S. Thomas’ retain Orville Abeynaike Memorial Trophy after scoreless draw | Daily News


 

20th annual Royal-Thomian hockey encounter

S. Thomas’ retain Orville Abeynaike Memorial Trophy after scoreless draw

Royal skipper Sachithra Malshan (centre) is up against the Thomian defenders R.H. Rambukpotha (left) and C.H. Hewawasam during their 20th annual hockey encounter at the Astro Turf in Reid Avenue yesterday. (Picture by Samantha Weerasiri)
Royal skipper Sachithra Malshan (centre) is up against the Thomian defenders R.H. Rambukpotha (left) and C.H. Hewawasam during their 20th annual hockey encounter at the Astro Turf in Reid Avenue yesterday. (Picture by Samantha Weerasiri)

 

 

 

S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia retained the Orville Abeynaike Memorial Trophy after their 20th annual hockey encounter against traditional rivals Royal College, Colombo ended in a scoreless draw at the Astro Turf in Reid Avenue yesterday.

This was the fifth draw in the series with the Thomians leading the series tally 9-6 keeping the trophy by virtue of having won the last two encounters.

Even 10 minutes of extra time played in fading light failed to break the deadlock as the defences of both sides held firm in a fiercely contested game of hits and misses.

S. Thomas’ marshalled by centre half C.H. Hewawasam had the better of the exchanges in the first half with N. Wickramasinghe being just wide with a goal attempt shortly before the interval.

The Thomians continued their offensive after ‘lemons’ forcing a couple of penalty corners midway in the second period with Hewawasam and skipper R.H. Rambukpotha being foiled in their attempts.

Royal clawed their way back as Ravindu Ranasinghe tried to dribble his way through on several occasions but failed to squeeze through the water-tight Thomian defence.

With the tempo of the game being raised in the second half, Royal skipper Sachitra Malshan missed an attempt with the Thomian goalkeeper out of his ground while Royal also fluffed a penalty corner.

The Thomians wrested back the initiative through Y.N. Goonewardene who made some wonderful interceptions, Hewawasam went close and Wanigasuriya was also wide with an attempt.

Royal’s Ranasinghe made a spectacular left-handed driving shot from the right flank after swivelling around while Malshan sliced a penalty corner in the dying seconds of regular time.

After some confusion whether extra time should be played, the Thomians failed to capitalise from a penalty corner while J. Prakash attempted a shot from an acute angle without success. Royal’s hopes fizzled out at the end despite getting a penalty corner. International umpire M.J.M. Naushad and Akalanka Ishan officiated with Sathish Kumar being the third umpire.

S. Thomas’ beat Royal 1-0 in the under 16 encounter with a 32nd minute strike by K.D.K. Perera.

The Veterans match was tied 1-1 with Nadith Kudagama scoring for Royal and Tivanka Wijeratne for S. Thomas’. Royal won the old boys under 35 match 2-1 after the scores were tied 1-1 at half time with Shahid Kuthubdeen scoring a brace while R. Nallapperuma got the Thomian goal.


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