DD Sunshine underlined their supremacy after a 2-1 victory over city rivals Skippers in an early National Women’s Football League kickoff match at Civo Stadium on Saturday.
Blossoming striker Gladys Banda scored twice to ensure maximum points for her side. She scored the first goal in the 57th minute but Skippers equalised through Jessy Yosefe with 10 minutes to full time to set up a tense finish.
The match was destined for a stalemate, but Banda beat an offside trap to score the winner in the 89th minute.
However, Skippers protested the goal and refused to resume play. The goal stood and the referee blew the final whistle. It was three points in the bag for Sunshine.
After the game, Sunshine Coach Andrew Chikhosi gave credit to the players.
“The girls played with a purpose and it was a good win for us,” Chikhosi said.
Skippers Coach Collins Pofera blamed the loss on poor officiation.
“It was a tight match which could have gone either side but the referee decided the game,” he added.
In another match, Hungry Lions beat Chilinde Queens 2-0 at Nankhaka Ground, thanks to Mervis Misomali’s brace.
Elsewhere, Blantyre Zero thrashed Bangwe Super Queens 3-0 after Pilirani Malora scored in the 53rd minute before Zainab Kapanda netted a brace.
There was also a win for Ntopwa as they defeated Attu Bullets 2-0 with goals from Chimwemwe Bonongwe and Mary Chindeya.
Up north, Moyale Sisters registered a 3-2 victory over Topik Dynamos. Shuppie Gondwe, Naomi Mwale and Temwa Kaonga scored for Moyale whereas Mary Chanda and Thandie Bilima were on target for Topik.
MK Academy also beat Sanwecka 3-0, with goals from Kettie Munthali, Gertrude Mkandawire and Vella Mvula.