Dhangadhi: Dhangadhi Sub Metropolitan City came from behind and claimed a thrilling 3-1 win in penalties over Lalitpur Metropolitan City to lift the Deputy Mayor Cup National Women’s League Qualifiers title.
Rekha Poudel scored the decisive penalty to win the title for Dhangadhi in the shootout.
In the final match played at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Manisha Sen and captain Nirmala BK gave Lalitpur a 2-0 lead inside 16 minutes. Seema Rawal halved the goal difference in the 24th for Dhangadhi only for Rajani Thokar to restore the two-goal cushion in the 39th.
Chandra Bhandari then scored two goals in 15 minutes to bring the score level on 3-3 for Dhangadhi. Rekha could have won the match inside the regular 90 minutes but her late penalty kick was saved by Lalitpur’s custodian Ankita Rai.
Dhangadhi also won four individual awards with Usha Nath claiming Best Goalkeeper, Saraswoti Rokaya Best Midfielder, Chandra Bhandari Best Forward, and Raghawandar Karki as Best Coach. Lalitpur’s Srijana Singh won the Best Defender award. The individual winners claimed Rs 20,000 each.
Kankai Municipality Jhapa’s Dipa Shahi became the Best Player of the tournament and won Rs 50,000. Janaki Rural Municipality Kailali won the Fair Play Award and won Rs 50,000.
Kathmandu Metropolitan’s Deputy Mayor Hari Prabha Khadgi and Dhangadhi Sub Metropolitan City Chief Nrip Bahadur Oad handed out the trophies and medals to the winners and the runner-up team.
Both the teams have also qualified for the National Women’s League after securing their berths in the final.