Defending champions Colombo FC survived a tricky trip to Nawalapitiya while Matara City secured their 2nd win in a curtailed match week 6 of the 2017 Dialog Champions League.
Five matches were postponed for the week due to heavy rain and water-logged pitches which included – Moragasmulla SC v Saunders SC, Java Lane SC v Solid SC, Air Force SC v Blue Star SC, Super Sun SC v Pelicans SC & Renown SC v Navy SC.
New Youngs hosted Army SC where the soldiers who are having an indifferent start to the season dropped points once again as the match ended 0-0 with New Youngs FC strengthening their place in 3rd.
Crystal Palace FC v Police SC match at the Jayathilake Stadium was abandoned at half time due to heavy rain, at which time the scores read 0-0.
Colombo FC v Up Country Lions
Colombo FC defeated Up Country Lions 3-0 at the Jayathilake Stadium in Nawalapitiya.
Colombo FC were coming off a morale boosting 7-1 win in midweek against Police SC after suffering an unexpected 2-0 loss to Super Sun SC the previous week.
Momas Yapo opened the scoring for the visitors with a wonderfully taken free-kick but had to with-stand waves of attacks from the hosts for the majority of the first half. Goalkeeper Kaveesh Fernando was instrumental in keeping the lead for Colombo FC.
Half Time – Up Country Lions 0 – 1 Colombo FC
Colombo FC shifted to a five-man defense for the 2nd half to stop the attacks which worked. They went onto add a further two goals to finish the match.
Mohamed Fazal curled in an exquisite free-kick in the 54th minute while left-back Chalana Chameera finished off a flowing move in the 68th minute.
Full Time – Up Country Lions 0 – 3 Colombo FC
Colombo FC – Momas Yapo 28’, Mohamed Fazal 54’, Chalana Chameera 68’
Up Country Lions SC – M.Gepoase 27’
Colombo FC – Kaveesh Fernando 24’
Matara City v Negombo Youth SC
Matara cruised to an easy 3-1 win against Negombo Youth, who are languishing in the bottom two of the points table, at the newly built Kotavila Stadium, Matara.
Neither side was able to score in the first half though Matara City had the upper hand.
Half Time – Matara City 0 – 0 Negombo Youth SC
Within minutes of the start of the 2nd half Matara City got on the score sheet with Nuwan Shashikapriya scoring. Brayan Weerappuli made it 2-0 in the 68th minute and B.Prince scored the 3rd three minutes later.
Dilip Peiris scored a consolation goal for the visitors in the final minute of the match.
Full Time – Matara City 3 – 1 Negombo Youth SC
Matara City – Nuwan Shashikapriya 52’, Brayan Weerappuli 68’, B.Prince 71’
Negombo Youth – Dilip Peiris 90’
Negombo Youth – W.T.Dhammika, Rajarathnam Minon, Kamal Silva