Myanmar National League: Shan United maintain title charge

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Shan United remain two points clear at the top of the Myanmar National League after recording a comfortable 3-0 win over Rakhine United on Saturday.

Christopher Chizoba got the league leaders on their way in the 24th minute with an unstoppable left-footed drive from all of 30 yards, before adding a second seven minutes before halftime.

Five minutes after the hour mark, Rakhine’s failure to deal with a corner then allowed Han Kyung-in to lash home a third goal from close range and seal the victory for Shan.

The result keeps Shan a couple of points ahead of Yangon United, who kept up the pressure by edging Hantharwady United 1-0 on Sunday.

The only goal of the game arrived in the 36th minute courtesy of a clinical penalty from Emerson, after David Htan’s charge towards goal had been illegally halted inside the area.

ယေန႔ညေနက ယွဥ္ၿပိဳင္ကစားခဲ့သည့္ ရန္ကုန္ ယူႏိုက္တက္ အသင္းႏွင့္ ဟံသာ၀တီ ယူႏိုက္တက္ အသင္းတို႔၏ ပဲြစဥ္တြင္ ရန္ကုန္ အသင္းက ဟံသာ၀တီ အသင္းကို ၁-၀ ဂိုးျဖင့္ အႏိုင္ရ႐ွိခဲ့သည္။ ရန္ကုန္ အသင္းအတြက္ တစ္လံုးတည္းေသာ အႏိုင္ဂိုးကို အီမာဆင္ က သြင္းယူေပးခဲ့ (သတင္းအျပည့္စံုဖတ္ရႈရန္…) Yangon United earns three points with the only goal of Emerson in the match against Hantharwady United today at home (for more details…) #Yangon #YUFC #DreamBig #PlayHard #ThisIsYangon #HomeOfYUFC #Football #news #victory

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On the other hand, Yadanarbon’s title hopes were dealt a huge blow as they were beaten 2-1 by Southern Myanmar on Saturday.

Following a goalless first half, Aung Hein Soe fired Southern into a shock lead in the 48th minute, which they then doubled 20 minutes later courtesy of a Kaung Sithu effort.

Myo Zaw Oo managed to pull one back for the defending champions with 17 minutes to go but they were just unable to penetrate the opposition defence again, succumbing to only their second loss of the season that leaves them six points adrift.

Saturday’s other game saw goals from Cho Tun and Abdulafees Abdulsalam help Magwe to a 2-1 triumph over Chin United, while Zwekapin United also defeated bottom side GFA 2-1 in Monday’s only match.

Photo credit: Myanmar National League