The Sri Lankan Men’s Field Hockey team registered their second win at the 2018 Asian Games against Indonesia in a cracker of a game.
The Lankan stickers were placed in ‘Pool A’ of the Men’s Hockey event at the Asian Games along with 5 other dominant nations in field hockey. After getting off to a shaky start against Japan and Korea, Sri Lanka made a thundering comeback winning their last two encounters against Hong Kong and the host nation, Indonesia.
After a goalless first quarter, the two teams were on par with each other’s strengths, with both goalkeepers putting up a stellar performance saving several shots at goal. Double scorer for Sri Lanka in their match against Hong Kong, Sandaruwan Priyalanka opened scoring for his side in the 23rd minute.
The third quarter brought Indonesia their 1st and only goal of the match through forward Wahid Hakim, when he converted a penalty shoot in the 37th minute. Their equalizing goal celebrations was short lived as Lankan defender Dhammika Ranasinghe, stepped in for a penalty conversion in the 41st minute.
With an agitated Indonesian camp, Ranasinghe managed one more goal off a penalty conversion, in the 53rd minute. Ranasinghe had multiple shots at goal, which was saved by the Indonesian Goal keeper, denying him of a hat trick.
Captain Lahiru Weerasooriya expressed his views on the victory.
With 2 wins and 2 losses, Sri Lanka are currently placed 4th in their group of 6, with 9 points in total.
Sri Lanka will face India in their final group stage match on the 28th August at the GBK Hockey Field.