Matara City win Champions League


Matara City were crowned Champions League winners after holding Java Lane to a 1-all draw in a thriller played under lights at the Race Course Stadium on Thursday (15).

Matara city topped the table with 32 points from 13 matches, while Java Lane was placed second with 28 points.

With dangerous scoring opportunities as rare as a dodo bird, 90+3 minutes of soccer saw both teams play out a 1-1 draw on a gorgeous evening in Colombo.

Both halves in regulation followed a similar script, as both sides exchanged possession without putting together any real chances for the first 20 minutes.

Java Lane was the first team to break the deadlock when Oluwaseeun Olawale opened the scoring in the 34th minute. A brilliant through ball found the experienced striker, who easily tapped in to take the lead at the first half whistle. Heading into the second half with a one goal lead, Java Lane looked to keep control by maintaining possession of the ball, in a match where both teams played a clean game of football while making maximum use of the given opportunities.

On the other hand, Matara City defence played a sloppy game in the early exchanges, where they allowed the boys from Colombo easy access to control the ball and play freely with back-to-back counter attacks, but luckily none of them were converted into goals.

After a ding dong battle, Matara City finally found their rhythm, and their most productive spell came in the last 20 minutes of the game when Rehan Weerappuli equalized through a stunner to shell shock the opposition camp and make it 1-1 at the final whistle.

Special Awards:

Best Goal Keeper – Rusiru Dilshan (Matara City)

Best Player – Boadu Prince (Matara City)

Top Goal Scorer – Evans Asante (Serendib SC)

Fair Play – Crystal Palace FC