A superb team effort guided Blue Star to notch up a spectacular win by 3 goals to 2 against Blue Eagles to clinch the inaugural ‘Super League’ Soccer Championship played at Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday.
After being 2-all at the breather, a stunning performance in the second half saw Blue Star ending their 18-year drought of winning a major tournament, which they achieved way back in 2004, with a scintillating performance. The team from Kalutara well deserved this achievement as they played a brilliant game of football, dribbling the round ball from the outset of this tournament.
The writing was on the wall for the winners who overcame several tough competitors in the fray before they reached this milestone. Comprising of a young brigade, they produced some quality players including Shenal Sandesh Pingho the highest individual goal scorer of the tournament with nine goals, who became the cynosure of all eyes. Shenal led his team from the front occupying the key position of striker which influenced them immensely in their success story.
Blue Star surged into the game by launching the initial scoring in the 11th minute of the game through Mohamed Fazal. After obliging a quick pass from a teammate in the rival goal area, Fazal booted the ball quite intelligently bisecting the goalkeeper. This goal set the pace of the game as both sides fought hard to score further. Three minutes later Mohamed Arshadh of Blue Star scored another spectacular goal to put them in the lead, and he eventually was booked with a yellow card for his poor conduct in the field, and later was sent off with a red card for rough play.
In the very next minute, Blue Eagles Lasith Fernando was very sharp in offensive play as he chipped in a ball over the rival goalkeeper after receiving a pass from midfield.
The winners kept the momentum going and executed pressure on the rival defense. Subsequently, due to a silly mistake in the defense line, W.N. Malshan equalized with a goal in the 39th minute for Blue Eagles to go to the breather with a 2-all score.
After the short whistle, it was a tough battle for supremacy, as both sides made several teasing moves in search of their third and winning goal. Mohamed Ihsan scored the winning goal for Blue Star to place the final nail in the coffin and give his team a remarkable victory and clinch this prestigious Championship.
Meanwhile, in the other game at Race Course Stadium, Sea-Hawks edged out Colombo FC by 3 goals to 2 in a closely contested game. Skipper Subash Madushan, Mohamed Hasmeer and Avishka Kavindu scored for winners while Mohamed Aakib and skipper Momas Yapo booted the goals for losers. Football Sri Lanka will hold an award ceremony and crown the Super League champions on the 18 of this month. The venue for this will be notified later.