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Woochu ground in Paro is one of the two natural pitches of the league
Woochu ground in Paro is one of the two natural pitches of the league

Phuentsholing United record first away win against Paro FC

BOB National League’s first playoff between two new clubs, Paro FC and Phuentsholing United, saw the latter humble the host 0-2 at Woochu ground in Paro yesterday.

It was second away game for Phuentsholing United FC and first home game for Paro FC.

Following a brace from Ugyen Academy FC’s Chuma Dorji Lepcha that gave the first away defeat to Paro FC on September 19 in Punakha, Sangay Chophel of Phuentsholing United FC scored two golas to hand Paro FC their first home defeat in Paro yesterday.

Sangay Chophel’s brace in the second half helped Phuentsholing United record their first away win in the league after the club went down 2-0 against Thimphu City on the opening day of the league.

However, the host suffered two consecutive losses in the league after 2-1 loss to Ugyen Academy FC in Punakha. Chuma Dorji Lepcha scored the winner for Ugyen Academy FC in the additional time.

Phuentsholing United will host Paro FC on October 18.

Paro FC, led by veteran national goalkeeper Pushpalal Sharma, recorded 18-2 win on an aggregate over Paro United FC during the league’s qualifier playoffs in June.

The club has signed three foreign players to replace players from Nepal who played vital role in the club’s win in two legged qualifiers against Paro United that represented Paro dzongkhag until this edition.

The squad was further strengthened after signing a few local players who had successful Thimphu League 2018 season.

Kabi Raj Rai of High Quality United FC, Galay Zangpo of Drukstars FC, and Lhendup Dorji who plays for High Quality United in Thimphu league were some player the club signed.

Kabi Raj Rai of High Quality United, who scored the highest goals of Thimphu League 2018, plays for Paro FC this season. The striker also made his national team debut in SAFF Suzuki Championship 2018 in Bangladesh.

However, the club lost two matches in a row.

The club was formed earlier this year and made their national league appearance on September 19 against Ugyen Academy FC in Punakha.

In an earlier interview with Kuensel, Club’s president Karma Jigme said that the club was formed to contribute to the development of football in Bhutan. “With limited clubs in the country today, the level of competition is low,” he said. “We wanted to provide an opportunity to all football enthusiasts who have the skills and talent to take this game to a next level.”

Paro FC will host Thimphu FC, one of the strongest teams of the league, on September 30.

Meanwhile, Kencho Tobgay of Transport United FC recorded the first hat trick against Thimphu FC on September 16 at Changlingmithang, Thimphu. He also recorded an assist to win the man of the match award  and helped his team enter the league with a win.

The match ended 6-4 in favour of Transport United FC.  The match between the two saw highest number of goals scored in the championship.

The league that began on September 18 saw Thimphu City FC, Transport United, Ugyen Academy FC, and Phuentsholing United FC record a win each so far.

Nima

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