Gemunu Watch (GW) stormed past Military Intelligence Corps and Sri Lanka Army Service Corps (SLASC) to register a close win against Sri Lanka Armoured Corps as the two sides booked their place in the 2017 Sri Lanka Army Inter Regiment Football Tournament final.
Sri Lanka Army Service Corps (SLASC), Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (SLAC), Military Intelligence Corps (MIC) and Gemunu Watch (GW) battled through…
Sri Lanka Army Service Corps v Sri Lanka Armoured Corps (Semi-Final I)
SLASC defeated SLAC 1-0 in the first semi-final played at the Kelaniya Football Complex.
On their road to the semi-final SLASC topped group A with 10 points – three wins and 1 draw. In the quarter final, they had another tight 1-0 win against Sri Lanka Light Infantry, where Zameel Thulaib was the hero.
SLAC too topped their group B with 9 points from three wins. They defeated Sri Lanka Army Ordinance Corps 4-3 on penalties after a stout defensive performance in the quarter final.
SLASC dominated the game from the opening whistle but SLAC, like they did against SLAOC, defended well looking to take this semi-final to penalties. They were doing well before a lucky break on the hour mark for SLASC saw Vimukthi Bandara’s toe-pork trickle past the defenders and into the goal.
Matters became even worse for SLAC when K.C.Madushanka was sent off for a 2nd yellow card in the 74th minute as SLASC cruised through the next 15 minutes to secure the win.
SLASC – Vimukthi Bandara 60′
Gemunu Watch v Military Intelligence Corps (Semi-Final II)
Gemunu Watch avenged last year’s final loss to Military Intelligence Corps with a dominant 3-0 win at the Kelaniya Football Complex.
MIC finished 2nd in group B behind SLASC with 7 points from two wins and 1 draw. In the quarter final, they defeated Sri Lanka National Guard 1-0.
GW topped group D with 6 points with two wins from three matches. In the quarter final, GW secured another 3-0 win against Engineer Services Regiment.
MIC, with many Army and Premier League players, were favourites to win this semi-final but GW playing according to a plan, completely out played last year’s champions.
R.K.Premanayake opened the scoring in the 30th minute and doubled the lead five minutes later. After the break MIC changed plans but to no avail as S.P.Sirisoma bursting past the defenders took advantage of an error from the opposition to score the third and finish off the game.
GW – R.K.Premanayake 30′ & 35′, S.P.Sirisoma 65′
The final will be played on 9th August at the Race Course International Stadium at 6.30pm