Capital City giants Silver Strikers laboured to a 2-1 victory over rookies TN Stars in an entertaining TNM Super League match played yesterday at Silver Stadium in Lilongwe.
The result means Silver are tied on 13 points with rivals Civil Sporting Club, with the Central Bankers having an edge courtesy of a better goal difference.
Silver have a goal difference of seven while Civil have three.
The rookies made a bright start to the match when they grabbed the opener inside 20 minutes of the first half through Stanley Davie, who pounced on a rebound after Blessings Kameza had fumbled a China Chirwa attempt.
But Jack Chiona levelled the score midway through the first half when he connected home a Mphatso Philimon inviting cross.
Two minutes later, one became two after Philimon was gifted a goal by Stars goalkeeper Denis Zahaya.
Philimon shot with anger even without the goalkeeper in goals to hand the hosts maximum points.
Stars played the match with confidence and hit the post twice through Davie and Chirwa.
Stars lie 12th on the table, with seven points from seven games.
Nyasa Big Bullets are still in the driving seat, with 17 points from seven games.
In post-match reactions, Silver Team Manager, Francis Songo, said, despite the victory, he was not happy with the performance of his charges.
“I think we should not be playing the way we did against Stars. This could be a wake-up call that we should be raising our game when facing such teams,” Songo said.
Stars Head Coach, Meke Mwase, was disappointed with the result.
“We conceded unlucky goals but I am happy with the performance of the players. We dominated the game and it is painful to lose in this manner,” Mwase said.
Silver’s rise to second spot has increased the number of teams pressurising Bullets in the hunt for top spot with Azam Tigers following Civil on fourth position.
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