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DYSA Mundgod beats Gullathalla FC to win 29th GCM Gold Cup

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DYSA Mundgod FC lifts the 29th edition of the GCM Gold Cup in Hunsur Tibetan settlement in South India (Photo/Tibet Times)

By Tsering Dhundup

DHARAMSHALA, May 30: In a thrilling conclusion to the 29th edition of the Gyalyum Chenmo Memorial Gold Cup tournament held in Hunsur Rabgyaling settlement in South India, Doeguling Youth Sports Association (DYSA) Mundgod emerged victorious over Gullathalla Youth Association Football Club, securing their fourth GCMGC title in a dramatic 3-2 win in extra time. 

The final match played under sweltering 31 degree heat, was attended by several thousand enthusiastic fans both on the ground as well as watching online from all over the world.

The excitement began just five minutes into the game when DYSA capitalized on a costly error by the Gullathalla goalkeeper, who failed to collect a low cross, allowing DYSA to take an early lead. The action continued as Gullathalla’s captain, Namgyal, equalised in the 17th minute with a precise shot into the corner of the goalpost, bringing the score to 1-1 by halftime.

In the second half, Gullathalla gained the upper hand in the 57th minute when their jersey number 4 scored from a ricocheting ball off a free kick. However, DYSA responded strongly, equalizing in the 69th minute with a powerful shot from their jersey number 17. Despite the Gullathalla keeper managing to get a hand on the ball, he couldn’t prevent it from crossing the goal line, levelling the score at 2-2 by the end of normal time.

With the game still undecided after 90 minutes, it extended into extra time. The first 15 minutes saw both teams unable to break the deadlock. It was in the second half of extra time, in the 2nd minute, that Nyima Dhondup, who was later named player of the tournament, scored the decisive goal for DYSA, clinching the match with a final score of 3-2.

DYSA Mundgod’s run to the cup began with a solid 3-1 victory over TCA Australia. The momentum continued as they faced Dhondupling FC in their second league match, ending in a 1-1 draw. Their third league encounter against Dhondenling Kollegal FC saw a similar result, another 1-1 draw. Despite not clinching outright victories in these matches, their performance was enough to secure advancement into the quarter-finals with 5 points, securing the second position in the group.

Their quarter-final match against TDL Bylakuppe was intense, but they emerged victorious with a 2-1 win. Moving on to the semi-finals, they faced off against Poanta Cholsum FC and delivered an impressive 2-0 victory, securing their spot in the final showdown.

On the other hand, the Gulladhala FC’s  tournament saw a strong start with a convincing 4-1 win over Ladakh Sonamling FC. However, they faced a setback in their second league match, suffering a 2-1 loss to TDL Bylakuppe. Determined to bounce back, they delivered a dominating performance in their third league match, defeating TCV United with a remarkable 7-1 score line.

Their performance earned them 6 points and the second position in the group, propelling them into the quarter-finals. Facing Kollegal Dhondenling FC, they secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory, setting the stage for a semi-final clash against Dhasa United FC. Despite a 3-0 loss on the field, Gulladhala advanced to the final due to Dhasa United’s disqualification for submitting false documents for one of their players.

Tenzin Namgyal of Gullathalla FC received the Top Scorer Award with eight goals. The Best Goalkeeper award went to Tenzin Choerab of Dhondenling Kollegal FC, while the Youngest Player accolade was given to Tenzin Tsering Dhundup, aged 13, of TCV United. Dhondenling Kollegal FC was recognised with the Fair Play Award for their exemplary sportsmanship.

This victory marks DYSA Mundgod’s fourth GCMGC title, adding to their previous wins in 2015, 2018, and 2019. This achievement places them second only to Dhondupling FC, which has won the title six times. DYSA Mundgod also won the South Cup in March this year. Their consistent performance and competitive spirit have solidified their reputation as a dominant force in Tibetan football. 

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