Thinley Namgay   

It rained goals at the Woochu Sports Arena in Paro yesterday.

The second game in the ongoing Kelme Bhutan Women’s Football League 2021 saw Sunrise FC thrash Taktshang FC 21-0.

The visitors had an early start with their punishing game. Two minutes into the game, Galey Wangmo of Sunrise FC scored her first goal. The game was completely dominated by the visitors, in which they scored a dozen goals at halftime. Nine more goals were scored against the home team in the second half of the match.

Sunrise’s Pema Choden Tshering was declared the woman of the match. The midfielder scored four goals during the game.

Taktshang’s coach, Tshering Yangki, said that the team couldn’t play the game as per their plan. “We don’t have experienced players like Sunrise, and we didn’t get enough time to practice. We will do better in the next game.”

Sunrise’s coach, Rinchen Dema, said that her players performed well and that the team executed their game as planned. “To face strong teams like Paro FC and Ugyen Academy FC, we will train more.”

Meanwhile, on October 9, Mandala FC thrashed Yangchenphug FC 7-0 at the Changlimithang Stadium. 

Six teams from Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha are competing in the tournament this year. Also, for the first time this year, the women’s league is being conducted in a home-and-away format.

On October 13, Paro FC will play Ugyen Academy FC at Woochu Sports Arena.  

Last year, the women’s league was cancelled due to the pandemic. Only eight games were played at the centralised venue in Punakha. A total of 10 teams took part last year.

The Bhutan Football Federation’s competition officer, Kinley Dorji said that only six teams fulfilled the federations’ club licensing criteria. “There could have been more teams this time but we could not conduct the district league due to the pandemic.”

The league ends next month.

Edited by Tshering Palden