Zeyar Shwe Myay break Yadarbon’s unbeaten streak
THE Dragons beat league leaders Yadanarbon 1-0 at their home stadium in Monywa on July 10, ruining an unblemished record and delaying Yadanarbon’s dreams of a championship.
Zeyar Shwe Myay relied on huge performances from some of their key players, such as Kaung Si Thu, Ibrahim and Marcio Gomes, while Yadanarbon clearly struggled without stars Aung Thu and Keith Martu Nah, both of whom were out with injuries. Losing their starting strikers showed, and their replacements failed to generate many scoring opportunities.
Yadanarbon’s dreams of becoming the quickest champion in MNL history fell to pieces in the 76th minute, when Zeyar Shwe Myay striker Nan Min Aung booted in the game’s only goal.
The Dragons’ manager Fabiano Jose Flora said it was a “perfect game” against Myanmar’s best team, and credited the upset to his squad’s excellent teamwork.
“My players were fantastic, with strong mental toughness in this match. We pressed Yadanarbon for 90 minutes and created some chances to score. Yadanarbon couldn’t play their usual style because we closed all the lanes with fantastic organisation,” the Portuguese coach said after the game.
Flora added that the home crowd was critical.
“Thank you to our supporters,” he said. “You were amazing too. This is a very good season for Zeyar Shwe Myay. This is possible due to our hard work.”
Yadarnarbon manager René Desaeyere blamed the loss on his injured players and the referees, adding that the league leaders could return to form in their next match.
“We lost this match because we couldn’t capitalise on good chances,” he said. “And some key players were hurt. And the referee was ignoring some of [the other team’s] fouls.”
Meanwhile in Yangon on July 9, United enjoyed a shellacking of Horizon by a score of 6-2. Kyaw Ko Ko had his second consecutive game with a hat-trick, after scoring all three goals against Chin United last week. The Lions striker now has 11 total goals, launching him into the conversation as one of Myanmar’s top goal-scorers.
Brazilian striker Adilso added two more to Kyaw Ko Ko’s hat trick and Zon Moe Aung capped off the scoring for the Lions. Horizon had tallies from Ernest and Aung Kyaw Htwe.
Yangon United head coach U Myo Min Tun said in the post-game press conference that the victory was won by the players, who overcame some big mistakes in the first half.
“My happiness goes beyond measure,” he said. “This is the result of building trust and unity in our team and it will be our strength in coming matches.” After the victory, Yangon United climbs to third place with 29 points.
The Shan Warriors regained their second-half form after beating Zwekapin United 2-1 at home in Taunggyi Stadium on July 10. For Shan United, Soe Min Oo and Zin Min Tun scored in the 63rd minutes and 75th minutes respectively, while Saw Si Ai scored in extra time for the visiting team.
In other matches around the league, Hantharwady United beat Rakhine United 1-0 and runner-up Magwe beat Southern Myanmar 1-0.
Ayeyawady continues to search for a victory after settling for a 1-1 draw against Chin United on July 10 at Pathein Stadium. In the second half so far, Ayeyawady United has failed to win in six consecutive matches.
Zeyar Shwe Myay’s Victor battles for possession against a Yadanarbon defender.