Ratnam SC and Hameed Al Husseinia clinch soccer titles
SOCCER: Pre match favourites Ratnam SC and Hameed Al Husseinia MV
rose to the occasion to lift the club and schools titles respectively
defeating New Youngs SC, Wennappuwa and Isipatana MV in the finals of
the Old Benedictine Sports Club Golden Jubilee Invitation Soccer
Tournament played at St. Benedict’s College grounds, Kotahena yesterday.
Down one goal to nil in the first half Ratnam SC fought back gamely to
beat the much improved New Youngs SC by 2 goals to 1 in the club final.
The match started with players from both sides showing caution
apparently up tight about the final match. But strikers soon started to
attack and number of dangerous forays were exchanged.
Ratnam SC were stunned in the 20th minute when New Young SC striker
W.A. Sampath Perera broke forward hit the net 1-0 and maintained the
lead till the break. After the interval Ratnam SC stormed back to
equalise through Kasun Jayasuriya’s perfect headed and skipper Chathura
Maduranga sealed victory for Ratnam SC when he hit the net from close
Referee: H.E. Dilan Perera.
Rev. Bro. Granville, Director St. Benedict’s College was the chief
guest while two old boys Basil Jayawardena and Hurly Silveria were the
guests of honour.
Hameed Al Husseinia MV won the schools title defeating Isipatana MV
in the final on a penalty shoot out by 4-2 after the match ended in a
The game started on a fast pace and the pre match favourites Hameed
Al Husseinia dominated throughout the 90 minutes of play despite missing
six scoring opportunities.
Hameed Al Husseinia team showed their supremacy and pounced on the
rivals who were forced to adopt a defensive game with better ball
control, speed and constructive play. Hameed Al Husseinia MV mesmerised
the rival defence. But it was a galore of missed chances. The worst
offenders were T.B. Shiftan, M.F.M. Rahuman, M. Yasir and M. Rikash who
failed to hit the net on six occasions missing easy goals.
At the regulation time of play the score sheet stood nil-all and the
referee M.A. Ranjith implemented the penalty shoot out to find the
In the five penalty tie breaker Hameed Al Husseinia MV scored 4 to
M.A.M. Sabrin, M.A.M. Yasir, M.F. Rahuman and T.R.T. Rizny kicked in
correctly for Hameed Al Husseinia.
N.K.P. Priyankara and W.G.D. Susan shot correctly for Isipatana MV
while D. Jayashankar and P. Nilajan kicks were well saved by Hameed Al
Husseinia goal keeper N.M. Naushad.
Rev. Bro. Denzil Perera, Provincial Visitor La Sallian Brothers was
the chief guest while Milroy Perera, Secretary Sri Lanka Schools
Football Association was the guest of honour.