Ratnam-Maligawatte clash in opener
Holcim FA Cup quarterfinals:
Ratnam Sports Club from Kotahena take on Maligawatte Youth SC in the
first quarter final of the Holcim FA Cup Soccer Championship today at
Football Federation ground Kelaniya.
Though Ratnam SC has a slight edge with their experience in Premier
League soccer could face stiff opposition from Maligawatte team. Ratnam
minus five of their regulars Sri Lankan skipper Chatura Maduranga, Rawmy
Mohamed and E.B. Channa who are engaged in professional engagements in
Male and two more players changing clubs. This factor might be of vital
importance for the Maligawatte boys who could try to take the mean
advantage to outplay the Kotahena side.
Meanwhile the other three quarters are scheduled to be played at the
same venue on June 26, 27 and 28. It is also highly notable to see all
three Forces Army, Navy and Air Force along with Police battle in this
stage to make their way to the semis. These eight teams entry saw the
exit of other renowned clubs Jupitors SC, Java Lane SC, Negombo Youth SC
and New Youngs SC.
Police, Air Force clash tomorrow could be one of the best games as
both teams will go flat out to make it to the semis. Airmen who were
placed ahead of the Policemen in the last Premier League has a very
A good battle expected
On Saturday Saunders SC will have to come out with everything what
they have in store to confront strong Nandimithra SC. Nandimithra SC
last years runners-up in this tournament is sure to push back the Pettah
Club boys to the maximum. They are a very fit and energetic out fit and
the Saunders will have to play very intelligent and a positive soccer if
they are to match their opponents.
Navy who entered the fray after a lapse of nearly two years did well
to reach this stage. Their hard work paid heavy dividends for the side.
Sailors will meet Sri Lanka Army in the last game of the quarters on
Sunday. When going back on the record of the Army, it looks good for
them as they have continued playing right through the Premier League and
in all other major tournaments. This experience they have gained should
be put to good use to overcome the sailors who are making a strong bid
to find a berth in the semifinal.
The redeveloped City League Football ground at Slave Island will come
to light with a soft opening when the Holcim FA Cup semi finals are held
on July 11 and 12. The Slave Island soccer fans who waited nearly two
years without soccer gets the opportunity to witness the grand final of
the Holcim FA Cup on July 18.
The Chairman of Holcim Lanka Ltd and Management Committee Chairman
FFSL, Manilal Fernando, CEO, FFSL Chrysantha Perera and all officials of
the Football Federation of Sri Lanka are expected to witness the grand
final from the redeveloped new grand stand at the City League ground