Silver Strikers football club were 2-1 winners against Civil Sporting club in a hard fought Lilongwe derby played at the Silver Stadium to pocket three points and move to third position of the TNM super league log table with 11 points.
The central bankers dominated play from the first whistle as captain Young Chimodzi jnr and Enerst Tambe controlled the midfield battle with Thuso Paipi and Duncan Nyoni supplying balls from the wings to striker Michael Teteh but the servant’s defence was alert to clear the danger.
In the first 30 minutes both sides failed to create clear chances and had goalkeepers from both sides were on holiday as teams failed to register any shot on goal until in the 36th minute when Chimodzi jnr released Duncan Nyoni on the left who set Michael Teteh to score with a powerful shot from outside the box .
Duncan Nyoni doubled the lead for the area 47 men when he scored a beauty from a free kick which the civil servants goalkeeper Hastings Banda failed to clear.
Raphael Phiri came close to pull one back for Civil before half time only to see his shot hit the post that the Reserve Bank men were in the lead with two goals at half time.
At the start of the second half Civil Sporting club brought in goalkeeper Tione Tembo for Hastings Banda who was faulted for the second goal and the servants leveled up the tempo of their game giving pressure to Silver Strikers.
In the 59th minute Fletcher Bandawe pulled one from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the box by Yunis Sherrif.
The central bankers introduced Mark Fodya for Duncan Nyoni while Dan Kumwenda came in for Blessings Tembo for Civil Sporting club but it was too little too late as Silver Strikers won the game to be kings of Lilongwe city.
After the match Silver Strikers assistant coach Peter Mgangila praised his men for winning a tough match.
“It was a very tough match as Civil came flat out especially in the second half but am happy we scored in the first half, two chances, two beautiful goals from Teteh and another one from Duncan Nyoni and at the end of the day three points in our pocket “, he said.
On the other hand Civil Sporting club team manager Gabriel Chirwa said the goalkeeper let them down.
“It’s bad for us as Civil Sporting club as this is our third consecutive loss in all competitions and in today’s game we played well but our goal keeping was poor and come the second half we played well as a unit and tried to pull one back but we had already conceded two silly goals in the first half but that’s part of the game we need to go back to our drawing board and plan for our next games “, Chirwa said.
In other TNM super league games on Sunday, Dwangwa United had a miserable outing to the southern region as they lost 3-0 to Ntopwa football club to return with no point to the central region having also lost against Be forward wanderers on Saturday.
Ntopwa took advantage of the lake shore giants in the second half at the Kamuzu stadium when the visitors defender Bob Kaunda was shown a red card to scored three goals through Josiah Duwa, Levison Makoko and Mphatso Magaleta and move to 12th position with seven points from seven games.
At the Mzuzu stadium Moyale Barracks football club came from behind to defeat Tigers 2-1 and dent their hopes of returning to the southern region with six points. Chikaiko Batson put the Kau Kau boys in the lead but Wacheta Mwenefumbo scored the winner in the 90th minute for Moyale to move to seventh position with ten points from six games.
At the Karonga stadium, an Amadu Makawa goal was not enough to give Masters Security football club maximum points over Karonga United who came from behind and claim a 2-1 win to move to tenth position with nine points.
Below are the results of games played on Sunday 9th June
Silver Strikers football club 2-1 Civil Sporting club
Michael Teteh Fletcher Bandawe (penalty)
Ntopwa football club 3-0 Dwangwa United
Karonga United 2-1 Masters Security football club
Misheck Selemani Amadu Makawa
Moyale Barracks football club 2-1Tigers football club
Gastin Simkonda Chikaiko Batson
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