The 2016/17 FA Cup will be left with only eight clubs after this weekend, which has a few exciting, pre-quarter final clashes.

Super Sun SC 1 – 0 St.Mary’s SC (26th April at Vernon Fernando Stadium 3.30pm)

This game was the only mid-week encounter of the After a brave fight till the final whistle, St.Mary’s SC had to bow out from the competition with their heads held high.

Super Sun survives St.Mary’s pressure to enter quarters

In a mouthwatering FA Cup ‘Round of 16’ match at the Vernon Fernando Stadium, Kalutara Super Sun SC…

St.Mary’s SC was one of the two clubs from Jaffna to make it to the final 16 clubs out of the 600 plus that started the competition.

Road to the Pre-Quarters

St.Mary’s SC
1st Round – League Champions (Jaffna)
2nd Round – bye
3rd Round (64) – Liverpool SC 3 – 4 St.Mary’s SC
4th Round (32) – St.Mary’s 12 – 0 Wimbledon SC

Super Sun SC
3rd Round (64) – Olympic SC 3 – 0 Super Sun SC
4th Round (32) – Super Sun SC 2 – 1 Serendib SC

Navy SC v Army SC (29th April at Navy Grounds, Welisara 3.30pm)

After an administration oversight cost them the three points against Renown SC and eventually the Dialog Champions League just over a month ago, Army SC will be hell bent on going all the way to retain the FA Cup.

Army will be favourites against Navy, who looked out of sorts in the Champions League. The last time they met was in the Champions League Super 8 where Army won 3-2 after Navy’s late surge fell short.

Army has been in ruthless form scoring 20 past a hapless Easwaran SC side in the round of 32 while Navy SC had to dig deep in securing a 1-0 win against St.Nicholas’ SC up in Jaffna.

Negombo Youth & Army maul Jet Liners & Easwaran

In lopsided FA Cup Round of 32 encounters, Negombo Youth and Army SC defeated Jet Liners and Easwaran SC…

Road to the Pre-Quarters

Navy SC
3rd Round (64) – Navy SC 2 – 0 Cooray SC
4th Round (32) – St.Nicholas’ SC 0 – 1 Navy SC

Army SC
3rd Round (64) – Maya SC 0 – 3 Army SC (walkover)
4th Round (32) – Easwaran SC 0 – 20 Army SC

Renown SC v Brilliant SC (29th April at Kelaniya Football Complex 3.30pm)

Champions League and last year’s FA Cup runners-up Renown SC will be quietly confident of making their way into the final 8. They will have to pass the tricky Brilliant SC test.

2nd half Renown progress amidst crowd trouble

After a lackluster 1st half Renown SC produced three unanswered goals in the 2nd half to win 4-1 against…

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Brilliant SC from Ampara surprised Premier League Division I semifinalist Red Star SC in the round of 32 but Renown will be a far more difficult opposition.

Road to the Pre-Quarters

Renown SC
3rd Round (64) – Renown SC 3 – 0 Young Birds SC (Mulativu) (walkover)
4th Round (32) – Golden Rise SC 1 – 4 Renown SC

Brilliant SC
3rd Round (64) – Maya SC 0 – 3 Army SC (walkover)
4th Round (32) – Easwaran SC 0 – 20 Army SC

Saunders SC v Negombo Youth SC (30th April at Kelaniya Football Complex 3.30pm)

One of the two matches where Champions League clubs meet each other and both teams are in excellent goal scoring form.

Both Saunders and Negombo Youth have scored 15 goals in their last two games and could prove to be a high scoring encounter.

Saunders demolish Up Country Lions

In a goal fiesta, Saunders SC went on to defeat Upcountry Lions SC 6-1 in the Cargils FA CUP2017 Round 32 at Kelaniya Football Complex…

Road to the Pre-Quarters

Saunders SC
3rd Round (64) – Rathnapura Municipal Council 9 – 0 Saunders SC
4th Round (32) – Saunders SC 6 – 1 Up Country Lions SC

Negombo Youth SC
3rd Round (64) – Negombo Youth SC 9 – 0 Green Light SC (Trincomalee FL)
4th Round (32) – Jet Liners SC 0 – 6 Negombo Youth SC

Pelicans SC v Colombo FC (30th April at Maliyadeva College, Grounds 3.30pm)

Tricky test for the 2015 FA Cup Champions against the newly promoted Premier League Division I runners-up Pelicans SC.

