Zahira, Hameed Al Husseine through to quarter finals
The Hameed Al Husseine College organised All Island Invitation
schools soccer tournament got under way with the host team came up with
a fine performance to outplay D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo, 9 goals
to 8 in the opening game at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. The
tournament is sponsored by Dialog Telekom.
The game got off to a start soon after the opening ceremony attended
by Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha and Minister of Petroleum
D.S.S. Soccerites played top class soccer at the beginning and within
short period (three minutes) got ahead when Mohamed Irfan netted in the
first goal of the tournament.
Hameed Al Husseine team though trailing settled down well moving the
ball right through the first session. They collected their goal to
equalise in the fourteenth minute. The equalizer coming through the boot
of Mohamed Zakeel.
This equaliser by the Hameedians saw the DSS boys change their
tactics with a view to take a lead. But all their efforts were thwarted
by the defenders who played to a plan. In the meantime. Hameedian’s went
on the attack but due to poor finishing could not get the needed goal to
The second session saw both teams using everything in store to break
the deadlock. But none could find the net during this session.
Hameedians were in full control of this session with ball in their
possession for almost 65 per cent. As both teams failed to take a firm
grip of the game during the stipulated time period, referee M.A. Ranjith
blew the final whistle with the scores reading one all.
Referee had to use the penalty shoot out to decide the winner in this
first game. Both teams made no mistakes with their five penalty kicks
and once again the teams tied 6 all. Referee had to continue with the
kicks further and it went onto nine penalties.
DSS kicker missed the ninth while Hameedia kicker made no mistake to
bring his side’s victory and also towards the quarter final. Mohamed
Rizmy of Hameed Al Husseine was adjudged as the man of the match.
Comfortable win for Zahira
Zahira, College was engaged in the second match of the playing
against Dharmaraja College, Kandy. Colombo soccerties cruised to a
comfortable four goals to nil victory.
It was Mohamed Fazal who made the initiative to put Zahirians in
front scoring in the 14th minute. Upto this stage Rajans too displayed
good soccer, but it was Zahirians who caught the eyes of every spectator
for their controlled short passes. Just seven minutes later once again
it was Fazal who extended the lead for Zahira.
Teams returned for lemons with the score reading in favour of the
Colombo School 2-0.
Zahirians played fine soccer to prove that they are a well-combined
outfit. They outplayed Rajans in all departments of the game in the
first session of play.
Meanwhile Rajans too made every effort to control the goal hungry
Zahiraians to a certain extent. The second session Fazal could not make
any headway as he was well guarded.
M.I.M. Zameen made good use of this opportunity and fired the third
goal for Zahirans mid way into the second half 3-0. Just few minutes
away from the final blow from Referee Priyakara. M.C.M. Rizny extended
the lead to 4-0. This victory assured the Zahirians a berth in the
M.N.M. Nafir was adjudged the man of the match in this game.
An organiser said that St. Joseph’s College, Anuradhapura has
informed their inability to compete in this tournament at the last
moment due to security reasons prevailing in the area.
The organisers have taken prompt action to invite Wesley College,
Colombo to replace the vacancy created by the Anuradhapura team. Wesley
College has readily agreed to play in the tourney. With the latest
addition Wayamba Royal will clash with Wesley College today at 8.30 a.m.
at Sugathadasa Stadium.
St. Benedict’s are scheduled to play against Maris Stella College,
Negombo at 4.00 p.m.
The other two games scheduled for today are Zahira College, Gampola
Vs St. Thomas’ College, Matara at 10.30 a.m. and Hindu College, Colombo
Vs Dharmaloka College, Kelaniya at 2.30 p.m. all to be at the same