Colombo FC set up final showdown with Blue Star

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The African flavoured Colombo FC knocked out defending champions Army SC with a 4-2 win on penalties while Blue Star SC sunk Navy 8-7 again on penalties to reach their second final in a row at the semi-finals of the Cargills Food City FA Cup played at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Sunday.

Army SC, with striker Mohammed Issadeen in blazing form right through the season were favoured too book their berth for the second time in a row, but Colombo FC produced a brilliant performance to gun down the soldiers.

At the short breather score was deadlocked at nil all but the winner broke the deadlock just six minutes into the second half through KAD Madushanka. Overwhelmed by the early lead, Colombo FC put up a wild celebration, even disregarding referee’s call to return to the centre to start the game. With players not complying with the request, the referee Prashan Rajakrishna had no other option but to kick off the game where Army found the equalizer through Sajith Kumara.  star4

Despite both teams playing aggressive soccer, none of them could find the net as the game ended in a 1 all draw before Colombo FC prevailed on penalty tie breaker to enter their first FA Cup finals.
In the second match, Blue Star SC survived some anxious moments to escape through to the finals.

At half time the score was deadlock at nil all before Navy found the net in the 90th minute of the game to put Blue Star under tremendous pressure. With just 30 seconds remaining for the final whistle, Blue Star were awarded a penalty when a kick from strike Farzeen hit the hand of a Navy defender.

Ghanaian Yankson Richard converted to draw level at the final whistle. However at the end of the first tie breaker both teams had netted four goals each with referee deciding to go for the ‘sudden death’ where Blue Star scored three goals to that of Navy’s two.
The finals will be held on July 4 at the Sugathadasa Stadium.