An excellent comeback by CH & FC in the second half resulted in diminishing Havelock SC’s title hopes as Kandy outclassed Air Force to extend the lead to 16 points over the weekend.
Navy, after a slow start, got the better of Army SC to go up to third place in the league table, four points above CR & FC and two points below Havelock SC. Army SC was pushed down sixth place, only above Police SC and Air Force SC.
Meanwhile, the Cops came out with a much better performance only to lose by two points over CR & FC at Police Park. The Cops are still a point behind Air Force at the bottom of the table.
Kandy vs Air Force at Ratmalana
Kandy came out guns blazing to score a total of 10 tries and the one-sided contest finished 64-12 at Ratmalana. They ensured not to repeat the same mistakes they made this time around last year.
A brilliant individual display from Danush Dayan led the visitors to a 33 point lead at the halfway mark. The halftime score was 45-12. Three tries in the second half successfully sealed the game for Kandy. Dayan was adjudged player of the match.
Havelock vs CH & FC at Havelock Park
The Havies got off to yet another brilliant start but Winger Aiyapala got CH & FC up and running with a brilliant try, However, Shehan Dias steered the home side to safety at halftime (25-13).
Late brilliance from Samuel Maduwanta helped CH finish on top (25-17).
Henry Terrance was adjudged player of the match.
Army vs Navy at Havelock Park
Navy after a strong start to the game fell behind as skipper Gayan Salinda opened the scoring with a penalty. However, a late first-half try gave Navy a four-point lead at the break.
The sailors extended the lead to 28 and their defense did the job restricting the soldiers to just 10.
Thilina Weerasinghe of Navy SC was played of the match.
CR & FC vs Police at Police Park
CR started strong but maintained a healthy lead over the Cops in the first half of the heaty contest. However, the Cops bounced back with a couple of excellent tries to reduce the lead early in the second half. Sandesh Jayawickrama’s try in the dying moments of the game gave Police hope but the final whistle was blown with CR two points ahead.
Arguably, this was Police SC’s best performance in the league this year. Sandesh Jayawickrama was played of the match.
Fixtures Week 10
CH & FC vs Air Force at Race Course on January 12th
Police SC vs Navy SC at Police Park on January 13th
Kandy SC vs CR & FC at Nittawala on January 13th
Havelock SC vs Army SC at Havelock Park January 13th
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