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Semi-finals in Champions League...:

Blue Star vs Renown and Air Force vs Don Bosco

FOOTBALL: Top soccer fare is on the cards with the two semi-final matches of the Champion League Soccer Tournament to be worked off on November 14 and 15 at the City Football League grounds.

This main soccer tournament is conducted by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka and sponsored by Dialog. The four teams to qualify for the semis are: Blue Star SC, Kalutara, Don Bosco SC, Negombo, Sri Lanka Air Force and Renown SC. In the league round matches completed over the week-end saw Renown SC trounce Old Bens SC with the highest margin of goals in the tournament 8-1, Blue Star SC edged out Sri Lanka Army 1-nil, Don Bosco SC scored an emphatic 3-1 win over New Youngs SC, Wennappuwa while Air Force registered a close 1-nil win against Ratnam SC. The first semi-final will be between in-form and favourites Renown SC vs Blue Star SC on November 14 and the second semi-final - Don Bosco SC vs Sri Lanka Air Force on November 15. Both matches will commence at 3.45 p.m. on respective days.

The final is scheduled for November 22 at the City Football league grounds.

Both semi-final matches will be hotly contested as the standard of teams are more or less the same except for Renown SC.

Renown SC coached by former star Sri Lanka striker M. Amanulla will go flat out to maintain their winning streak against Blue star SC. The well-knit Renown SC composed of very young and talented players has shown better technical style of play in the earlier games. Commenting about the match against Blue Star SC, Amanulla said: "It is going to be a keen and tight game as the Kalutara team is a well-balanced side which deserved to enter the semis".

The second semis between up-and-coming Don Bosco and experienced Air Force should also be well contested. It will be a very important game for both sides and the team which plays a clean and methodical game should come out victorious.

The teams strikers should well remember that scoring goals is very important and should succeed in hitting the net cleanly not fumbling with the ball or kick wide out. Football means scoring goals and both Don Bosco and Air Force strikers should have sharpness at the 'box'.

 

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