BENAULIM: Curtorim Gymkhana rode on a fine hat-trick by Welson Fernandes to register a 3-1 victory against Carmona SC in the inaugural match of the 33rd Strikers Trophy football tournament, organised by Young Strikers, Benaulim, at St John, the Baptist grounds, Benaulim on Tuesday.
Curtorim Gymkhana could have gone into the lead early into the match but the Carmona SC keeper Edwil Afonso proved to be a hard nut to crack.
Curtorim Gymkhana finally scored their first goal in the 27th minute when striker Welson Fernandes finished a move initiated by teammate Abel Noronha.
Carmona fought back well and restored parity within the next five minutes when Curtorim keeper Cristo Hilario committed an error as the ball slipped out of his hands following a low freekick by Cristben Estaibeiro.
Carmona’s joy however did not last long as Curtorim striker Welson again scored with a fierce volley off a pass by winger Veron Fernandes from the right flank.
Crossing over, Curtorim dominated the proceedings and striker Welson completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute with a deft placement off a pass by Mackwill Fernandes.