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New Young force 4-all draw against Red Star

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Sri Lanka Super League Championship
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Kalum Sanjaya of New Young who scored a hat-trick of goals, dribbles the ball ahead is challenged by a Red Star player.

A gallant performance in the second half by New Young enabled them to force a 4-all draw against Red Star in their soccer fixture played in the ‘Super League’ Tournament at Race Course grounds yesterday.

After reeling 4-1 at the breather, the lads from Wennapuwa put up a splendid performance to bounce back and deprive a certain win in favour of their rival, who were cruising along rather comfortably. The cynosure of all eyes was Kalum Sanjaya of New Young, who scored a hat-trick to save them from certain defeat.

Earlier, from the start, it was total dominance by the Beruwala lads, who had firm control over the game. They never allowed their opponents to find inroads by executing a solid defensive approach. Eventually, the tournament’s highest goal-scorer, Mohamed Rahuman, once again proved his superiority by being instrumental in scoring another goal during the extra time of the first half, which brought his goal tally to six. The other three goals for Red Star were scored by Dananjaya Wijesinghe, Ismail Abumere, and Mohamed Rihard before lemons, while Kalum Sanjaya booted the solitary goal for New Young to go 4-1 at the short whistle.

After the turnaround, New Young changed gears and adopted an offensive approach. They kept the pressure on their rivals using their strikers to initiate teasing moves. After some anxious moments, Kalum Sanjaya scored twice and Nikila Pakhan Fernando scored one.

Nixon Robesh refereed.

Blue Star tame Up Country Lions 2-1

Meanwhile, in the second game Blue Star came out with a splendid performance to edge out Up Country Lions by 2 goals to 1 in their match played under lights.

Full credit should go to the Blue Star lads who came into this game as underdogs, but were well geared up to the task with a well-planned strategy. Their main strength was their defense line, which stood very firm by laying a strong wall. They never allowed the rival strikers, who had in their ranks the likes of Waseem Razeek, to move freely and control the ball at will.

Just two minutes away from the first half, an Up Country player was penalised for rough play on the left flank just outside the box, which resulted in referee M. Irshan offering a free kick. Arepade Jerry Ombembe fired in a left footed kick which deflected off an Up Country player into the net, with goalie Sujan Perera completely unseen. The teams went into the breather with a 1-0 scoreline.

On resumption, in the 49th minute Up County Lions almost got the equalizer, but Mohamed Mushtaq’s 15 metre kick rebounded from the upright. Four minutes later, Blue Star bounced back with a spectacular solo effort by Shenal Sandesh Pingho, who covered 60 metres through the rival defense and unleashed a left footed kick to increase their lead to 2-0.

In the 69th minute a Blue Star player was penalized for dangerous play in their box area, and referee offered a penalty, and skipper Sujan made no mistake with the kick to reduce the gap 2-1.

The game continued to be played at a tremendous pace, but there was no change in the score line at the final whistle, as Blue Star notched up a spectacular win while their rivals tasted their second defeat in a row.

Monday, December 13, 2021 – 01:00











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