|Monday, 7 July 2003|
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Negombo YSC, Blue Star SC off to flying starts
by Bernard Perera
The defending premier league champions Negombo Youth SC got off to a flying start in premier league championship which commenced last week. They defeated Java Lane SC 3 goals to nil and later beat Renown SC, the FA Cup champions who were crowned last week 2 goals to 1.
Meanwhile last year's runners-up police who figured in only one match last week lost to Blue Star SC from Kalutara. Air Force which reached the final of the FA Cup with a very young outfit managed to overcome Matara SC 3 goals to nil.
Saunders SC the most respected team from Colombo in the past two decades which failed to live up to its expectations during the last premier league where they occupied the seventh slot in the table, fare a bit better to end the first game in a draw with Hyline SC from Kandy.
Blue Star SC who defeated the strong Police SC in their season's opening game came off with another fine victory when they trounced Navy SC 1 goal to nil. The other top contender for the title this year Ratnam also figured well in the task week's game drawing both their games against Army SC (1-1) and Java Lane also 1-1.
With the first week completed in the championship the defending champs Negombo Youth Sports Club and Blue Start SC with two victories have reached the top.
28.06.03: Negombo YSC beat Java Lane SC 3-0. 28.06.03: Army SC drew with Ratnam SC 1-1. 28.06.03: Blue Star SC beat Police SC 1-0. 28.06.03: Saunders SC drew with Hyline SC 1-1. 28.06.03: Jupiters SC drew with Navy YSC 0-0. 02.07.03: Negombo YSC beat Renown SC 2-1. 02.07.03: Air Force SC beat Matara YSC 3-0. 02.07.03: Army SC beat Hyline SC 4-1. 02.07.03: Java Lane SC drew with Ratnam SC 1-1. 02.07.03: Old Bens SC beat Jupiters SC 2-0. 02.07.03: Blue Star SC beat Navy SC 1-0.
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