Friday, August 18, 2017

Yadanarbon snap Yangon United’s unbeaten streak

Myanmar National League 2017 has taken on a more competitive outlook after Yadanarbon thrashed Yangon United 3-0 last weekend, narrowing the points difference separating the three teams at the top of the table.

Yadanarbon’s Ghanaian striker Patrick Asare (blue) celebrates after scoring a goal against Yangon United over the weekend during a match played at Mandalar Thiri Stadium. Photo - MNLYadanarbon’s Ghanaian striker Patrick Asare (blue) celebrates after scoring a goal against Yangon United over the weekend during a match played at Mandalar Thiri Stadium. Photo - MNL

Until then Yangon United were the runaway leaders. They were ahead by four points to Shan United – in second place – and five points clear of Yadanarbon football club – in third place – but the defeat in their last outing means only one point now separates the top three, because Shan United triumphed 2-0 over Southern Myanmar in another match played on the same day.

The loss to perennial rivals Yadanarbon also brought to an end Yangon United’s 14-match unbeaten run this season. The match was played at Mandalar Thiri Stadium.

Both sides fielded their first-choice players, but whereas Yangon United were a mix of experience and youth, it was the youthful Yadanarbon that carried the day.

Hosts Yadanarbon showed excellent form and emerged victorious from the encounter with goals through Aung Thu, Myo Ko Tun and Ghanaian striker Patrick Asare.

Yadanarbon’s leading striker Aung Thu scored the opening goal in the 25th minute after being fed by winger Si Thu Aung, while Yangon United striker Kyaw Ko Ko missed a chance to put his team level before half time.

In the second half, the visitors made some substitutions and raised their attacking flair in search for the equaliser goal but it were the hosts that scored again – in the 64th minute through Myo Ko Tun – while their third goal came in the 71st minute via substitute Asare.

Yangon United coach U Myo Min Tin said, “The main difference between the sides was ball skill as well as individual finesse. They worked hard for victory.’’

“Our team played to my game plan. I’m satisfied with the way we contained Yangon United. Our boys were able to deal with the long balls the opposition employed to pierce our defense. If we had used our chances better, we could have scored more goals. This victory is dedicated to our supporters as well.” Said Yadanarbon coach Rene Desaevere.

Despite the loss Yangon United still top the table with 36 points, followed by Shan United 35, and Yadanarbon 34.

In another encounter on the same day, Shan United defeated Southern Myanmar 2-0 at Mawlamyine Stadium.

Elsewhere, Magwe FC thrashed Zwekapin United 5-0 at Aung San Stadium, and Nay Pyi Taw won 1-0 against GFA football club at Thuwana Stadium. The victory enabled Nay Pyi Taw to climb up from relegation zone. And Rakhine United beat Chin United 1-0 while Ayeyawady United and Hantharwady battled to a 2-2 draw at Pathein Stadium.

10 19 20
10 10 22
10 6 21
Ayeyawady United
10 5 15
Rakhine United
10 0 14
Magwe FC
10 -2 13
Zwekapin United
10 -4 13
Nay Pyi Taw FC
10 -8 9
10 -6 8
10 -6 7
Chin United
10 -7 7
10 -7 6
Last Updated - 1 April 2017
Manaw Myay
22 51 52
22 21 49
Nay Pyi Taw FC
22 33 48
Mahar United
22 31 48
Myawady FC
22 23 36
Mawyawadi FC
22 1 35
City Stars
22 1 28
University FC
22 -17 23
Dagon FC
22 -11 20
Pong Gan
22 -37 12
United of Thanlyin
22 -47 11
Silver Stars
22 -49 10
Last Updated - 28 August 2016