Air­men earn first win of sea­son, beat­ing gal­lant Cops

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

Air Force Sports Club earned their first win of the on­go­ing Di­a­log Rugby League af­ter con­vinc­ingly beat­ing the high-rid­ing Po­lice Sports Club 16-7 in a sec­ond round game played at Rat­malana yes­ter­day.

The Air­men held on to a slen­der one-point lead, by 8-7 at half­time, and did well to spoil any chances of be­ing beaten for yet an­other week with splendid sec­ond half play. Even­tu­ally the hosts cel­e­brated their well de­served first win af­ter scor­ing from two un­con­verted tries and two penal­ties. The Cops man­aged to score from a soli­tary con­verted try, which came in the first half.

The Air­men played with a dif­fer­ent plan al­to­gether as they coun­tered their op­po­nents well and in the end did the first scor­ing, through for­ward Parakrama Rat­nayake in the sev­enth minute, to lead 5-0.

The Cops fought hard to counter the Air­men's at­tack and they fi­nally man­aged to barge through fly­half Su­ranga Ka­sun in the 22nd minute. Full­back Shafraz Amath added the ex­tra points as Cops led 7-5, and led the game, giv­ing an alarm to the hosts.

But a penalty that came in favour their in the 38th minute, was put over neatly by fly­half Gayan­tha Id­damal­goda as Air Force led the half­time 8-7. Noth­ing came in their favour for the Cops in the sec­ond half as the hosts made all ef­forts valiantly to earn a win. Their ef­forts were paid off when Id­damal­goda booted the sec­ond penalty for Air Force, who fur­ther stretched the lead to 11-8 in the 61st minute. Four min­utes later Rat­nayake went over to land his and the team's sec­ond try, which went un­con­verted and de­spite los­ing a man in the fi­nal few minute, Air Force walked out win­ners for the first time this sea­son.

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