MNL leaders Yadanarbon stay four clear with Yangon draw

Yadanarbon remain four points clear at the top of the Myanmar National League after playing out a 2-2 draw with closest challengers Yangon United on Sunday evening.

The Lions had taken the lead at the Yangon United Sports Complex after just four minutes through an Emerson Luiz Tito strike, only for Yan Aung Win to equalise for Yadanarbon in the 28th minute.

Yangon then edged ahead again three minutes before halftime when Yan Aung Kyaw found the back of the net but the visitors refused to be beaten, and forced the draw five minutes before the hour mark when Djedje Maximin fired them level again.

The result allowed Yadanarbon to maintain their four-point lead over Yangon, who are now joined on 28 points by both Nay Pyi Taw and Kanbawza.

Nay Pyi Taw were in action in Sunday’s other game and hardly broke a sweat as they recorded a 3-1 win over bottom side GFA at the Bogyoke Aung San Stadium.

It was Nay Pyi Taw who drew first blood after five minutes through an opener from Pyae Phyo Oo, who proceeded to double his and his side’s tally six minutes after the half-hour mark.

GFA did manage to pull one back in the 52nd minute when Jordan struck, but the designated visitors remained in control of the tie and went on to wrap up the points in injury-time when Michele Di Piedi added a third.

Meanwhile, Kanbawza will be left rueing their failure to make second spot their own after being held to a 1-1 draw by Magway on Friday.

It looked as though KBZ were headed for the win when Kyaw Zayar Win fired them ahead in the 35th minute, but Ko Ko Naing netted five minutes into the second half to earn Magway a share of the spoils.

In Friday’s other game, Ayeyawady United continued their recent good run of form as they beat Southern Myanmar 4-1 to make it four wins in a row.

Ayeyawady were always in control of proceedings after two goals in nine minutes by Nanda Lin Kyaw Chit handed them a comfortable lead inside the opening half-hour, before he completed his hat-trick to make it 3-0 a minute after halftime.

Shotaro Ihata did manage to reduce the deficit for Southern Myanmar in the 53rd minute, but Sasa Rankovic struck three minutes later to complete the rout for Ayeyawady.

Saturday’s action saw Manaw Myay and Zeyar Shwe Myay play out a thrilling 4-4 draw that saw both sides leading at the Thuwunna Stadium.

After Chukwuazu Chidiebere had broken the deadlock from the spot in the eighth minute, Sunday struck two minutes before the half-hour mark to double Zeyar Shwe Myay’s lead, only for Molo Hilaire Assale to pull one back through a penalty of his own on the stroke of halftime.

Ibrahim Ouattara then scored to level the scores in the 51st minute, but Ekoule Martin restored Zeyar Shwe Myay’s lead on the hour mark as they looked to brush off any challenge their opponents posed.

Nonetheless, Ollo Kambou made it 3-3 with eight minutes remaining and remarkably, Manaw Myay then edged ahead in the final minute when Assale grabbed his second of the evening.

However, it was not to be for them as Chukwuazu also grabbed a brace of his own in the second minute of injury-time to force the draw for Zeyar Shwe Myay.

Finally, Zwekapin United claimed their third successive victory after beating Chin United 2-1 at the Bogyoke Aung San Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, Naing Naing Kyaw helped Zwekapin draw first blood four minutes after the hour mark before their lead was doubled in the 77th minute through a Tin Win Aung strike.

Keith Murtu Nah did manage to pull one back for Chin two minutes from time but it proved to be a mere consolation, as the designated hosts held out for the win.

Friday’s Myanmar National League Results

Ayeyawady United 4-1 Southern Myanmar

Kanbawza 1-1 Magway

Saturday’s Myanmar National League Results

Manaw Myay 4-4 Zeyar Shwe Myay

Zwekapin United 2-1 Chin United

Sunday’s Myanmar National League Results

Yangon United 2-2 Yadanarbon

GFA 1-3 Nay Pyi Taw

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