In the opening match of the U-18 Myanmar National League, Royal Thanlyin defeated University at Padetha Football field in Yangon yesterday.
The U-18 Myanmar National League, the country’s newest football league, is comprised of players from many states and regions of Myanmar.
From the starting whistle, both teams played energetically. Though there were goal chances, neither team could convert.
After a hot, sweaty first half that was contested in the middle of the afternoon, the score was 0-0.
In the second half, Royal Thanlyin altered their strategy, slowing the play and increasing their accuracy.
The change in tactics paid off, as Royal Thanlyin got the icebreaker at the 56-minute mark that also turned out to be the winning goal.
The goal was scored with a beautiful kick by Saw Than Sein Htun, who converted a marvelous pass over the opponents’ defence line. The pace of the match slowed dramatically in the later stages of the match as the temperatures increased and the players tired. In other matches yesterday, the Dagon team trounced Silver Star by a score of 13-1 and Kachin United beat Mawyawady FC by a score of 2-1.