Western Province crushed Uva Province while Southern Province needed a late goal to defeat Central Province in matchweek 5 of the Ceylon Provincial League 2022, played for the Independence Trophy.
WESTERN v UVA
Naveen Jude scored a hat-trick as Western Province defeated a depleted Uva Province 4-0 at the Bogambara Stadium in Kandy.
Naveen opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he got on the end of a delightful through ball from Aman Faizer, and slotted it past the on-rushing goalkeeper Mohamed Riflan.
Naveen doubled the lead two minutes into first half injury time, when he was once again set free from a through ball and scored past Riflan.
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Four minutes into the 2nd half, Naveen had his third, expertly heading in a Shehan Liyanapathirana cross. The 64th minute saw Shishan Prabudda make it 4-0, a thunderous screamer from 25-yards out leaving Riflan with no chance of getting to it.
CENTRAL v SOUTHERN
Southern Province needed a goal deep into injury time to defeat Central Province 1-0 at the Jayathilake Stadium in Nawalapitiya.
Both teams looked scrappy in the first half, while Southern had a goal disallowed for off-side. It needed the last kick of the game in the 90+3rd minute for Southern to find the winner through A.D.C. Madthupriya.