Lions, Negombo, Blue Star, Crystal Palace & Police deep in relegation

Dialog Champions League week 14

Navy SC and New Youngs FC failed to break the deadlock in a dire Dialog Champions League week 14 match at the Navy Grounds, Welisara.

In an uneventful first half both teams had equal possession in the opening 45 minutes, yet every time Navy SC tried to go on the attack, due to poor passing and ball retention it was quickly won back by the New Youngs.

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New Youngs get a few good crosses into the opposition box but were unable to find a target at the end of them. The poor ground conditions came into play on a few occasions as many players ended up stumbling and slipping.

Half time – Navy SC 0 – 0 New Youngs FC

The second half once again did not provide much action. However, the best chance came around the hour mark with New Youngs’ Hasitha Priyankara getting a good cross into the box but it ended up being blasted over the bar by the forward.

Nirmal Wijethunga, who did not have a good game and lost the ball on a few occasions much to the displeasure of his coach, was replaced by Maduranga Perera. Navy SC were more attacking than in the first half but New Youngs’ defenders held strong and managed to clear the danger when it came.

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In stoppage time, New Youngs once again got a golden opportunity to break the deadlock and snatch a dramatic late winner but the forward hit the crossbar before the ball was cleared away by defenders.

Full time – Navy SC 0 – 0 New Youngs FC Player of the Match – Amadi Stonky Onyekachi (New Youngs FC)

Matara City v Crystal Palace FC

Matara City thumped Crystal Palace 4-0 in the 2017 Dialog Champions League week 14 encounter at the Matara Football Complex.

The loss meant Crystal Palace fell deeper into the relegation battle, three places from the bottom on 12 points, while Matara City continued their impressive rise after a miserable 2016, now in 6th place with 23 points.

Brayan Weerappuli opened the scoring in the 12th minute and B.Prince added another two before half time.

Half time – Matara City 3 – 0 Crystal Palace FC

Prince completed his hat-trick soon after half time as the hosts raced to a dominant victory.

Full time – Matara City 4 – 0 Crystal Palace FC

Goal Scorers

Matara City – Brayan Weerappuli 12’, B.Prince 35’, 40’ & 53’  

Pelicans SC v Up Country Lions SC

Amartey Emma scored a last-minute winner as relegation threatened Up Country Lions secured a thrilling 4-3 win against Pelicans SC at the Weegulawaththa Grounds, Gampola.

However, Lions who started the match in the bottom two still finds themselves in the same position as the results elsewhere did not go their way.

Emma scored inside the first ten minutes for the Lions before quick goals from J.Kowfie and P.M.S.Priyankara saw the hosts go into half time with a 2-1 lead.

Half time – Pelicans SC 2 – 1 Up Country Lions SC

Amith Kumara scored an own goal and Emma re-took the lead for the Lions in the 77th minute, setting up an intense final 15-minutes. Kwofie once again equalized with 5 minutes remaining but Emma’s winner in the 90th minute set about wild celebrations.

Full time – Pelicans SC 3 – 4 Up Country Lions SC

Goal Scorers
Pelicans SC – J.Kwofie 17’ & 85’, P.M.S.Priyankara 22’
Up Country Lions – Amartey Emma 8’, 77’ & 90’, Amith Kumara (own goal) 60’

Yellow cards
Up Country Lions – M.Gepoase

Moragasmulla SC v Police SC

Moragasmulla & Police battling in the bottom half of the table earned a point each after an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Janaka Ranawaka Stadium, Moragasmulla.

The results do not help Moragasmulla’s woes as they still find themselves bottom of the table in 18th place, 5 points behind the Lions in 17th place.    

H.G.Priyawansa scored in the 6th minute but Nuwan Priyankara equalized for Police minutes later. Chathura Gunarathna gave Police the lead on the stroke of half time (45+2). After half time, Dilan Madushanka equalized for the hosts in the 75th minute.

Romesh Priyankara, Ranidu Rukshan and Chamara Gunasekara got yellow cards for Moragasmulla SC.

Blue Star SC v Negombo Youth

Negombo Youth defeated Blue Star SC 1-0 at the Vernon Fernando Stadium, Kaluthara.

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The winner from Priyankara Silva in the 67th minute meant that the lads from Negombo, earned a vital three points in the relegation battle while Blue Star got sucked into the 7-team relegation scrap. Abhu John from Blue Star got a yellow card.

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Solid SC v Army SC

Solid SC and Army SC played out a 1-1 draw at the Public Grounds, Anuradhapura.

Neither side could score in the first half and it was the skipper Gnanaruban Vinoth who broke the deadlock for Solid in the 57th minute and Asikur Rahuman equalized in the 76th minute.

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