Matara City edge high riding Crystal Palace
Matara City defeated Crystal Palace 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 at full time at the Uyanwaththa Stadium, Matara.
Crystal Palace, who finished 5th last year in the Dialog Champions League, were favourites coming into the match against Matara City, who struggled in the same competition, and barely survived from being relegated.
However it was Matara City who scored first in the 21st minute through D.B.Weerappuli but Dammika Ekanayake managed to equalize 15 minutes later, as they went into half time 1-1.
Crystal Palace even without their midfield lynchpin, Jean Francois managed to create the pressure but both sides finally had to settle the match through penalties.
It was Matara City who held their nerve in the shootout with D.P.Devanarayana, M.G. Dinesh, G.N.Ranasinghe and Weerappuli scoring and for the visitors only Khalid Azmil and Isaac Aba managed to find the net, as Matara City won 4-2 on penalties.