AFC Cup 2021 (Preliminary Round): TAFC come from behind to stun Police SC
Nepal’s Tribhuvan Army Football Club (TAFC) came from behind to stun Sri Lanka Police SC 5-1 in their first outing of the Preliminary Round of the AFC Cup 2021 at the Dasharath Stadium, Nepal yesterday.
It was not the classic or the goal-fest that many had anticipated, but it turned out to be a high-tempo battle, and in the end Tribhuvan Army FC deservedly emerged victorious.
Police SC opened scoring when a long ball fell at the feet of Evans Asante who calmy slotted home from the edge of the box to put visitors ahead at the half way mark, but stung by the early setback, the home side kept the ball in their possession for a long period, were gritty and disciplined, and held the rampaging forwards at bay, as well as being lethal on the counter-attack, as they scythed through the opponent’s defence on numerous occasions. Their determination finally paid off when they netted two quick goals in the 41st and 43rd minute from Santhosh Tamang and Nawayug Shrestha to completely turn the momentum in their favour at half time.
A demoralised Police SC faded further in the second half with the torrid time they had in the first half, and their frustrations deepened further after the third goal in the 49th minute when a reflected ball fell straight at the feet of Tanka Basnet to easily tap in.
Into the last exchanges, Police SC changed their strategy and brought the entire team back into their own penalty area to stop their rampaging opponents from scoring further, but their strategy failed as poor goal keeping cost the visitors their fifth goal, and TAFC registered a comfortable win.