Ugyen Academy FC suffered their first defeat of the championship against the home team Thimphu FC at the Changlimithang Stadium yesterday.
In a match of equals, Ugyen Academy FC, consisting of young players threatened the home team by bringing into play their pace with long balls. However, Thimphu FC defence stood firm denying them opportunity to convert from the numerous chances.
Down the second half of the game, Thimphu FC striker Dorji slotted home from a through pass from Jigme Yonten in the mid field. He dribbled past two defenders who tried to prevent his strike for Thimphu FC.
His goal in the 67th minute earned the first win for Thimphu FC and put off the spectators who had been cheering for Ugyen Academy FC.
Ugyen Academy Coach Tim Tashi David Jaeggi said that his squad played quite a good game against the experienced opponent. “The players are not used to playing in the different ground and they failed to find a solution to short passes. We have to focus more on our defensive line in upcoming matches,” the coach said.
A forward player of Ugyen Academy, Dinesh Gurung, said that it was a hard luck for the team. “We were unable to convert several chances we had. We performed much better today and we are looking forward to the championship.” He said that the squad had to bench three key players because of injury.
Ugyen Academy FC has played all three games away. The squad consists of young players except for their skipper Lhendup Dorji who plays in the national squad.
Thimphu FC coach Kota said that he did not get enough time to study the tactics and ability of the squad as he was handed over to the squad recently. “The team understands the style of play and their tactical performance of the game is improving,” the coach said.
Kota was previously with Drukstar United before joining Thimphu FC and it’s his third match with the squad.
Thimphu City, Transport United, and Ugyen Academy FC are the top three teams in the league while Phuentsholing City FC is at the bottom of the table without being able to register a point in the table.