Red Star march on; Highlanders thump Dharga Town while Young Marians register win

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The Division I Championship group stage is winding down towards its end with teams scrambling to qualify for the knockout stages.

 

Group A

One of the talking points of this year’s Division I Championship is Red Star; who are cruising along with four wins out of four. Furthermore they have scored 20 goals with an average of five goals per match and have kept clean sheets in all their matches.

Red Star hailing from Kalutara is coached by one of Kalutara’s favourite sons and Blue Star skipper Mohomed Ramees. They faced, what was billed as their toughest test so far in Cooray SC last week and walked away with a comfortable 3-0 win.

New Star; last year’s FA Cup pre-quarter finalists pummeled the struggling Maligawatte Youth 5-1. Maligawatte Youth are bottom of the table with no points having conceded 14 goals and only scored one. New Star would be fighting with Cooray SC for the second place finish in the group. Having already lost to Cooray it will be a tough ask as one of their final matches include Red Star, with Cooray SC’s final match against Maligawatte Youth.

Old Bens earned a hard fought 2-1 win over Badovita United during the week even though they were down to 10 men.

Group A

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

GF

GA

GD

Points

Red Star SC

4

4

0

0

20

0

20

12

Cooray SC

5

3

1

1

8

4

4

10

Old Bens SC

4

2

0

2

5

9

-4

6

New Star SC

3

2

0

1

7

3

4

6

Badovita United

3

1

0

2

6

3

3

3

Colpetty United SC  

4

0

1

3

2

15

-13

1

Maligawatte YSC

3

0

0

3

1

15

-14

0

 

Group B

Group B is still open with Golden Star having the advantage of winning two out two matches and leading the group. Hatton Renown is also level on points but has played two games more.

Young Marian’s made a comeback winning 2-0 against Renown after having lost and drawn their previous games. Marian’s new signing William Gauche scored his first goal for the club in that match. Renown also defeated Hy Line 2-1 in a close encounter

Eastern Youth, Red Sun, Hy Line and Comrades also have the opportunity to make it to the knockout stage as they have only played fewer amount of matches compared to the top of the table.

Group B

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

GF

GA

GD

Points

Golden Star SC

2

2

0

0

6

2

4

6

Renown SC

4

2

0

2

7

7

0

6

Young Marians SC

3

1

1

1

2

3

-1

4

Eastern Youth SC

2

1

0

1

5

5

0

3

Red Sun SC

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

Hy Line SC

1

0

0

1

1

2

-1

0

Comrades SC

1

0

0

1

1

3

-2

0

 

Group C

Highlanders SC registered their first win of this year’s tournament thumping Dharga Town 5-0. This was a much needed win for the Sabaragamuwa based side after having drawn all three previous matches.

Last year’s FA Cup Quarter finalists SLTB sits on top having a better goal difference but Moragasmulla is hot on their tail with a game in hand.

Group C

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

GF

GA

GD

Points

SLTB SC

4

2

1

1

6

2

4

7

Moragasmulla SC

3

2

1

0

7

5

2

7

High Landers SC

4

1

3

0

8

3

5

6

Keteriyans SC

2

1

1

0

3

2

1

4

Dharga Town Utd

3

0

1

2

2

10

-8

1

Super Beach SC  

2

0

1

1

2

3

-1

1

Green Field SC

2

0

0

2

3

6

-3

0

 

Group D

Relegated from the Champions League Thihariya Youth got their bid to earn the promotion back again with a win against Jupiters SC. For Thihariya Youth African player Uchi scored a hat-trick with goals coming from in the 57th, 70th and 85th minutes.

Old Mazenodians also got three points which lifted them upto second place in the group with a 2-0 win over Division II champions Maroons SC. Both goals came in the second half with the first an own goal and the second from Hashan Sameera.

Group D

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

GF

GA

GD

Points

Thihariya YSC

4

2

2

0

6

2

4

8

Old Mazenodians SC

3

2

1

0

4

1

3

7

Serendib SC

3

1

1

1

2

1

1

4

Kandy York SC

2

1

0

1

2

3

-1

3

Jet Liners SC

2

0

2

0

1

1

0

2

Jupiter SC

3

0

1

2

0

4

-4

1

Maroons SC

3

0

1

2

3

6

-3

1