Despite putting up a good show, the national team lost.
Bhutan Clearing FC, from Phuentsholing, did not touch the ball much but when they did it landed in the net. It was just the opposite with the under-16 national soccer team on April 3.
Bhutan Clearing FC slotted three goals past the national team goalie. The latter had lots of possession but could not convert any of their attempts.
Within the opening six minutes, Bhutan Clearing FC’s Setu Rai scored the first goal. The remaining first half then saw national team players create space, make one touch passes, and not let the opponents to attack.
However, three minutes in to the second half, Bhutan Clearing FC scored the second.
In the 65th minute, the third goal went in. It was a gift from the midfielder Samten Norbu, who handled the ball. Only this time it was from the spot.
U-16 National team coach Ohara said that the second goal was carelessness of the players. “We failed to win but I am quite happy my players performed better than the previous match,” he said.
He said although players’ performance are good but they don’t know how to use their techniques to score when opportunity knocks.
Bhutan Clearing FC coach and player Bikash Pradhan said among the four matches they played, U-16 national team was a tough one. “What I have observed is that physically players cannot afford to compete with their older opponents.
“They are not that courageous to face the opponents, therefore, they need more exposure,” he said.
By Tashi Phuntsho