Friends Club defeated FC Khumaltar 3-1 in the Martyr's Memorial A Division League 2023 on Monday.
In the match at Chyasal Stadium, Rafiq Aminu scored a brace for Friends and Santosh Khatri scored the other goal. Messouke Oloumou scored the only goal for Khumaltar.
Aminu gave Friends the lead in the fourth minute and doubled it in the 16th. Messouke scored Khumaltar's goal in the 67th minute to ignite any hopes of a comeback or a leveler. Dona Thapa was sent off for a double bookable offense in the 71st minute.
But Khatri scored six minutes after Thapa's red card to put off any hopes of comeback from Khumaltar.
The other match at ANFA Complex in Satdobato between Nepal Police Club and Manang Marsyangdi Club ended in 2-2 draw. Ahmad Hijazi gave Police the lead in the 16th minute before goals from Roshan Rana Magar and Sayidjamol Davlatjonov put Manang ahead in the first half. Magar levelled the game in the 33rd minute and Davlatjonov put Manang ahead in the 44th.
But Hijazi scored again in the 71st minute to level the game and share points between the two sides.