Youngster FC, a football team from Mongar thrashed the monks from Barshong Shedra 8-1 on Saturday at the on-going Chancellor’s Cup that began on April 28 at Sherubtse College in Kanglung.

The team from Mongar had their priority set with the first touch of the match going directly into the quick hands of the Shedra goalie. Youngsters wanted to score early, and score as many goals as possible.

Considered to be one of the strongest teams in the championships, Youngsters began a full-blown attack from the beginning.

The monks were clearly outmatched both physically and technically, from the beginning of the match.

However, the monks intercepted critical passes and turned it into counter attacks.

After two consecutive misses, it was striker Kinga Thinley of team Youngster who rose to the occasion and broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. A minute later, the striker headed in his second goal into the top right corner of the post.

Youngsters scored another two goals in the remaining 10 minutes of the first half. Four more goals came in the second half in favour of team Youngsters.

In the 78th minute, the monks got their consolation goal with striker Dorji Penjor netting in his first of the competition.

The opening game of the Chancellor’s Cup saw a rematch between the finalists of the Gyalpozhing Open Football Tournament, which was held in February earlier this year.

Team Sherubtse College defeated Druktan FC 4-2.

The Chancellor’s Cup is being organised by Sherubtse College as a tribute to His Majesty The King. “It is also to celebrate 50 years of Sherubtse’s contribution to academic excellence and to observe 50 years of Bhutan-India friendship,” said the president of the college, Tshering Wangdi.

A total of 38 teams from Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Samdrupjongkhar, Mongar, and Pemagatshel are taking part in the month-long tournament.

The finals will be played on June 9.

Younten Tshedup | Kanglung