DCL 2013 - Final's Opening Ceremony and Awards Giving
Special Occations of the event....
Air Force Grab Dialog Trophy Beat Renown 1-0
It was one of the best Football finals ever seen where Air force created history to win the Prestigious Dialog Champions League for the first time beating Renown by 1 goal to 0. The crowd over 10,000 at the Vernon Fernando Stadium enjoyed every minute of the game thanks to the attacking football played by both teams and no body could guess who will take home the DCL home till the final whistle was blew.
Dialog and FFSl should be complemented to bring back the lost glory for Football as technically the game had improved and both coaches Sampath Perera the victorious Airmen and M.Amanulla directing their talent to make the game better.
The first chance of the game was gifted to M Fazal the Renown captain who scored 2 goals in semis and another in the semis to take Renown to finals could not beat the young and energetic Air Force goalie Ruwan Prabath when Ruwan saves the kick of Fazal at the 7th minute in to the game. In the same manner Airforce who made a counter attack almost score when the Nigian Goal keeper Larance Prince of Renown who too had a hard and out standing game saved it at the 12th minute of the game. Even exchanges created much excitement to fans and the Half time it was 0-0.
After the resumption of the game again it was a hard fought battle and Airmen Kavindu Ishan had a Volley which floated to the left corner top of the goal and Lorance flew to save it wich was one of the spectacular saves made by him at the finals .
At the 55th minute a cross from Dilshan Fernando was cleared by Renown defender Raja Jenson in the rush and Airman Kumara Lankeshwara made no mistakes and hit the Golden goal of the game beating the Nigerian Lorance all ends to make it 1-0 for Air Force.
Renown made many aggressive moves and started penetrating to Air force territory and a super bullet from Dilan Jayasuriya hit the goal bar but before the follow up Airman Goalkeeper was fast enough to grab it to prevent it being converted to a goal.
Airmen too had even chances and the match ended with a win for Football too as it is coming back it a big way and for Air men it is a warm welcome to be the DIALOG CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CHAMPION 2013.
The Golden Boot Award for Dialog 2013 was won by Mohamed Issadeen of Army with 23 goals and the Most Valuable Player of the Final who won the Golden Ball was Kumara lankeshwara of Air Force
The Chief guest for the match was Hon. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne ,Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Mr.Trinesh Fernando -General Manager Legal and MR Harsha Samaranayeka - Head of Brands and Communications Dialog Axiata Plc with Mr. Ranjith Rodrigo -President FFSL were guests of honour for the DCL Finals 2013.
At the Awards ceremony - Mr . Trinesh Fernando - General Manager Legal presented the DIALOG CHAMPIONS TROPHY and Cash award of Rs.750,000/- to Air Force captain Dilshan with Mr Harsha Samaranayeka - Head of Brands and Communications Dialog Axiata Plc and Mr. Ranjith Rodrigo -President FFSL
Also at the presentation ceremony Mr. Upali Hewaage -secretary General FFSL ,[Rtd.DIG] Mr. KPP Pathirana -Chairman Competition [Rtd. DIG} Mr. R. Pueanantiran -Vice President FFSL participated for awards presentation.