11 November 2011
Pokhara XI 1(4-1 PK)1 Transport United
POKHARA XI edged Bhutan Champions Transport United 4-1 in the penalty shootout. The host teams were chasing the game till the 58' minute after Afeez opened the scoring in the 13'. Substitute Arjun Subba levelled the match after an hour of attack. The away team were on the backfoot for most of the time during the match and nearly took the lead but the shot shoved back from the crossbar. Both team were lacking consistency in the final third of the pitch. The match went level through the normal time and headed towards the extra time.
The extra time was played for twenty minutes instead of 30 minutes but both teams failed to score a goal. The tie-breaker was only the answer to the stalemate. In the resulting penalties, the Pokhara XI goalkeeper parried the penalty shots while home team recorded all the shots. Pokhara XI won on penalties and will meet United Sikkim on the Quarters.
Ram Gurung, Columnist of Nepalifootball.com
Images: Umesh Pun