South Asia isn’t exactly full of footballing action at the moment but we’re going to have to work with what we have!
The Maldives and Bhutan both are starting to get into the swing of things with both tables starting to take shape as the season starts to kick into action.
Round Two kicking off over in The Maldives
So, with round one ending at the end of April, the beginning of May brings us the beginning of round two. New Radiant finished on top of the table in round one, no surprise their with the Maldives AFC Cup representative doing well in both the league and the cup.
Round two got off with a bang, second placed Maziya SRC giving Club Valencia a thrashing. 5-0 was the score by the end of the game and a convincing win put Maziya top of the overall standings, well at least for then.
In all truth, it wasn’t a hard fought win at all for the home side, who scored twice in two first half minutes towards the end of the half. The highlight of that half was definitely, the own goal scored. A mis-cued clearance from a corner ended up being a top corner volley from a Club Valencia defender. Things did not get better in the second half either, conceding three more to eventually lose 5-0.
But, Maziya’s top spot reign did not last for with New Radiant putting in a solid home performance to regain top spot. An impressive 4-1 victory over Club Green Streets was enough to take them back to the top and in all honesty it was a stroll in the park for the Blues who were three goals to the good by half time. A goal apiece in the second half meant New Radiant picked up the three points and rightfully put them back on top.
Thimphu City Remain Unbeaten
The season is only a few weeks old in Bhutan but wow have we been treated to some cracking encounters!
Since last week’s report on the league, Thimphu City have continued to stroll along at the top winning again, this time in a NINE goal thriller! They beat High Quality FC 5-4, a game in which you could say was high quality! (Note to self: No jokes in the future).
In all seriousness though, I don’t think you’ll be able to find a better first half than this one in any country across the world. 45 minutes in and things were going well for the away side, being 3-4 to the good after only one half of football.
Thimphu managed to control the second half well in all fairness to them and keep a clean sheet while scoring two of their own to win 5-4. Wow, speechless.
Anyway, lets breathe and move on to another game. Oh no, another eight goal thriller! Someone needs to employ a defending coach I reckon. Drukstars FC welcomed Tensung FC in what could be classed as a cool down for the Thimphu game but no one told these two that.
With the score at only 1-1 at half time many could relax and just enjoy a nice second half, but pass forward to the end and it was 5-3 with a missed penalty for each side. Get all that? So, two games this week have provided us with 17 goals, yes that’s right, 17!
Elsewhere, Transport United played twice, drawing 0-0 to Druk United (Yawn) and securing a 3-0 win over Thimphu, that’s more like it!