club. The match ended in a 1-1 draw as both teams headed to intense penalty shootouts, where Manang Marshyangdi came out on top with 5-4 score line.