Relegation threatened Negombo Youth stormed their way out of trouble in a commanding 4-0 win against Crystal Palace, whose Super 8 hopes faded away at the Jayathilake Stadium in Nawalapitiya in the Dialog Champions League group A encounter.
Rain accompanied the match start and it was slow play for the first 15 minutes of the game due to the slippery ground conditions.
Crystal Palace forwards Anjana Wickramasinghe, Isaac Aba and Negombo Youth’s Bright Acooty missed chances after being deemed off-side by the linesman.
In the 23rd minute Anjana got a long range effort to the posts from outside the box and visitors goalkeeper Vimukthi Maduwantha saved it with a clearance punch.
In the 33rd minute Crystal Palace defender Charitha Rathnayaka awarded a yellow card for a dangerous foul on visitors’ Priyankara Silva for which they received a free kick.
Priyankara got it perfectly placed in to the penalty box and Harindra Peiris headed it to the net and scored the opener for Negombo Youth.
In the 43rd minute Negombo Youth was awarded another free kick and it was a repeat of previous one, again Priyankara got it and this time Abdul Mumuni scored it with a header as the first half ended with Negambo Youth leading 2-0.
Half Time – Crystal Palace 0 – Negombo Youth 2
Rain came down with the start of the 2nd half as Anjana played a one man show for Crystal Palace and tried to score but was unable to do so as he got not much support from his teammates.
After the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half Crystal Palace defenders also came to attack and Harindra got advantage from it and scored his 2nd for Negombo Youth in the 79th minute and extended the lead to 3-0.
Mohamed Nuslan added salt into the wounds of Crystal Palace with a 92nd minute goal as the visitors climbed themselves out of relegation battle.
Full Time – Crystal Palace 0 – 4 Negombo Youth
ThePapare.com Player of the Match – Harindra Peiris (Negombo Youth)
Harindra Peiris (35′ &79′), Abdul Mumuni 44′, Mohamed Nuslan 92
Crystal Palace – Charitha Rathnayake
Negombo Youth – Eschin Acootey, Mohamed Nuslan