After a lapse of nearly four decades two teams from Northern Province have made their entry to the quarter-finals in the FA Cup Tournament, organized by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL). The teams to enter this round are Singing Fish SC from Jaffna and St. Joseph’s SC Mannar.
Singing Fish SC defeated up and coming New Star SC 4-2 in a tie breaker after the game ended in a two all draw.
The Singing Fish SC will now take Matara City Football Club in the pre-quarter final.
Mannar Josephians upset CTB in Colombo
St. Joseph’s SC Mannar is the other team to enter the pre-quarter finals when they defeated CTB 3-2. CTB were considered favourites to win this game.
Josephians led 2-1 at half time
Blue Star through to pre-quarters
Last year’s Cargills FA Cup runners-up Blue Star SC, scraped through to the pre quarter finals beating Pelicans SC from Kurunegala 2-1.
Kalutara fnas were stunned when the Kurunegala boys struck the first goal in the 27th minute through the boot of Ekanayake. The home team fought a grim battle from there onwards to find the equalizer by their Nigerian Y. Richard with a few minutes left for lemons 1-1.
The second session saw both teams fight again to get the most wanted goal which went for almost 44 minutes. The final minute saw Young Rifkan break the deadlock to bring Blue Star SC victory which also put them to the next round. They will now play Police.
Solid SC win on a tie breaker
The Dialog League Champions 2014, Solid Sports Club Anuradhapura had to face stiff opposition from lowly placed Mawanella United SC before winning on a tie breaker 4-2.
The new comners to the Cargills FA Cup Mawanella SC defended their territory well to halt the strong set of strikers from scoring.
Though defending solidly they failed to capitalize from it as the strikers could not find the right target. This resulted in the game ending in nil-all and the referee introduced the tie breaker system where Solid SC got the better of Mawanella United to go forward to the pre quarters.
Two walk overs
Army, the winners of the FA Cup last year, and Java Lane SC received walk-overs from Crystal Palace and New Youngs SC respectively to enter the pre-quarters finals.