Phillip Masiye’s long range effort saved Blue Eagles from an imminent first defeat at home as they secured a 1-1 against 10 men Master Security in the second round of the TNM Super League played Friday at Nankhaka ground in Lilongwe.
With only two minutes to regulation time left, veteran midfielder, Masiye capitalized on a rebound from a long throw in to fire home an equalizer and save his team from a first defeat at home this season.
Master Security looked determined to collect full points away from home but were dwelt with a big blow when their player Francis Nkhonda was given marching orders in the 67th minute.
With the draw, Blue Eagles still remains fourth on the log with 32 points from 19 games and have recorded an eighth draw of the season while Master Security are stuck on 13th with 19 points from 18 games and seven draws.
This is second time Master Security have given out a lead in the dying minutes as they did the same with Silver Strikers when they equalised in the 96th minute to force a 1-1 draw at Civo.
The game was too physical punctuated by poor and questionable decisions made by officiating team and referee Mercy Nziya had it tough to control the proceedings.
Blues Eagles nearby when into lead from a free which was ably delivered by Elia Kabingu in the 10th minute but Master’s goalie, Bester Phiri tamed it well.
Six minutes later, Masiye’s 35 metre drive appeared to have crossed the line after keeper, Phiri had fumbled the ball but Referee waved played on.
Master Security striker Vincent Nyangulu wasted a golden opportunity in the 20th minute when he header was by Eagles goalie, John Soko.
Five minutes to break, Wyson Nkana of Master Security broke the deadlocked when he drove a 33 metre drive into the roof of Eagle’s net.
The visitors were all smiles at recess as they had a goal in their bag.
Second half both teams made substitutions in the first 20 minutes of the last half and the game was characterised by rough play and hard tackling from both sides which saw a lot of stoppages.
Master Security were reduced to 10 men when Nkonda was shown a red card by referee Nziya after he was in a confrontation discussion with Masiye.
Blue Eagles made tactical change they pulled out current top scorer in the league and out of form, Mphatso Phillemon for Bestone Jimu who brought some energy to their attacking pattern.
With two minutes to time, Masiye got the after a long throw from Alufecius Nyoni and the rebound was driven for an equaliser.
Substitute Jimu nearly got a winner for Eagles in added time when his floated effort kiss the upright as goalie Phiri was completely beaten.
” Am happy to have collected a point away from home. We played well and our players were determined today. Although it appears the referee had an agenda to help Blue Eagles to secure a draw, ” Assistant Coach for Master Security Jalibu Maliro lamented.
He said it just unfortunate for us that we conceded a late goal due to poor communication between the defender and the goal keeper.
Eagle’s coach, Audlow Makonyola admitted that his charges wasted a lot of chances which could have enabled them win the game.
” The referee should be blamed for denying us a clear goal. The ball had crossed the line when that keeper made that save. It was not given us. I thinks next time we would need good referees to handle our games,” he fumed.
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