Afeez Olawale Oladipo scored a hat-trick as Machhindra Football Club maintained pressure on leaders API Power Church Boys United with a 3-1 win over Royal Blue Satdobato Youth Club on Wednesday.
In the match at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Olawale scored twice in first half and got another one in the second to take his total goal tally to 18 in the season leading the individual goal scoring charts.
Olawale gave Machhindra the lead in the 17th minute and added the second just before half time. He completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute before Jordan Pun Magar pulled one back for Satdobato in the 84th.
Machhindra now have 39 points and are three points behind leaders Church Boys. Satdobato meanwhile slip a place down to seventh in the points table.
In the other match at Chyasal Stadium, Three Star Club and Sankata Club shared points after a goalless draw. The draw means Three Star are now 10 games without a win in the league and stay at 11th in the points table. Sankata are a place below in 12th.