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Mercantile Football 'A' & 'B' div. Knock-out Tournament

Expolanka SC, Commercial Credit & Finance emerge champs

'A' Division champions, Expolanka SC team with the trophy. (Pictures by Sudath Nishantha)
'A' Division champions, Expolanka SC team with the trophy. (Pictures by Sudath Nishantha)

In a lacklustre finale, Expolanka SC led by M. Zarwan Johar (currently in the national squad) romped to an easy 4-0 win over HNB in the Mercantile Football Association 'A' division Knock-out Tournament 2019, which concluded on January 29 at the City League Grounds, Slave Island, Colombo 2.

In the first half, HNB did nothing but defend, making the Expolanka Goalkeeper a mere bystander. A.R.M. Shazny managed to penetrate the tight HNB defence to draw first blood in the 15th minute. Expolanka led 1/0 at the breather.

Things remained the same in the second half with HNB striving for survival. Expolanka skipper, M. Zarwan Johar, who spearheaded the attack, relentlessly raided the HNB box and through his unselfish, robust play and slick passing; his teammates, MS Jain, HN Kanishka, and M.A.M. Farzan found the net on three occasions.

In the 'B' division final that preceded, Commercial Credit & Finance turned the tables on the fancied Amana Bank with a hard-fought 2/1 win. Nimesh Cooray put the bankers in front with a stinging kick from inside the box in the 20th minute. Amana led 1-0 at half time.

Early in the second half, Commercial Credit equalised through a penalty kick goal by K.A. Buddhika.

Amana then went on a full-scale attack to get in front, and they could have easily won, if not for the brilliance of Commercial Credit's, GK Indika Kamal, who saved at least three certain goals.

The winning goal came in the dying stages of the game via P S L Sanjeeva.

M.A. Abdeen Refereed. The match commissioner appointed by the MFA for both finals was Anton Atapattu and the chief guest was Old Ben, former National Player and current chairman of the National Selection Committee FFSL, Tissa Kodituwakku.

The guest of honour was former National player, captain, and coach, Asoka Ravindra.

They, along with the MFA Officials, gave away the awards.

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