Java Lane SC staged an inspired 2nd half performance to defeat Super Sun SC 3-1 to register their first win in the Dialog Champions League 2018, in a week 8 encounter at Kew Points Road – City Football Complex.
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Java Lane was languishing in 18th and last place in the points table with one-point from six games while mid-table Super Sun had 8-points from their six matches.
Super Sun started off brightly, with a well-worked free-kick move on the edge of the box. Afis Olayemi found Oluwatosin Daniel inside the penalty-box but his effort was blocked away.
Super Sun’s Mohamed Fasan went on a messi-esque mazy run into the box but Ashfaq Ayub rushed onto block his effort from close range.
A ball over the top had the Java Lane defence scrambling as Olayemi ran through on goal, with Ayub rushing on, he tried to lob it over but the goalkeeper got a hand to it and the rebound header was blocked.
A sweeping move saw Olayemi find Fasan on the right but Mohamed Afsal could only shoot inches wide from the resulting cross. Afsal had another open header from in front of the goal flicked wide.
Against the run of play Java Lane had the best chance when Naveen Jude was sent one on one with goalkeeper Mohamed Mubashir but, Naveen’s tame effort was parried away for a corner.
However, Super Sun were rewarded for their constant pressure when Fasan was fouled trying to get a header for a cross. Referee Dilan pointed to the spot and Olayemi rolled the ball into the goal to give the visitors the lead.
In a rare moment for Java Lane, Malaka Perera was given a free run to the edge of the box where his pile-driver of a shot was punched away for a corner by Mubashir.
Half time – Java Lane SC 0 – 1 Super Sun SC
Java Lane came from the break a different team, equalizing just two minutes into the 2nd half. Mohamed Abdullah delivered a wonderful corner where Malaka Perera rose the highest, whose header crashed off the inside of the upright and into the goal.
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The hosts started to dictate terms. Naveen Jude had a flicked near-post header going inches over the crossbar and the Super Sun defence cleared a Rizkhan free-kick after Mubashir failed to get on the end of it.
Thereafter, a hopeful looping ball into the box found an open Rizkhan who could only head it onto the ground and away from the goal.
Mohamed Aleem finally gave Java Lane the lead when Naveen Jude cut-back from the byline, off a counter-attack, found him just outside the penalty box. Aleem made himself some space to thunder home the goal into the top corner with Mubashir struggling to get back.
Naveen was not able to make a ball over the defence count and Rizkhan fired well off target from a fruitful 3 on 1 counter attack as chances came thick and fast for the Slave Island boys.
With Super Sun pushing men forward for an equalizer, it left space at the back with another counter giving the hosts the third goal. Rizkhan fed Malaka into the box and his powerful shot beat the goalkeeper at his near post.
Malaka had the opportunity to score his third but his effort after beating the onrushing goalkeeper went whiskers past the near post. Naveen almost put the icing on the cake when a free-kick from range found him inside the box, whose clinical scissors-kick needed a brilliant save from Mubashir.
Full time – Java Lane SC 3 – 1 Super Sun SC
ThePapare.com Player of the Match – Malaka Perera (Java Lane SC)
Java Lane SC – Malaka Perera 47’ & 88’, Mohamed Aleem 72’
Super Sun SC – Afis Olayemi 34’(P)