The Final Match Of Match Week One Ended in a Thrilling Draw
In a thrilling encounter in the BoB Bhutan Premier League 2023, Druk Lhayul FC and BFF Academy played out an intense and showed tremendous determination and skill throughout the ninety minutes only to end in a draw, leaving fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.
BFF Academy displayed early attacking intent, creating several chances and testing the opposition’s defence. In the ninth minute, Jigme Namgyel was brought down inside the penalty area by Jigme Phuntsho. Initially, the referee told the players to continue the game but after consulting with VAR, they were awarded a penalty and Jigme Phuntsho was shown a yellow card for his reckless challenge. The captain of BFF Academy, Pema Zangpo stood up to take the penalty against the goalkeeper of Druk Lhyul FC, who is also the national goalkeeper of Bhutan Senior National team. Pema Zangpo triggered a powerful shot on the left bottom corner in which Tshering Dendup drove the right way but his shot was too much for him to stop, which put the BFF Academy in the lead.
However, Druk Lhayul FC refused to be daunted and fought back with a ferocity of their own. They tried to keep the ball in possession their relentless pressure finally paid off when their left winger, Sonam Jordan took a long shot putting the ball behind, equalizing the score. Meanwhile, in the additional minute of the first half, Pema Zangpo nearly put BFF Academy up front when his far attempt hit the woodwork. The opening half ended with the goal levelled.
The second half witnessed end-to-end action, with both teams refusing to back down. Druk Lhayul FC managed to take the lead in the more through a blistering counter-attack from the left flank, catching the opposition defence off-guard. Lekpai Dorji collected the ball from Khando Dorji and triggered a beautiful shot from 40 yards which hit the net of the top left corner. But BFF Academy responded almost immediately in the 80th minute from Kinley Penjor.
As the clock ticked down, the intensity of the match reached its peak, and both teams came close to finding a winner. Jigme Phuntsho was once again caught in the defence line of Druk Lhayul FC as he made another reckless challenge on Kinzang Tenzin and was shown a second yellow card for him, which led him to walk down the tunnel early. BFF Academy came close in finding the winner taking advantage of the one-man-down Druk Lhayul FC but Tshering Dendup saved a few of the shots which was a hard-fought battle that ended with a shared point.
Currently, Transport United FC leads the points table on goal difference with Paro FC, Thimphu City and Tensung FC. Druk Lhayul FC and BFF Academy are levels on point at 5th and 6th respectively and the rest of the clubs are yet to earn a point.