Old Bens SC Veterans emerge Soccer Champions
|Old Bens SC Veterans emerged champions at the Negombo Masters 11a-side Invitation Soccer Tournament worked off at St. Maryís College ground Negombo recently beating Negombo Masters on penalty shootout.|
The finals were keenly contested with outstanding performance by the Old Bens defenders Malcolm Rodrigo, Raj Alponso, Sajith Gomes, Athula Perera and goal-keeper Wilfred Fernando. In the penalty shoot-out Negombo Masters missed 2 penalties whiles the Old Bens SC Veterans booted 4 to emerge winners and carry away the Denis Pieries, M.A. Fernando, Nimal Fernando Memorial trophy and the cash award of 25,000/=. Donald Fernando, Jude Peiries, Nishantha Perera and Samantha Fernando scored the penalties for the Old Bens SC Veterans.
Jude Sigerias, captain of Negombo Masters was picked as the best goalkeeper while Nishantha Perera, captain of Old Bens SC Veterans was adjudged the most valuable player for his outstanding performance.
The Champions Old Bens SC Veteranís squad consisted of Nishantha Perera (Captain), Waldo Fernando, Sisira Kumara Perera, Donald Fernando, Malcolm Rodrigo, Samantha Fernando, Jude Peiries, Athula Perera, Nishan Caldera, Johnson Fernando (Goal-keeper), Ramesh Kumar, Wilfred Fernando (Goal-keeper), Suresh Fernando, Raj Alponso, K. Prebash (Manager), Eric Mageshan (Assistant Manager), Gamini Perera (Asst. Manager), Dilruk Perera (Secretary), Anura de Silva (Former Sri Lanka soccer player and Assistant CO - Football Federation of SL).
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