Thinley Namgay

Druk Lhayul FC’s 2-2 draw against the defending champion Paro FC in one of the crucial games in the ongoing BoB Bhutan Premier League

(BPL) yesterday opened a door for Thimphu City FC (City) to still contest for the 2022 BPL title.

Paro FC was the favourite to claim their third title of the BPL. With this draw, Thimphu City FC still has a chance to win the tournament.

The deciding game is now between Paro FC and City on January 5 at the

Changlimithang Stadium.

On September 11, Paro FC defeated Lhayul FC 3-1 in the first leg of the tournament at the Woochu Sports Arena in Paro. However, Lhayul played a better and highly pressing game yesterday. Paro’s game tactics improved only in the second half.

The first half ended in a goalless draw. Lhayul broke the deadlock in the 59th minute from unmarked Jomoul Anthony Francois, scoring within a minute after substitution. However, Paro quickly equalised from Kazuo Homma. Kazuo Homma got a brace in the 78th minute, assisted by Chencho Gyeltshen. The joy, alas, was short-lived. Lhayul’s Tenzin Dorji rose to the occasion near the goalie and scored to level the game in the 83rd minute.

Tenzin Dorji was declared the man of the match.Hundreds of spectators came to watch the match despite the freezing weather.

Of the 18 games in the tournament, City and Paro FC completed 17 games as of yesterday. Paro is leading the tournament with 45 points; City has 43. Even a draw is enough for Paro to bag the third title on January 5.  City will have to win.

Lhayul acquired 39 points from 17 games.  Lhayul will play their last game against Transport United FC on January 4 at Changlimithang Stadium.