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Phuensum FC (orange and white) settles for the third draw against High Quality United (Photo: Pranit Katwal)
Phuensum FC (orange and white) settles for the third draw against High Quality United (Photo: Pranit Katwal)

Thimphu City leads Pepsi Thimphu league

Chuma Dorji of High Quality United is the highest goal scorer 

With a total of 12 points after playing five games at the ongoing Pepsi Thimphu league, defending champions, Thimphu City is leading the league currently.

Thimphu City reclaimed its top spot after it returned to winning ways when the team defeated Thimphu FC 2-0 on May 15. Thimphu FC drop to fourth place after losing to Thimphu City FC.

It was an easy start for Thimphu City when it took only two minutes to find an opener. Midfielder Karma Shedrup Tshering collected a header near the penalty box to set Thimphu City into one goal lead.

Despite conceding an early goal, Thimphu FC shared an equal opportunity to find an equaliser in the early half.

In the 17th minute, the combined effort of Diwash Subba and Karma Shedrup Tshering doubled the lead when a composed finish from Diwash Subba ended at the back of the net.

The win marked Thimphu City FC’s return to winning ways after losing to Transport United 3-1 in the previous game.

In a 1-0 win of Transport United over Drukstars FC on May 16, Kencho Tobgay, Transport United’s striker and former Drukstars FC player scored the lone goal of the match in the 65th minute to hand Transport United a three points win.

It was a must-win game for Transport United to secure the second place in the league. The win also reduced the gap between the league leaders Thimphu City FC by a point.

Closely following Thimphu City is Transport United with 11 points. The former won four matches and suffered one loss.

Transport United won three games and recorded two draws. The team runs undefeated in the league so far.

After his former team, Drukstars FC did not qualify to play the national league in the previous edition, Kencho Tobgay played with Transport United when the team won the national league last year.

“To win the national league, I switched from Drukstars FC to Transport United last year. I am with Transport United to win Pepsi Thimphu league this year,” said Kencho Tobgay.

The striker claimed that he had not fully recovered until the fifth game. The winning goal against Drukstars FC was his first goal this season.

Of the two new clubs Phuensum FC, and Tensung FC, the former is placed ahead of Druk United and Tensung FC, which are currently placed at the relegation zone.

High Quality United’s forward, Sonam Yozer, a former Thimphu City player scored an equaliser in the dying minutes to snatch a point from Phuenseum FC. High Quality United FC came from two goals deficit to settle for a draw yesterday.

High Quality United’s comeback in the 64th minute came with a penalty goal from Lhendrup Dorji.

With a total of five goals in as many matches, Chuma Dorji of High Quality United is the highest goal scorer, followed by Diwash Subba of Thimphu City with four goals.

The league plays eight clubs from Thimphu. Three top teams  of the league will qualify to play National league later this year.

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