Substitute Mohamed Safeer scored a late goal as Ratnam SC defeated Java Lane SC 1-0 in a week 6 match of the Dialog Champions League 2018 played at Kew Points Road.
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Coming into the match Java Lane were rock-bottom of the points table with one-point from six matches having conceded 18 goals. Ratnam having secured promotion were in 6th place with 11-points from six games.
It was a mixed first half for both sides where nothing significant happened apart from a Naveen Jude effort which rattled the crossbar. No Java Lane player reacted quickly to take advantage of the resulting rebound.
Half time – Java Lane SC 0 – 0 Ratnam SC
Ratnam had a more fluid 2nd half with better energy levels while the hosts were scrappy unable to build up play from the midfield.
Safeer had a scissors kick go just past the upright after a good passage of play and Mohamed Akil tested Ashfaq Ayub with an effort from range.
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Java Lane had a rare sight on goal when Mohamed Rizkhan sliced a shot wide of the goal, off a Naveen Jude lay-off, who should have initially taken the shot after being in a better position.
Mohamed Musharaf had a weak effort hit the side netting and Coulibaly Abdel just missed the target after a flowing move between Aman Faizer and Safeer. Sasanka Dilhara then forced Ayub into a brilliant finger-tip save, off a free-kick from the edge of the box which was dipping under the crossbar.
With time ticking by, Farood Faiz gave away an unnecessary free-kick near the right corner flag which Ratnam accepted gleefully. Dilhara whipped in the delivery and Safeer volleyed home the rebound from close range, after the initial header was blocked.
Mohamed Rishan earned himself a dismissal after earning two yellow cards in quick succession. Rizkhan had the opportunity to earn a point but, with goalkeeper Mohamed Waseem off his line, he was unable to head it in as Mohamed Nuskan came in between.
Full time – Java Lane SC 0 – 1 Ratnam SC
ThePapare.com Player of the Match – Mohamed Safeer (Ratnam SC)
Ratnam SC – Mohamed Safeer 84’
Java Lane SC – Mohamed Rishan 90’ & 90+3’
Ratnam SC – Eluh Metehan 13’
Java Lane SC – Mohamed Rishan 90+3’