Up Country dominate Defenders to resume Super League in style

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 30 2021

Up Country Lions dominated Defenders FC to register a comfortable 2-0 win at the Sugathadasa Stadium when the Super League resumed yesterday.

The encounter was finally played behind closed doors after several postponements due to COVID-19. The resumption saw players from both sides playing attacking football from the get go to try and take an early lead.

Up Country Lions were without their star striker Kavindu Ishan due to an ACL injury which he picked up during the recently concluded Four Nation tournament. However, that did not bother the lads, and they drew first blood in the 27th minute when they were gifted an own goal when Defenders skipper Jesuraj Bernard headed a free kick into his own net whil e attempting to clear the ball.

After the early goal, Up Country Lions went into defensive mode, where their main intention was to fend off attacks from the Defenders to maintain their lead.

At the halfway mark a couple of chances went abegging at both ends and the game was slowed down with neither team able to concoct any goal scoring opportunities. The first half ended 1-0 in favour of Up Country lads.

Up Country Lions showed their undoubted quality with a ruthless display after the break when they stepped in with all guns blazing in an attempt to double their lead, and met with success in the 86th minute when young Khalid Asmil headed a corner kick to the back of the net to take his team over the line quite comfortably.

(MS)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 30 2021

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