Nalanda beat Royal in hockey final


by Rukshan Razak

Nalanda College came out with a renewed pledge in the second half to break a 1-1 deadlock to seal the fate over Royal College and thus clinch the all-island Boys’ under-17 hockey title at the end of a scintillating final at the Nandimithra Ekanayake Synthetic Turf in Matale last evening.

Once again it was a final that contained all the thrills and vigour in which the game went down to the wire with the scores leveled at 1-1.

Both teams stayed fairly level the entire match, despite this clash of styles. The Nalanda team was a very fast opposition for Royal, but their run style came as a surprise. Nalanda technique worked against the Royal team which lost possession due to some disorganization on the field. Both teams were strong in defence, particularly the Royalists taking counter-attack opportunities more often than Nalanda.

A penalty stroke converted by right extreme Pathum Prabodha and a field goal scored by left extreme Ashan Sangeeth brought Nalanda the victory due to a great finish, while right half Shahid Hussain scored the solitary goal for the Royalists.

Umpires: Mohamed Naushad and Duminda Fernando

Quarter-finals: Ananda College, Colombo beat Vijaya College, Matale 1-0, Nalanda College, Colombo beat Wesley College, Colombo 2-0, St. Benedict’s College, Colombo beat Kingswood College, Kandy 2-1, Royal College, Colombo beat Trinity College, Kandy 2-0.

Semi-Finals: Nalanda College, Colombo beat Ananda College, Colombo 2-0, Royal College, Colombo beat St. Benedict’s College, Colombo 3-0.

Consolation Final: Ananda College, Colombo beat St. Benedict’s College, Colombo 3-1

Final: Nalanda College, Colombo beat Royal College, Colombo 2-1.

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