Premier League Soccer:
Kalutara Park SC enters final
In a keenly contested game Kalutara Park Sports Club defeated Kandy
York Sports Club one goal to nil in the first semi final of the Premier
League on Saturday at Kalutara. The Park SC will now meet the winners of
the next semi final between Java Lane SC and Pelicans SC which is
scheduled to be played in Kurunegala this Sunday.
Both teams had good scoring opportunities but their forwards lacked
the direction to convert them into goals and the first session ended
with a blank score sheet.
In the first half both teams played a defensive game without taking
any risky chances as they hope to get promoted to Champions League next
season by entering the final which is a dream of any football club in
It was a challenge for Kandy York who knew the importance to be the
first team to get into the Elite group from the football crazy Kandy and
they were played a well planned game.
They certainly had 2 scoring chances in the first 20 minutes were the
turning point as the Kalutara scored at the first opportunity they got
to take the lead through Nimantha Lakmal. The Kandy York veteran M. Riza
who is the most senior player in Premier League played a superb role and
fed the forwards with many floaters but their usually dependable header
Sagara and ace striker Chaminda Rodrigo failed to find the net.
Kalutara Fielding a very young outfit, playing in front of thousands
of their home town fans too played a good game and their goal keeper
Sujan Perera was at his best and saved many certain goals and surely was
the man of the match for Kalutara Park SC. Attacking midfielder Roshan
Malinga and Charindu Sampath too played a good game for Kalutara Park