At the end of week 1 of the ThePapare Football Championship 2018, we have look at the stand out players of the week.
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The National Cap lived up to expectations with an excellent overall performance in the win against Mahinda College. Leading from the front with 2 goals Asela Madushan is one of the players to watch out during the season to finish as the top scorer.
Shanmugaratnam Lakshan (Mahajana College, Jaffna)
A Player of the Match performance by the Mahajana goalkeeper shows that the talent available in the country is immense. A superb penalty save and making a couple more double saves ensured the Jaffna boys returned home with a point. He was confident in collecting high balls and looks to be an early season candidate for the golden glove.
Shashikumar Kanujan (Mahajana College, Jaffna)
Kanujan captaining Mahajana College lead from the front. He was vibrant at every break and had the assist to the goal with a solo run on the left flank. He created problems and the Zahira defense had more than a player marking him at times.
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Zahira College skipper had a great start to the season with an early goal. He was marked constantly and was subject to hard tackling by the opponents. Controlled the midfield for the Maradana lads and at a later stage moved up to the forward line in search of a winner.
Hasny in goal contributed to the upset win over St. Peter’s College by saving a penalty and several key saves during the game. One of the 2 goalkeepers to keep a clean sheet in the matches concluded in the opening week.
Abdul Rahman (Gintota Zahira College)
The playmaker of Gintota Zahira scored a blinder from the left flank and helped create the second in the win against the Peterites. Playing in the left flank he constantly cut back and beat his markers with ease. A showman in the making. Along with Abdul Rahman, Zahira Gintota is a team to watch out.
Mohamed Rifas (Gampola Zahira College)
His brace against Royal College in their own backyard helped Gampola Zahira to win 4-2. He was a constant threat to the back line of Royal. His first goal was from a cute angle and dipped and swerved to beat the goalkeeper.
Pramuditha Gunasekara (De Mazenod College)
The big lad from De Mazenod had a brace in the game against St. Sebastian’s Katuneriya to help his College win 4 goals to 1. He used his size and height to great advantage in creating chances and was clam enough to slot in a penalty. Sri Lanka Schools’ Team represent will surely be a significant contributor to the success of De Mazenod this season.
S. Abheeshan (St. Patrick’s College)
The Jaffna boys were the big winners with an emphatic 8-0 drubbing of Bandaranayke College. Abheeshan scored as early as in the 2nd minute and round up his hat-trick in the 87th minute. Had an excellent overall game and contributed more than scoring goals.
Mohamed Asthath (Al Aqsa College, Kinniya)
A livewire in the forward line Asthath scored the first hat-trick of the season against St. Benedict’s College. His 3 goals contributed to a 6-4 win for the boys from Kinniya.