A spectacular 2-1 win by Blue Star over Up Country Lions was the pick of the matches at the end of fifth-week games at the inaugural ‘Super League’ soccer tournament played at Race Course grounds last week.
The lads from Kalutara who went into this game as the underdogs did well to outsmart the start-studded rival team from Nawalapitiya. Full credit should go to the Blue Star who played to a well-executed plan that ultimately paid dividend to curtail their rivals and notch up a sensational victory. Their backline players (defence) put up a belligerent performance to foil the rival moves which ended up as a major blow for the losers.
With the player’s likes of Waseem Razeek in their ranks who turned out to be the highest goal scorer in the National too was well marked and was deprived of scoring freely. The winners went for a breather with a goal later increased their lead in the second half while the losers goal came through a penalty. This win enabled Blue Star to climb up and to occupy second place in the points table after being slated fourth at the end of last week’s matches. The Up Country Lions who were placed third has been pushed down to fifth place as a result of this loss.
The other significant change in the points table is that Colombo FC moved up to the third place with their 4-0 victory over Ratnam. It was a very dismal performance by the team Ratnam who narrowly escaped heavy defeat. Colombo FC lads slowly but steadily got into the rhythm to control the game throughout where the match can be defined as a ‘one horse race.’ This win would have made a drastic change to increase their morale up for the upcoming matches, which is very crucial for them to remain as one of the contenders for the title. Red Star, last week second-placed team plunged down to the fourth place after their 4-all draw against New Young. Dominating play with a healthy 4-1 lead at the breather, Red Star made several basic errors and lost the grip on the game. Capitalizing on the occasion, New Young bounced back gallantly to save them from defeat but fell short of notching up their second win. They went down to eighth place after being one slot ahead last week.
Meanwhile, Sea-Hawks continued to head the points table after a 2-all draw against Defenders. Yet again they had a 2-0 lead until the short whistle as Defenders did well to bounce back to the game to force a draw.
Renown pulled off their first win (1-0) of the tournament against the Blue Eagles. This enabled them to climb up to the seventh position in the points table.
This week match schedule- 15th Dec.- Defenders vs. Colombo FC at 3.30 p.m.
16th Dec.-New Young vs. Ratnam at 3.30 p.m. & Blue Star vs. Sea Hawks at 7.30 p.m.
17th Dec.- Red Star vs. Renown at 3.30 p.m. & Up Country Lions vs. Blue Eagles at 7.30 p.m.
(All matches will be played at Race Corse grounds)