Colombo Football Club is less than ten years after its formation, entered the history books of Sri Lanka soccer when they clinched the Cargills Food City FA Cup in their first appearance in the final of this prestigious tournament. To carry away this Trophy they defeated the two-time finalists Blue Star Sports Club 1-nil at the Sugathadasa Stadium last Saturday.
Colombo FC led by former national player Raumy Mohideen, who also helped his former club Ratnam SC to win the FA Cup five times, was the happiest man on that day as he was able to keep to his promise which he gave to the club at the time of joining. Two days prior to the final he said that his intention was to bag the FA Cup for his club on its first entry to the final in only eight years of the Club’s existence.
Last year’s runners-up Blue Star SC led by Mohamed Rameez failed to achieve victory this time too. Rameez too was eager to take away the trophy to Kalutara but could not match the strong outfit from Slave Island.
The first half was evenly contested by both teams but the first 15 minutes saw the Blue Star SC in full control of the game. During this period they entered their opponent’s territory on many occasions but the strikers could not make good use of the chances to score. Colombo FC at this stage changed their strategy and went on went on the offensive to put pressure on the Kalutara boys.
Both sides failed to break the dead lock and lemons were taken with a blank score sheet.
The second half saw a ding dong battle with either team eager to take the important lead.
However, in the 22nd minute K.A.D. Madhushanka put the ball to the back of the net after collecting a good pass for Colombo FC to take the lead. A capacity crowd at the Stadium blew the roof off when this goal was scored.
In their desperate attempt to find the equalizer coach of Blue Star SC made a few substitutions and made several inroads into the Colombo FC territory but all attempts failed to produce.
Colombo FC were rewarded with Rs. 700,000 in addition to the FA Cup and Kalutara Blue Star SC received a cash prize of Rs. 500,000.
Colombo FC’s K.A.D. Madhushanka was declared as the man of the final while Manjula Fernando of the losing team was awarded the Golden Glove for his classy achievements during the whole tournament. In fact saving two tie breakers in the semi final against Navy brought his team to the final. In the quarter final too he was managed to save a penalty to guide his side to the semis.
Dilano Dias, Chief Operations Officer, Cargills Food City was the chief guest at the awards ceremony and handed over the Trophy to the winning team.