Newly crowned Carlsberg Cup Champions Blue Eagles FC continued to shine on the local scene but this time in the K65 million TNM Super League when they managed to beat city rivals Epac FC 2-1 in a less entertaining match played at Nankhaka Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday afternoon.
Two first half goals from Innocent Bokosi in the 6th minute and Mecium Mhone in the 22nd minute were enough to handle the Area 30 based side maximum three points.
Visiting Epac FC scored the cancellation goal as early as two minutes into the second half when Ishmael Thindwa headed in a cross from the right flank beating Eagles new catch Elia Msukwa.
The game gave Epac extra strength as they started to terrorise Eagles half wave after wave.
Epac rested Mussa Manyenje, Wonderful Tumeyo for Sam Gunda and Pilirani Yasin but the substitution paid no dividends.
They however suffered a huge blow in the 84th minute when defender Stain Malata was sent-off following an attack on Blue Eagles midfielder Elia Kabingu.
Kabingu was replaced by veteran midfielder Peter Mgangira.
Epac made several efforts in search of an equaliser which never came until the final whistle.
Speaking after the match, Blue Eagles coach Deklerk Msakakuona praised his charges for a gallant fight.
On the other hand, Epac coach Abbas Makawa confessed his team was second best but blamed the referee for making dubious decision.