Java Lane Sports Club clinch Premier League Title
Java Lane Sports Club from Slave Island, one of the oldest soccer
playing clubs in the City maintained its supremacy winning the CEAT
Premier League Title yesterday at their home grounds beating Kalutara
Park SC three goals to one.
With this victory Java Lane SC became the holders of the CEAT Trophy
and also received a cash award of Rs. 300,000 while runners up Park SC
received the runners up Trophy and Rs. 200,000.
The got off to a start at 3.30 p.m. and the teams played good soccer
right throughout 90 minutes. The Slave Island club got off to an early
lead in the tenth minutes through the goal scored by A.A. Gnanasegaran.
With just four minutelater they went further ahead when M. Rilwan Nadeer
found the net.
The first session was dominated by the Slave Island boys but Kalutara
team too made many inroads to opponents territory but failed to take
advantage to score with those moves. The session ended with Java Lane in
the lead 2-0.
After the turn around the Kalutara team got their act together and
reduced the lead in only 3 minutes into the session.
The game completely changed from there onwards with Java Lane SC
trying to add to their tally while defending in a very effective manner.
The defenders played their hearts out to stop the Kalutara team from
Kalutara lads also did extremely well to hold their fort while
safeguarding their territory. Slave Island team’s two players where
warned by the referee B.M.S. Basnayake while he had to pull out the card
only once on Kalutara team. Slave Island Club received seven corners but
could not make them into scoring opportunities.
Referee B.M.S. Basnayake had to leave the field due to an injury and
the stand-by referee N.S.M.H. Roomy controlled the game for nearly 30
minutes. Java Lane SC’s substitute H.N.M. Razeek who came in for T.R.
Junaideen scored the third goal 18 minutes into the second half.
There was no scoring by both teams after that and the team from
Colombo sealed their victory.
Asiri Lamahewa the highest goal getter for the Slave Island Club with
seven goals during the season was declared as the man of the final
yesterday. Though he failed to score in yesterday’s match he played an
Chief executive officer CEAT Sri Lanka Tyres Ltd. Randeep Narang was
the Chief Guest and gave away the awards.