Namlha FC Breaks The Hearts Of The Mighties In The 90th Minute
The 32nd match of the ongoing BoB Bhutan Premier League 2023 took place at Changlimithang National Stadium, featuring a clash between Namlha FC and Ugyen Academy FC.
Both teams wasted no time in making their presence felt, as they each attempted to score within the first 3 minutes of the match. However, the first significant event of the game occurred in the form of a caution. Ugyen Academy’s jersey No. 6, Tandin Dorji, received a yellow card for a reckless challenge. Remarkably, just 7 minutes later, their captain, Jigme Phuntsho, was handed his second yellow card of the match for a similar infraction.
In the 20th minute, Ugyen Academy FC managed to break the deadlock when jersey No. 4, Dilip Gurung, executed a precise header, beautifully assisted by their captain, Jigme Phuntsho, who delivered a perfect freekick. Namlha FC made a tactical move in the 25th minute by making a double substitution. Kinzang Gyelpo was replaced by Tandin, and Tsewang Dorji gave way to Tandin Dorji.
The most pivotal moment of the first half arrived in the 38th minute when Namlha FC was awarded a penalty. This decision came after jersey No. 4 of Ugyen Academy was found guilty of handling the ball inside the penalty area. Following a thorough review conducted through the Review and Replay system, the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Tandin, who had been substituted in the 25th minute, assumed the responsibility for the penalty. With remarkable composure, Tandin sprinted toward the ball and, using his weaker foot, expertly deceived the goalkeeper, sending him in the opposite direction. This skilful execution resulted in an equalizing goal for Namlha FC. Despite Ugyen Academy FC’s dominance in the opening half, the score remained level at 1-1.
At halftime, Tenzin Wangda entered the game as a substitute for Sonam Yeshey, bolstering their forward line. Despite numerous opportunities, their breakthrough came from halftime substitute Tenzin’s header in the 78th minute, giving them a 1-0 lead. Just after the goal, Namlha FC launched a promising attack, creating a 4 vs. 3 situation, but their striker failed to keep his shot on target. Their next chance came in the 81st minute when the Ugyen Academy FC goalkeeper caught a back pass from his teammate inside the penalty area. However, the ensuing indirect free-kick was blocked and cleared by the defenders.
In the 90th minute, Namlha FC managed to score their second equalizer of the night, courtesy of Thinley Phuntsho, levelling the score at 2-2. With the fourth official indicating 4 minutes of added time, Ugyen Academy FC pushed forward in an attempt to regain the lead but was repeatedly denied by the opposing goalkeeper.
At the final whistle, frustration engulfed the Ugyen Academy FC players, as they squandered two leads and failed to secure their first win of the season.