Yangon start with six-goal rout; champions Yadanarbon held

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

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Chonburi confirm squad bidding for 2015 ACL qualification

Chonburi coach Jadet Meelarp has confirmed his side’s 23-man roster for next month’s AFC Champions League qualifying campaign.

The Sharks, who earned their chance to play in Asia’s premier club competition after finishing second in the Thai Premier League last season, will face off against Hong Kong outfit Kitchee on February 10 in Preliminary Round 2.

Should they win that match, they will then advance to the final playoff round and will need to beat Japanese giants Kashiwa Reysol in order to book their place in the tournament proper, where they would then enter Group E and be pitted against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Shandong Luneng Taishan and Becamex Binh Duong.

On Tuesday afternoon, the club released the list of players that have been registered with the AFC and there were no real surprises as they named close to a full-strength line-up.

One notable absentee was Brazilian striker Thiago Cunha, who will have to serve a two-match suspension after being sent off for violent behaviour in last year’s qualifier against Beijing Guoan – which ended in a heavy 4-0 defeat for the Thai side.

Without Thiago, who was Chonburi’s top scorer last season with 20 goals in the league despite being hampered by a couple of injury problems, the only other recognised striker that Jadet will be able to call upon is captain Pipob On-mo, although he is now 35 and can no longer be asked to deliver match-winning displays on a consistent basis.

Thus, plenty of the work in the final third will have to fall on the shoulders of the Sharks’ plethora of talented attacking midfielders, including flying wingers Kroekrit Thaweekarn and Nurul Sriyankem, as well as Brazilian playmaker Juliano Mineiro.

Chonburi will however have plenty of experience to call upon in the form of Pipob, 41-year-old pivot Therdsak Chaiman, goalkeeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, as well as defenders Niweat Siriwong, Chonlatit Jantakam and Suttinun Phuk-hom, who all have previous experience on the continental stage.

Last season, the Thai Premier League club were able to cruise to a 3-0 win over South China in their opening qualifier, before the defeat to Beijing ended their hopes of advancing to the group stage of the Champions League.

Chonburi squad for 2015 AFC Champions League Playoff Round

Goalkeepers: Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool, Watthanapong Tabutda, Worawit Kaewwiharn

Defenders: Noppanon Kachaplayuk, Niweat Siriwong, Suttinun Phuk-hom, Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri, Anderson dos Santos, Chonlatit Jantakam, Alongkorn Pratoomwong, Wisarut Wai-Ngan, Surawich Logarwit

Midfielders: Adul Lahso, Therdsak Chaiman, Phuritad Jarikanon, Kroekrit Thaweekarn, Baworn Tapla, Chakrit Buathong, Warut Sap-So, Nurul Sriyankem, Juliano Mineiroa

Forwards: Pipob On-mo, Wanit Chaisan

V.League champions Binh Duong begin 2015 with big win

Becamex Binh Duong got their V.League 1 title defence off to a resounding start after hammering newly-promoted Dong Thap 6-1 at the Go Dau Stadium on Sunday.

The reigning champions got off to a dream start when Abass Cheikh Dieng fired them in front from the penalty spot after 11 minutes, before Trin Quang Vinh doubled their lead nine minutes later.

Nguyen Trong Hoang then found the back of the net six minutes before halftime to put them firmly in control of proceedings, and the contest was effectively ended in the 47th minute when he grabbed his second of the evening.

Still, the hosts refused to take their foot off the pedal and ensured they kicked off the 2015 season with an emphatic display as Nguyen Tang Tuan scored a brace to complete the rout, although Dong Thap did manage an injury-time consolation through a Samson Kpenosen strike.

There was no such joy for last season’s runners-up Ha Noi T&T as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Dong Tam Long An at the Hang Day Stadium.

Things could have been even worse for them after Souleymane Diabate had fired the visitors ahead two minutes before the break, but Do Duy Manh equalised in the 72nd minute to earn Ha Noi a share of the spoils.

Thanh Hoa, the surprise package in 2014 as they claimed a third-place finish, began the new campaign with a win after edging SHB Da Nang 2-1 at the Thanh Hoa Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, it was Da Nang who drew first blood when Melquiades Gomez, their new signing from Dong Nai, opened the scoring in the 51st minute.

However, Thanh Hoa equalised seven minutes after the hour mark through an effort from Hoang Dinh Tung, and the come-from-behind victory was completed 11 minutes before fulltime when Cao Sy Cuong scored what proved to be the winner.

Over at the Pleiku Stadium, Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s hopes of improving on last year’s disappointing ninth-place finish were handed a huge boost as they beat Sanna Khanh Hoa 4-2.

Guillame Graechen’s charges had claimed a comfortable lead at the break following first-half goals from Nguyen Tuan Anh and Nguyen Cong Phuong, although the visitors pulled one back in the 47th minute when Nguyen Hoang Quoc Chi found the back of the net.

Nonetheless, Luong Xuan Truong restored HAGL’s two-goal cushion in the 59th minute and Cong Phuong scored again six minutes later to wrap up the three points, although Khanh Hoa – to their credit – refused to give in and grabbed another consolation when Tran Dinh Kha struck in the 73rd minute.

Elsewhere, Hai Phong began the new campaign with an impressive 3-0 away win over Song Lam Nghe An, who looked distinctly off-colour despite boasting the likes of Vietnam internationals Que Ngoc Hai, Ngo Hoang Thinh, Tran Nguyen Manh and Nguyen Minh Duc in their starting XI.

Jamaica international Errol Stevens, an off-season acquisition from Thai outfit Saraburi FC, marked his debut by firing the visitors ahead after 16 minutes, before Vu Thanh Tung made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute.

From then on, it always looked like Hai Phong would go on to claim maximum points but just for good measure, Andre Fagan added a third three minutes after the hour mark to cap off an excellent display by his side.

Finally, first-half goals from Dinh Hoang Max and Mariano Bernardo handed Than Quang Ninh a 2-0 triumph over Dong Nai at the Dong Nai Stadium, while XSKT Can Tho were the only newly-promoted side to avoid defeat after playing out a 0-0 draw with QNK Quang Nam at the Can Tho Stadium.

 Sunday’s V.League 1 Results

Becamex Binh Duong 6-1 Dong Thap

XSKT Can Tho 0-0 QNK Quang Nam

Dong Nai 0-2 Than Quang Ninh

Ha Noi T&T 1-1 Dong Tam Long An

Song Lam Nghe An 0-3 Hai Phong

Hoang Anh Gia Lai 4-2 Sanna Khanh Hoa

Thanh Hoa 2-1 SHB Da Nang