Yangon United kicked off their 2015 Myanmar National League campaign on Sunday in emphatic fashion after cruising to a 6-0 win over newly-promoted Hanthawardy United.
The Lions took the lead at the Yangon United Sports Complex courtesy of a Min Ko Thu own-goal after 20 minutes, before Emerson Luiz Tito made it 2-0 on the hour mark.
The contest was effectively ended when Cezar found the back of the net in the 71st minute, which was soon followed by a Khin Maung Lwin strike 11 minutes later.
However, the hosts were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal with Kyaw Ko Ko the next to get in on the act as he added a fifth in the 82nd minute, and the rout was completed a minute from time as Brazilian marksman Cezar grabbed his second of the game.
However, there was no such joy for defending champions Yadanarbon as they kicked off the year with a 1-1 draw against Magway at the Bahtoo Stadium.
Yadanarbon did edge ahead in the 17th minute through a debut goal from Liberian import Boakay Eddie Foday, but Sylla Mansa scored only four minutes later to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.
Ayeyawady United were the only other team apart from Yangon that were able to open the campaign by claiming maximum points after beating Nay Pyi Taw 1-0 at the Paung Laung Stadium; Aung Kyaw Naing netting the only goal of the game with two minutes left on the clock.
Sunday’s final game saw Kyaw Zayar Win convert an 80th-minute penalty to earn Kanbawza a 1-1 draw against Manaw Myay, who were initially headed for a shock victory at the Swomprabon after Ollo Kambou broke the deadlock for them after 17 minutes.
In Saturday’s action, Zwekapin United and Zeyar Shwe Myay played out a goalless stalemate at the Hpa-An Stadium, while new boys Hanthawardy United held Chin United to a 1-1 draw at the Pagoo Stadium.
Things could have been even better for Hanthawardy after they edged ahead through Ousmanou’s 21st-minute opener, but Zaw Zaw Oo netted in the 70th minute to earn the visitors a share of the spoils.
Saturday’s Myanmar National League Results
Hanthawardy United 1-1 Chin United
Zwekapin United 0-0 Zeyar Shwe Myay
Sunday’s Myanmar National League Results
Yangon United 6-0 Rakhine United
Yadanarbon 1-1 Magway
Manaw Myay 1-1 Kanbawza
Nay Pyi Taw 0-1 Ayeyawady United