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Royal College soccer reached great heights in 2018

Royal College players in action against Zahira College Colombo in the Division I under 18 soccer tournament where Royal emerged runner-up.
Royal College players in action against Zahira College Colombo in the Division I under 18 soccer tournament where Royal emerged runner-up.

The Royal College soccer team has embarked through a successful season over the past years and it has produced a few national level players for the country. In 2018 too Royal College soccer obtained commendable achievements.

The year started off with Mohamed Roomy being appointed as the head coach of the Royal College soccer team. He was responsible for the success of Zahira College football for many years and joined Royal College with the objective of uplifting the standards of the college football and also to groom young players.

Roomy along with the team’s assistant coaches, Lasantha Kumara and Anton Joy and Goal Keeper trainer Ajith Kumara inspired the players to achieve great heights through dedication, commitment and strategic vision which proved fruitful during the year.

The Football Advisory Committee chaired by Upul Pradeep Vitanachchi helped immensely to train young players to reach new heights.

Royal played three main encounters during 2018. The encounters concluded on a high note with the 1st XI team portraying true spirit of sportsmanship.

n25th Royal-Mahinda encounter for Albert Edirisinghe Challenge Trophy

Following a nail biting finish, Royal emerged victorious beating Mahinda College Galle 1-0. Royal captain Sakun Divyanga scored the winning goal during the second half. The match was played the Racecourse on 28 October. This is the oldest soccer encounter in the Royal College sports calendar.

*25th Royal-Thomian encounter for Blue Derby Trophy

The most anticipated soccer encounter of the year for the Blue Derby Trophy between Royal College, Colombo and S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia concluded on a high note on 3 November at Racecourse with Royal emerging victorious 1-0. Once again the winning goal was scored by the captain Sakun Divyanga. Royal lead the series with 21 wins.

*2nd Royal-Trinity encounter for J. R. Jayawardene Trophy

The match between Royal College and Trinity College, Kandy for the J. R. Jayawardene Trophy played in Kandy on November 10 saw Royal losing. It was a tough match between the two teams.

Divisional Matches

Royal played the season under Division 1 during the past few years. The Division 1 - Under 18 Soccer Tournament organized by the Sri Lanka Schools Football Association was a platform to highlight the team’s capabilities where the Under 18 team reached the finals for the first time in the history and lost to eventual winners St. Joseph’s by 2 goals to 1. This has been a tremendous achievement from the boys from Reid Avenue considering that the team consisted of young players.

During the first round, Royal managed to defeat teams such as Holy Cross Kalutara 1-0, De Mazenod College Kandana 2-1, St. Patrick’s College Jaffna 3-1 (on penalties). In the semi-finals they beat fancied Zahira College Colombo 4-2 (on penalties).

Tournaments

The 2018 Football season started with the Circuit Football Tournament, organized by the Education Ministry and Royal Under 16 emerged champions while the Under 18 team secured third place.

At the Zonal Football Tournaments, organized by the Ministry of Education, Royal Under 16 team reached the semifinals while the Under 18 team emerged runners-up.

Most importantly the Under 18 team defeated last year’s champions St. Joseph’s College and the giants in schools football St. Benedict’s College.

The Zahira 7’s Futsal Tournament, organized by the Past Prefects’ Association of Zahira College saw Royal emerge champions in the Bowl category.

The year 2018 was an unforgettable year for Royal College soccer and the team is expected to do well in the years to come.

 


 

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