Three goals inside three minutes early in the 2nd half broke the Royal College resilience as Zahira College romped to a 5-0 win in the U18 Division I Schools’ Football Championship match at Zahira College Grounds.
Skipper Nisal Tharinda Silva gave the hosts the perfect start with a goal in the 4th minute…
Royal College was playing their first match of the campaign while Zahira was on the back of a dominant 4-1 win against St.Peter’s College in their opening game.
The Reid Avenue boys put up a stubborn defensive effort, amidst the Zahira onslaught, for most the first half. Skipper Mohamed Murshid missed out on a couple of chances while the likes of Mohamed Akthar and Mohamed Rasheed impressed for the hosts. Royal’s only attacking threat was Sakun Divyanga but he was isolated on occasions without options.
Zahira, finally broke the deadlock, with two minutes left till half time, when Mohamed Mushfir headed in from a Mohamed Rasheed corner.
Half time – Zahira College 1 – 0 Royal College
The hosts took no time in going full throttle in the 2nd half with Akthar scoring from a looping header over the Royal goalkeeper. Two minutes later another one of Rasheed’s corner kicks was converted when Ahamed Himash guided in Hassan Raza’s header.
St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna scored five past Holy Cross College, Kaluthara in a second…
Straight from the restart the hosts were awarded a penalty when Murshid was brought down and the skipper stepped up to score to make it three goals in four minutes. The devastating mini burst broke the Royal resilience as they looked to stop further attacks.
However, Zahira added another in the 59th minute with another header coming from Mushfir from a Murshid cross, to make it four goals in two games for the forward. A minute later Mohamed Hammadh had the ball in the back of the net but was disallowed for a foul.
Full time – Zahira College 5 – 0 Royal College
ThePapare.com Player of the Match – Mohamed Rasheed
Zahira College – Mohamed Mushfir 38 & 59’, Mohamed Akthar 45’, Ahamed Himash 47’, Mohamed Murshid 48’
Zahira College – Farhan Jiffrey 24’
Royal College – Mohamed Saajidh 14’, Mohamed Ammar 47’, Mohamed Irfan 63’