Sri Lanka U15 boys’ team failed to impress after their win against Bhutan in their opening fixture as they lost to Nepal 2-0 in the second, at the SAFF U15 Championship 2019 in Kalyani, India.
Mohamed Mihran’s injury time goal secured a stunning 3-2 comeback win against Bhutan …
Sri Lanka came into the game after a comeback 3-2 win against Bhutan whereas Nepal got a 5-0 hiding from India.
The first 20 minutes of the game was complete dominance by the Himalaya boys with a continuous surge of attacks towards the Lankan goal. Tharusha Rashmika was strong between the posts making a few of vital saves to deny the Nepalese of early goals.
The Nepal midfielders dominated the proceedings and cut open the Sri Lankan defense with through balls. Their forwards lacked the cutting edge in the final third which let the Lankans off the hook.
Sri Lankans did get half chances through a couple of free kicks far out but were not able to capitalize.
Back four for the Lankans Mohamed Shakeel, Malindu Athukorala, Venura Lakmina and Erusha Ruwanka were put under tremendous pressure by the Nepalese forwards throughout the first half.
In the 37th minute Krishna Adhikari missed 2 chances back to back at point blank range for Nepal which should have been put away to break the deadlock. Lady luck was with Sri Lanka as they went in to the break without conceding.
Half Time: Sri Lanka 0 – 0 Nepal
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Second half started badly for the Lankans when Sasank Bohra capitalized on a defensive lapse when he drilled home a loose ball in the 46th minute to give the lead to Nepal.
Nepal kept on probing the Lankan half and were continuously on the attack. Tharusha Rashmika in the goal was called on multiple times to keep the score to one.
Lankans looked tired against a strong Nepal attack; Head coach Aruna Sampath had played the same XI who played the first game against Bhutan. With only a day’s rest, the youngsters started to feel exhaustion.
Sri Lanka struggled to come out of their own half for long passages of play. Nepal forwards and midfielders kept shooting off target more often than not thus frustrating the coaching staff in the touch line.
Rashmika was finally beaten in the 83rd minute with a low drive to his right by Rai after dribbling his way through the middle into the box.
Nepal kept pushing for goals in order to better their goal deficit, however Sri Lanka held on not to concede any more goals.
Full Time – Sri Lanka 0 – 2 Nepal
Nepal – Sasank Bohra 46’, Rai 83’
Bhutan vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh stamped their authority in the tournament with a strong show beating Bhutan 5-2. Bhutan succumbing to their 2nd loss of the tournament are now out of contention to reach the finals.
At half time the score was 3-2 and a strong second half show got the Bangladeshis 2 more goals. Al Mirad Khan 21’ 80’, Amin Rahman 15’, Shuvo Sarkar 46’ Islam Babu 90+7’ were the goal-getters for Bangladesh. Phub Dorji 17’, Sonam Chozang 32’ score the 2 goals for Bhutan.