Colombo FC survive the SLTB test

After a lackluster first half Colombo FC recovered to win 2-0 against ten man SLTB SC in an FA Cup round of 64 encounter marred by a few questionable decisions…

Lack of match practice will be a worry for both sides, especially for Colombo FC, who like all other Champions League sides has to play without their foreign players.

Road to the Pre-Quarters

Pelicans SC
3rd Round (64) – Pelicans SC 3 – 0 Philip Gunawardena SC (Seethawaka) (walkover)
4th Round (32) – Comrades SC 2(1) – 2(4) Pelicans SC

Colombo FC
3rd Round (64) – Colombo FC 2 – 0 SLTB SC
4th Round (32) – Colombo FC 3 – 0 Young Birds SC (N’Eliya) (walkover)

Java Lane SC v Crystal Palace FC (30th April at City Football Complex 3.30pm)

The match of the pre-quarter finals against two evenly matched teams.

Java Lane after being demoted from the Champions League has found a new lease of life playing well in the recently concluded City FL President Cup (runners-up) and also in earlier rounds of the FA Cup.

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Crystal Palace FC are coming off a hard fought win against fellow Champions League side New Youngs FC.

Crystal Palace overcomes rain and penalties to defeat New Youngs

Crystal Palace FC defeated New Youngs FC 3-2 on penalties after it ended 1-1 at full time in the 4th round…

Road to the Pre-Quarters

Java Lane SC
3rd Round (64) – Java Lane SC 2 – 0 Prison SC
4th Round (32) – Kirulapone United 1 – 5 Java Lane SC

Crystal Palace FC
3rd Round (64) – Nawagampura SC 1 – 3 Crystal Palace FC
4th Round (32) – Crystal Palace FC 1(3) – 1(2) New Youngs FC

Air Force SC v Matara City (30th April at Navy Grounds, Welisara 3.30pm)

Air Force will need to be more clinical against Matara City if they are going to make it to the quarter finals. They were taken to penalties by Civil Security SC in the round of 32, where Ruwan Arunasiri heroics lifted them to the last 16.

Air Force prevails on penalties to progress

Air Force SC booked their place in the round of 16 by defeating Civil Security 4-3 on penalties…

Matara City will know defending in numbers will frustrate Air Force, which was evident against Civil Security SC but will need to make use of their chances on the other end.

Road to the Pre-Quarters

Air Force SC
3rd Round (64) – Air Force SC 13 – 0 Reliance SC
4th Round (32) – Civil Security SC 1(3) – 1(4) Air Force SC

Matara City
3rd Round (64) – St.Xavier’s SC 0 – 3 Matara City (walkover)
4th Round (32) – Matara City 3 – 1 New Star SC

Singing Fish SC v Blue Star SC (1st May at Duraiappa Stadium 3.30pm)

It will be a big test for the resource less Blue Star SC side who are travelling to the north without a few key players. Their performances in the earlier matches against minor oppositions won’t give them much confidence either. The youngs guns need to come to the Blue Star rescue.

Blue Star huff n’ puff; refereeing takes the spotlight

Blue Star SC in a performance to forget managed to labour past Leo SC 3-0 in a 4th round FA Cup at the Vernon Fernando Stadium, Kalutara…

Singing Fish will be confident of making a big upset and re-write history as the first team from Jaffna to make it to the FA Cup quarter finals, which St.Mary’s failed to do against Super Sun. Backed up by their thousands of vociferous fans and their impressive performances Singing Fish SC will certainly count themselves as favourites.

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Road to the Pre-Quarters

Singing Fish SC
3rd Round (64) – Singing Fish SC 3 – 0 Jupiters SC
4th Round (32) – Police SC 0(1) – 0(4) Singing Fish SC

Blue Star SC
3rd Round (64) – Renown SC (Hatton) 0 – 3 Blue Star SC
4th Round (32) – Blue Star 3 – 0 Leo SC