Shan United’s dream still alive with a big win over Yangon

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Shan United’s Keith (No.7) and Zaw Min Tun (No.8) celebrate their victory as the team trounced Yangon United 4-0 at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on 16 September, 2020. Photo: MNL

Defending champion Shan United’s hope for defending their championship title for 2020 Myanmar National League season is still active with a decisive 4-0 win over famous Yangon United at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon yesterday. The win is a seventh consecutive win for the defending champion in this season. Head coach U Aung Naing’s Shan United lined up with essential players including Nyein Chan, Ye Min Thu, Keeper Myo Min Latt, Zwe Thet Paing, Nanda Kyaw and Hein Thiha Zaw. In the meantime, head coach U Min Tun Lin’s Yangon United lined up with essential players goalie and captain Kyaw Zin Htet, Emmanuel, Maung Maung Lwin, Maung Maung Win, Kyi Lin, Kaung Htet Soe, Htike Htike Aung and Yan Naing Oo.
Both teams played hesitatively in early minutes. But Shan United found a leading goal with a surprise score of Maximin at 25 minutes. The goal gave confidence to Shan United and second goal was scored by Nanda Kyaw at 37 minutes. Shan United led two goals ahead of Yangon United at the break. Second half saw a better play of Shan United. Yangon United played roughly and Shan United got a penalty kick at 50 minutes. The penalty was successfully kicked by Shan United’s Keith to bring the third goal for his team. Yangon United tried to destroy their nightmare on the pitch but its strikers could not convert their chances to goals. The 4-0 victory was for the defending champion after Zin Min Tun’s goal scored at 77-minute mark. “Firstly, I would like to congratulate Shan United. They played brilliantly throughout the match. My team needs more preparation for improvement. Defenders could not control the Shan United’s attack and some of my players hesitated for making challenges against their opponents. With seven points different with top-class teams, my team is not sure to become a Champion but in football, everything is possible and we will try our best,” said Yangon United head coach U Min Tun Lin.
It was not an easy game for us as Yangon is a big team. My team was not right before 25 minutes but they could play better with strong motivation after garnering a first goal. Our team’s victory proved that practice makes perfect. I trained them well and they could follow my rules. I will focus on every win in upcoming matches, said Shan United head coach U Aung Naing. Shan United jumps to third place position while Yangon United fell to the fourth position of the standing table after yesterday’s match result.—Lynn Thit (Tgi)

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