Sri Lanka suffer massive defeats at SAFF U19 Women’s Championship

SAFF U-19 Women's Championship 2021

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Sri Lanka U19 Women’s football team had a forgettable SAFF U19 Championship as they were handed massive defeats in all the games they participated in at the tournament.

Sri Lanka ended up ranked last in the 5-team competition held at BSSS Mostafa Kamal Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh from 11th December to 22nd December. The team played 4 games in the league stage, losing all by massive margins.

Sri Lanka vs Bhutan

Sri Lanka, participating in the tournament for the first time, faced inst Bhutan on 11th December.

Bhutan registered a comprehensive win against Sri Lanka scoring 5 goals. Bhutan players put the pressure on the islanders from the beginning as Pema, Tshering and Sonam managed to score 4 goals in the first half of the match.

In the second half of the match, though Sri Lankan defense managed to hold a bit better, due to an own goal from Senavige, Bhutan scored their fifth goal of the match.

Final Result – Sri Lanka 00 – 05 Bhutan

Goal Scorers – Pema 21’ & 22’, Tshering 27’, Sonam 45’, Senavige 85’ (OG)

Sri Lanka vs India

Sri Lanka met their neighbors India in the second game but they suffered another huge defeat as they went down 0-5. Indians were all over the islanders in the first half of the match as they scored 4 goals with Santosh, Estrocio and N Linda getting off the mark for India.

In the second half of the match, Sri Lanka showed some resistance compared to the first half as India scored only one goal with Priyangika scoring India’s fifth goal of the match in the 82nd minute.

Final Result – Sri Lanka 00 – 05 India

Goal Scorers – Santosh 2’, Estrocio 5’, N. Linda 9’ & 41’, Priyangka 82’

Sri Lanka vs Nepal

Sri Lanka’s third opponent of the tournament was Nepal where they were handed another defeat with a similar score line.

Sri Lanka’s poor run in the tournament continued specially in the first half of the game where their defense was exposed very badly.

Nepal players Rashmi, Sabita and Menuka scored 3 goals for Nepal in the first half putting pressure on Sri Lanka early in the game. They continued attacking even in the second half as Rajani, Saloni and Rashmi scored another 3 goals for Nepal extending their total goals to 6.

Final Result – Sri Lanka 00 – 06 Nepal

Goal Scorers – Rashimi 5’& 85’, Sabita 6’, Menuka 43’, Rajani 48’, Saloni 53’

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh

Sri Lanka faced the hosts Bangladesh as their last opponent in the league stage but it was a disastrous day for the young Sri Lankan ladies as they suffered their biggest defeat of the tournament with Bangladesh scoring 12 goals against them.

The hosts managed to score 4 goals in the first half where Rituporna scored two of them. Bangladesh continued their domination in the second half as well scoring 8 more goals with Afeida managing to score a hattrick of goals.

Final Result – Sri Lanka 00 – 12 Bangladesh

Goal Scorers – Sapna 2’, Rituporna 7’& 43’, Saheda 16’,49’& 87’, Akhi 47’, Afeida 54’, 70’& 83’, Anuching 77’, Unnoti 84’

Sri Lanka U19 Women couldn’t score a single goal throughout the tournament whereas their opponents scored 28 goals in total against them. Details of their training and preparation ahead of the tournament are unclear at this point.

Bangladesh who topped the points table with 10 points in 4 matches are set to face India who scored 9 points in 4 matches, in the final which will be played tomorrow (22nd December) at the same venue.