St. Henry’s create history, win U-19 football title 
By Susil Premalal   Published : 11:22 pm  February 19, 2016 | 5 comments | Print This Post  | 0 views

U-19 football

St. Henry’s College, Ilavali, Jaffna created history when they registered a resounding 3-1 win over defending champions Zahira College, Colombo to clinch the Kotmale U-19 School Football Championships at a packed Race Course grounds on Friday.

The little known players from Jaffna took an early lead when Zahirian M Musharaf gifted an own goal with just three minutes in the first half. But Zahira came back to hit the equalizer through M Hammath in the 45th minute to take lemons at 1-1.

With the score deadlocked on 1-1 both teams gave their hearts out in the second half but the boys from Jaffna found the net twice in the 67th and 73rd minute to clinch the coveted title.

Ganeshwarana Antonyraj scored for the winners in the 67th minute to put the defending champions under pressure and six minutes later Alfred Benedict Anojan who was later adjudged the player of the match scored their third goal. With a comfortable 3-1 lead with 17 minutes of play left, St. Henry’s played safe thereafter to seal a memorable win. Zahira made a few shots at the net but could not pass the goal-keeper Ukantheeswaran Amalraj who was brilliant. St. Henry’s is coached by MD Wijekumar.

Holy Cross beat St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya 1-0 to win the third place.

The tournament saw 24 teams across the island competing for the coveted title. The tournament was organized by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka and was sponsored by Kotmale, a subsidiary of Cargills PLC.


5 Responses to “St. Henry’s create history, win U-19 football title ”

  1. Rukmal Perera
    on February 20th, 2016 10:51 am

    Well done St.Henrys -Illavalai…You are back to past Football glory of the 70s and 80s. This reminds us the Jaffna schools winning all island trophies in the past.Hopefully Mahajana,St Patricks, St Johns will follow …Cheers…
    .Rukmal Perera

  2. Baelndran
    on February 20th, 2016 3:39 pm

    This is not the first time St Henry’s beat the champions. I think somewhere 1966 too they beat St Benedict’s Kotahena (then champions).

  3. Mohamed
    on February 21st, 2016 1:01 am

    FFSL must conduct more matches to school players. ZAHIRA too played the best. Any way still ZAHIRA is king of soccer who brings more trophy to school every year.

  4. Pat
    on February 21st, 2016 3:46 am

    All that the people in Jaffna want is an equal playing field in all forms of life. Then they will also perform like the boys from St. Henry’s. Well done !

    I do hope all other sports teams from Jaffna will also achieve great heights in the future.

  5. shasha
    on February 21st, 2016 7:58 am

    The best way to appeal to the fair minded sinhelese , officiala and sports ministry, is let the jaffna foot ball team, batticaloa basket ball teams to challange these national teams and proofe their talent towards mother lanka’s talent to the world


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