SRI V SIN ( Pool B ) 2016 Men Hockey World League Round 1 - Singapore (SIN)

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Match Review SRI - SIN 2-1

Report from Singapore Hockey Federation

Inspirational Mahara Damith Leads Sri Lanka to Glory

Mahara Damith of Sri Lanka produced a performance for the ages as he inspired the underdogs to a shocking 2-1 victory over the host nation at Sengkang Hockey Stadium on Tuesday night.

The initial stage of the game between Singapore and Sri-Lanka was fast-paced and extremely intense with both sides trading punches akin two well-matched boxers.

The host nation took the initiative to go ahead in the 10th minute as Adam Amir Aniq had the presence of mind to nudge home the rebound after a penalty corner shot was deflected away from goal.

A couple of minutes later, Singapore came close to scoring the second goal if not for a spectacular goal-line clearance by Sri Lanka’s Mahara Damith.

Sri Lanka began to retaliate but Singapore’s A Suresh produced another brilliant individual performance to keep Sri Lanka scoreless at halftime.

Two phenomenal saves within two minutes from Suresh kept Singapore’s slender lead intact. The first save came in the 20th minute when Suresh pulled off a spectacular reaction save to deny Sri Lanka. The second save was just as impressive as he managed to block a shot from point-blank range.

Sri Lanka had one more chance to equalize before half time as a well-worked short corner routine gifted Hasim Muhamad a glorious opportunity at the near post to level the score but his low drive towards far post was just wide of the post.

The second half began with similar intensity as the Sri Lankans were desperately searching for the elusive game-tying goal.

Suresh came to Singapore’s rescue once again when he stretched to deny a curling shot that was destined for the top corner of the goal in the 39th minute. However Singapore goalkeeper was helpless in the ensuing penalty corner as Mahara Damith smashed the ball into the corner, giving the Singapore custodian no chance at all.

Singapore were unfortunate not to have reclaimed the lead shortly after as Zainal Hazman’s effort from a penalty corner flashed narrowly wide.

Having stopped Singapore from scoring the second goal in the first half, Mahara Damith proved to be the difference between both sides again in the 56th minute as he made stupendous run down the right flank, weaving past several defenders before sending in a perfect cross for Abeetha Fernando to fire Sri Lanka ahead.

The score may have been 2-1 but Sri Lanka were definitely superior of the two sides as they had majority of the possession and created more chances. Although Singapore had their fair share of chances to equalize, they were constantly bogged down by inconsistency, players looked clueless at times and the passes lacked sharpness.


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
SIN 9 16 AMIR Adam Aniq PC 0 - 1
SRI 40 9 MAHARA Damith PC 1 - 1
SRI 56 25 FERNANDO Abeetha FG 2 - 1


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
SRI 9 30 RATHNAYAKA Anuradha Y
SIN 32 23 ABDUL Muhammad Hafiz G
SRI 42 22 DON ABRAHAM Dinesh G
SRI 62 7 KOMALA Tharanga Y


Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
1 A Suresh
2 ADON Iszuan
3 SALIM Muhammad Haseef
4 ONG Jun Hong
5 MARICAN Enrico
6 GREWAL Jaspal
9 ALIAS Muhammad Ashraff
10 LEE Chee Yong
12 NOOR SHAH Silas
13 GOH Kai Yang
15 MURID Hanif
16 AMIR Adam Aniq 1
18 TAN Yi Ru
19 YUHARI Mohammed Sabri
20 TEO Norman
21 JOHARI Ahmad Faris
22 LEE Kendy
23 ABDUL Muhammad Hafiz 1
  Head Coach CASOOJEE Solomon
  Assistant Coach LOMANS Abraham
  Team Manager MOHAMMAD SEFTU Saifulnizam
  Medical Doctor RAZAK Hamid
  Physiotherapist YEO Eileen
  Physiotherapist LIM Cheng Kuan

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 TAO Zhinan
Umpire 2 KINOSHITA Hideki
Reserve Umpire CHOR Ming Yeung
Judge 1 YAU Wai Shan
Judge 2 AUNG Zarni
Technical Officer LIU Zhipeng
  • Match 10
  • Date Tue, 12 Apr 2016
  • Time 20:00
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue Pitch 1

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