Moyale Barracks Football Club of Mzuzu on Sunday maintained their winning streak when they struck down Blantyre United by 2-1 in a one sided encounter played at Mzuzu stadium.
The Mzuzu based soldier started brightly, staging regular raids in the visitors half and came close to hit the back of the net in 12th when Deus Mkutu and Gustin Simukonda staged a well coordinated move, but Chamveka Gwetsani close range effort went wide unbelievably wide.
Again 23rd minute Simukonda was late to finish off the rebound after Blantyre United goal custodian; Peter Munthali had spilled Elvis Kafoteka rasping long range drive.
However Blantyre United would have received a gifted goal in the 30th minute when Moyale’s goal tender, Oliseh Nkhwazi spilled a harmless aerial ball, fortunately for him, Sandress Munthali was close by and cleared the mess.
Moyale’s persistent forays into the visitors half paid off in 34 th minute when Simukonda was brought down into the eighteen yard area by United’s Wardo Ching’oma, prompting referee, Mabvuto Msimuko to point on the deadly spot for a penalty.
Mkutu struck a beautiful penalty that send Munthali the wrong way.
Moyale could have wrapped up the first half with a comfortable lead in the added time but Mkutu who had ghosted in the visitor’s goal area unbelievably volleyed wide Simukonda cross.
When the teams emerged from the recess Blantyre United pulled out Tafara Mopiwa for Gerald Mwanza,his coming brought momentary life in the United attacking machinery.
United almost came close to be on the level terms with Moyale in 47th minute but Wachimwa Sadiki effort went agonizingly wide.
Stunned Moyale woke up from their slumber and stepped up the gear attacking the visitors half ruthlessly and their persistent effort paid off in 53rd minute when Simukonda nodded home Gwetsani cross to make it 2-0.
From that time Moyale was all over and missed several other golden opportunities that came their way.
However Moyale relaxed in the last fifteen minutes giving the visitors a breathing space to come back into the game and their (United) moment of truth came in 78th minute when Mwanza pulled one back.
Further efforts by the visitors to snatch a point went begging as Moyale rearguard stood rock solid.
The only moment they could have snatched a point was in the injury time when Nkhwazi spilled Taonga Malenga goal bound shot but again alert Robert Simukonda saved the situation clearing the ball off the goal line.
Speaking after the match Blantyre United captain,Victor Limbani conceded defeat saying his side did not start strongly enough which gave a chance to the Lions of Kaning’ina to dominate ball possession.
“We started the game slowly as a result this gave our opponents to control the game at our expense. We were also a bit loose in our defence. This happens in a game of soccer.
Nonetheless, our fans should not lose hope because we will go back to the drawing board and sort out the weaknesses we had in today’s game,” explained Limbani.
His counterpart, Lovemore Mitengo was on cloud describing the victory as a big boost to their campaign to finish on top three.
“I am very happy that we have managed to collect maximum points. This is a big boost to us and with this victory we have moved several steps up the log table,” said Mitengo.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :