Druk Lhayul FC Eases Past Tensung FC to Seal 3 Points
In a heated football match between Druk Lhayul FC and Tensung FC at Changlimithang National Stadium, Druk Lhayul FC underwent significant changes in their starting lineup, with Ekom making his debut alongside Sonam Tobgay and Kelzang Jamtsho started his first match from the opening whistle. The game began with Tensung FC taking an immediate shot right after the whistle. In the opening minute, Druk Lhayul FC earned a corner after Jordens’ deflected cross. Aung’s powerful header from the ensuing corner was denied by Tobgay’s impressive save.
Druk Lhayul FC narrowly escaped an own goal in the 7th minute, when Sonam Tshering’s cross was headed by Tenzin Dorji. The header hit the crossbar and was forced for a corner for Tensung FC. However, the corner went unexploited. As the game progressed, Tensung FC launched a counter-attack but was thwarted by three defenders. In the 21st minute, Aliu’s potent strike from the opposition’s mid-third was punched away by Tobgay for a corner. Tshering Tashi replaced Thinley Wangdi in the 25th minute to bring a fresh leg into the attack for Tensung FC.
Druk Lhayul FC dominated the early exchanges, with Ekom creating a scoring opportunity for Aung. However, Aung’s shot was stopped by the goalkeeper. Nevertheless, their persistence paid off, as jersey No. 7 “Dorji Khandu” broke the deadlock with a splendid curling shot to the far corner. However, Tensung FC missed a chance to equalize when Pelden Wangchuk failed to convert a good cross in the 35th minute.
As the first half concluded, the fourth assistant referee indicated three minutes of added time. Tensung FC vehemently appealed for a handball inside the box, but after Video Review System (VRS) consultation, the referee rejected their claims.
As the second half kicked off, Sonam Tshering was shown a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Sonam Jorden in the centre. However, Druk Lhayul FC’s second goal of the night followed from that very own foul. It was Aung who extended Druk Lhayul FC’s lead in the 50th minute with a powerful driving header in which Tobgay was helpless to stop that header, despite Tensung FC’s protests about the ball going out of play in the build-up however, they were again denied. Tensung FC’s defender, Kinzang Dorji, earned a yellow card for disputing the decision against the lineman.
With rain pouring down, Druk Lhayul FC intensified their attack on Tensung FC’s final third. Ekom marked his return with a goal in the 69th minute, contributing to a beautifully constructed team effort.
Tensung FC’s best chance in the second half, came from a free kick by Tshering Tashi, hitting the woodwork. Sonam Phuntsho’s headed effort after the rebound was cleared off the line by Kelzang Jamtsho. As the game intensified in the dying moments, Tensung FC was in dire need of a goal upfront and every player was desperate of converting a consolation.
The captain, Sonam Phuntsho received a second yellow card of the game and was given a marching order by the referee in the additional minutes of the second half after he did a reckless challenge to Dorji and Aung in the build-up of their play.
The much-heated game came to an end sealing another win for Druk Lhayul FC while Tensung FC’s results rode a roller coaster.