Warren Mellie’s solitary goal for Seychelles sealed a deserved 1-0 win against Sri Lanka in the 4th match of the Four Nations – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy at the Racecourse International Stadium.
Sri Lanka were coming off a morale boosting 4-4 draw after being down 4-0 against Maldives, while Seychelles too scored a late goal to draw 1-1 against Bangladesh in their game.
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Sri Lanka got off to a lively start but it was Seychelles who got the early opportunity in the 15th minute after Asikur Rahuman gave away a penalty for a handball. However, Benoit Marie struck it wide much to the jubilation of the home fans.
Skipper Sujan Perera denied The Pirates with two acrobatic saves while another bounced off the crossbar and into safety.
Half Time – Seychelles 0 – 0 Sri Lanka
The game looked rather lethargic from Sri Lanka even though they had much of the possession, while the visitors looked to go on the counter-attack.
68th minute saw Seychelles taking the lead through Warren Mellie who headed in from a Henry Ravignia corner with Perera in no-man’s land. Sri Lanka made a string of changes in search of an equalizer and a possible winner but it never came as Seychelles broke out into a dance at the final whistle.
Full Time – Seychelles 1 – 0 Sri Lanka
Seychelles – Warren Mellie 68’