Following on from their recent U20 championship success, Gateway College Colombo also claimed the U18 International Schools’ Football Championship defeating Elizabeth Moir 2-0 in the final played at the Moragasmulla Grounds on the 28th February.
The tournament, hosted by Royal Institute, saw Gateway top the group stages, defeating CIS Colombo 6-0, Elizabeth Moir 3-1 and Horizon International 3-0. In the knockout stages, Gateway went on to beat Lyceum Panadura 1-0 in the quarter finals and Royal Institute 3-1 in the semis.
In the final, Gateway once again faced off against Elizabeth Moir and cruised to a 2-0 victory with two goals from captain Umar Shakil.
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The Gateway team was in control throughout, scoring 18 goals across the tournament. Striker Umar Shakil top scored with 9 goals and was adjudged Player of the Tournament and has now picked up this award at both the U18 and U20 schools’ tournaments.
Gateway’s young goalkeeper, Anuk Dassanayake, also impressed throughout the tournament, and was adjudged Best Goalkeeper. Together with Gateway’s strong back line, he conceded only 2 goals throughout the tournament, and he also now holds the Best Keeper award in both the U18 and U20 age categories.
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