Ze­yar Shwe Myay break Yadar­bon’s un­beaten streak

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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.

Photo: Sup­plied

Ze­yar Shwe Myay’s Vic­tor bat­tles for pos­ses­sion against a Yada­nar­bon de­fender.

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