On song Ratnam seal Championship in style


by Chathura Pinnawala

Ratnam SC played like champions elect to thump SL Air Force SC 3-0 at Baddagana sports complex yesterday in the final week of the 2011/12 season to clinch the Dialog Champions League by five points.

Their nearest rival, SL Army SC-who had the faintest of presumptions to pip Ratnam coming into the final weekend of the season- failed in their attempts to overtake as the visitors were held to a high scoring 3-3 draw at Albert F. Peiris stadium, Wennappuwa by New Young’s SC. While it was agony for Army it was the other side of the coin-ecstasy-for New Young’s who with the point retained earned the right to stay in the top flight.

They are tied with Nandimithra SC in terms of points-both finishes with 17 points each-but the higher number of goals scored (New Young’s-22, Nandimithra-19) tilts the tide in favour of New Young’s. Java Lane SC accompanies Nandimitha in the unpleasant ride back to the division I as they failed to break deadlock against Saunders SC at City Football complex in Slave Island.

The potential six pointer between Renown and Don Bosco at Kelaniya Football complex ended with a 2-1 victory for Don Bosco thus nipping in the bud Renown’s exercise to gain a Champions of Champions cup place. Ratnam, SL Army, SL Navy and Don Bosco will now slug it out in the four club tournament next month.

Blue Star SC ended a disappointing season with an important win over SL Police which allowed them to leapfrog Saunders into the eight place.

Negombo Youth join Kalutara Park in the Champions League for next season.

Negombo Youth SC beat Old Bens 4-3 on penalties after the normal time ended at 1-1 in the second semi-final of the Premier League division I at Maris Stella grounds, Negombo yesterday to join Kalutara Park SC in going up a notch come 2012/13 season.

Week 22 results

Ratnam 3-0 SL Air Force

SL Navy 2-1 Nandimithra

New Young’s 3-3 SL Army

Don Bosco 2-1 Renown

Java Lane 0-0 Saunders

Blue Star 1-0 SL Police

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