Striker Sisira Kumara shines for Old Bens
Striker Sisira Kumara Perera with an avalanche of goals, propelled
Old Bens Sports Club Veterans (Over-40) to the final of the Masters
11-a-side Soccer Tournament now in progress.
The tournament is conducted by the Masters Soccer Federation, headed
by Old Bens' Thilak Peiris. Playing all their matches at their home
ground at Kotahena was a bonus for the Bens, who scored four convincing
wins on their way to reach the final.
First Round: Old Bens beat Old Anandians by 3 goals to 2. Goal
scorers for the Bens, Sisira Kumara Perera (2) and Donald Fernando. nPre-Quarter
Finals: Old Bens overwhelmed Fortune SC, Kelaniya by 10 goals to nil,
the scorers being, Sisira Kumara Perera (3), Mohan Savarimuttu and
Vijitha Perera (2 goals each), Donald Fernando, Waldo Fernando and
Nishantha Perera (1 goal each). Quarter Finals: Old Bens had to fight
every inch of the way to beat the Slave Island Veterans 1/0, the winning
goal booted in by Sisira Kumara Perera in the second half.
Semi Finals: Once again, Sisira Kumara Perera came to the
rescue of the Bens scoring the match winning goal in the dying stages of
the game to beat the strong Maligawatte Veterans 1/0.
Old Bens will now meet the winners of the second semi final, between
defending champions, Badulla Veterans and the Kandy Veterans to be
worked off at Gampola. The Team (from): Athula Perera (Captain), Prabath
Ferdinand, Tony Anandappa, Ramesh Kumar, Jonston Fernando (GK), Wilfred
Fernando (Res/GK), Waldo Fernando, Sharman Caldera, Jude Peiris, Mohan
Savarimuttu, Donald Fernando, Sisira Kumara Perera, Neville Perera,
Vijitha Perera, Sajith Gomes, Srikanth Thanabalasinghan, Valentine
Thambirajah, Ravi Kuruppiah, Sudagan Nattar and Alfred Dias.
Officials: Kishano Fernando (Manager), Peter de Crusz
(Secretary), Anura de Silva, Malcolm Rodrigo, Adrian Vindarampulle,
Pinto Fernando and Nishantha Perera (Coordinator).