Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wooden spoon

Nepal claimed 3rd place with a 4-0 win over Yeedzin

The wooden spoon goes to Yeedzin from Bhutan
Just to round off the AFC President's Cup Group Stage results, the two non-qualifying teams, Yeedzin and Nepal Police played each other in the hot sun at 1.30pm yesterday and the game ended as expected, with Nepal Police overcoming the Bhutanese students 4-0. Two of the goals looked miles offside including the opening goal after just two minutes. Bhola Silwal netted with ease as did his teammate Yogesh Shrestha on 37 minutes. It was a pretty one-sided affair throughout with Yeedzin changing their keeper at the interval. One of the first things he did was collect the ball from the back of the net after just four minutes of the restart as Parbat Pandey curled a corner kick directly in, off the far post. Not a great introduction for the replacement keeper. Twenty minutes from the end, Silwal ran through unchallenged again, only five yards offside this time, and tapped in for number 4. So the wooden spoon for Group B goes to Yeedzin, much as everyone predicted. A worrying trend that the match officials, who are from the elite AFC list, can't spot two obvious offsides. The Nepal coach in his aftermatch interview following the defeat against Phnom Penh Crown, felt that his team were the better side and should've won, and thereby progressing to the final stages. Obviously he was watching a different game than me. He must've missed the five occasions we hit the woodwork in the 2nd half of that match.
The final outcome of Group B is as follows, with Dordoi and PPCFC qualifying for the final stage in September, at a location to be announced when all the qualifiers are known.







DORDOI (KGZ) 3 3 0 0 17 3 14 9
PHNOM PENH CROWN (CAM) 3 2 0 1 9 1 8 6
NEPAL POLICE CLUB (NEP) 3 1 0 2 5 6 -1 3
YEEDZIN (BHU) 3 0 0 3 2 23 -21 0

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