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Three points from the opening day

7-1 win over Gomo FC at home means that Thimphu City FC has stretched its national/premier league opening day unbeaten streak to seven seasons. The last time we lost was against the ultimate champions Druk United back in 2014. Coach Ngawang lined up against us as one of their forwards then.

Despite some notable names missing tonight, Thimphu City showcased top drawer performance all throughout 90 minutes. Karma S Tenzin was seldom threatened between the sticks.

The defending champions got off to a fast start, with Choki Wangchuk breaking the deadlock from the left flank in just 18 minutes. However, this was quickly cancelled out with a well taken equalizer by Gomo’s Sonam. In the 40th minute Tenzin Norbu jumped the highest to convert Orgyen’s corner and ensure a lead before the half time. Talking about the first half performance, City boss, in his post match interview, said that the boys were a bit reluctant to get behind opponent’s defence despite a dominant performance. “That’s why we could not create too many chances.” he said. “So in the second half I told them to go behind their defence.”

Boys were ruthless after the break, showing off some lovely tiki taka and ultimately resulting in five more goals being scored. Our all time top scorer and captain sensation Tshering Dorji opened his account with a brace. Orgyen Wangchuk was spot on with one goal. Karma Sonam deservingly also celebrated his homecoming with two goals.

The 7-1 result means Thimphu City has equalled its own record for goals scored on the first day of all domestic league season. The last time we did this was back in February 2017 against FC Tertons in Thimphu League opening day. We went on to successfully defend our Thimphu League title under then gaffer Karun Gurung winning 13 out of 14 games, drawing once, scoring 70 goals and conceding just 10. That 70 goals scored is a Thimphu League record that we still hold to this day.

Thimphu City will play Gelephu FC next on June 3rd.