Yanmar League: Striker Diwash Subba scored a hat-trick as FC Terton kick started their season with a 7-1 thumping of Dzongrig FC yesterday.

Striker Diwash Subba’s hat-trick was the first of the tournament.

The first goal came in the 53rd minute when he headed in a cross-volley from midfielder Karan Gurung inside the box into an empty net.

His second goal came in just after six minutes when he dribbled the ball inside the box and off footing the goalie in a one-on-one encounter.

The third goal came in the 86th minute when he swiftly footed in a ground pass which was delivered to him by striker Jigme Yenten inside the box.

Defender Kinley Wangchuk was declared the man of the match after scoring two goals in the first half of the game. His first goal came in the 32nd minute from a corner kick delivered by Karan. The second goal was in the dying minutes of the first half.

Midfielder Karan Gurung and substitute Kinley Wangchuk also got their names in the score sheet after scoring a goal each in the 80th and 90+4 minutes respectively.

Dzongrig FC’s player-manager, Mindu CC Dorji managed to score the only  goal for his team in the 78th minute when Terton’s goalie Tshering Dhendup could not clear the ball ultimately falling onto the striker’s foot who found the back of the net through the goalie’s legs.

Throughout the 90 minutes the Tertons dominated the match allowing Dzongrigs only a handful of opportunities. Striker Mindu CC Dorji of Dzongrig FC said that their defense was weak and they could not block any of the Terton’s attacks. “We’ve to work on our defense for the next match,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the first game of the tournament on Saturday, Thimphu FC and Thimphu City FC drew at two goals each. Thimphu City’s striker Tshering Dorji scored two goals while Chencho Gyeltshen and defender Ousman Jeng of Thimphu FC scored one goal each to give their teams a point in the league.

A late penalty call in the 85th minute by the referee in favour of City infuriated the crowd and players. Referee Ugyen Dorji ran almost half of the ground to give the penalty kick which was actually declared a goal kick by the lines men. The controversial decision gave City an opportunity to equalize and Tshering Dorji did not miss the strike from the spot.

He was declared the man of the match. He said that he was expecting to win the game. “I’m not satisfied with the results, we should have won,” Tshering said.

Thunderbolts (Thimphu FC) looked weak at the defense in the first half of the game giving city several opportunities to score, but the club lacked finishing. However, the thunderbolts were looking more focused coming into the second half of the match.

Hundreds of football enthusiasts came to witness the game at the Changlimithang stadium. Drukstar FC will take on the defending champions Druk United FC on Tuesday at 6pm.

By Younten Tshedup