Yangon United advance to MNL Cup’s semifinal berth

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Yangon United player (greenish blue) vies the ball with Maha United keeper during the Group A match of the Myanmar National League Cup Championship 2024 at Thuwunna YTC in Yangon on 19 May 2024.  PHOTO: MNL

Yangon United made a semifinal final stage after securing all wins in games of the Group A at the Myanmar National League Cup Championship 2024.
Team Yangon edged Maha United 3-1 at Youth Training Centre in Thuwunna in Yangon on 19 May, and the win made Yangon United undefeated this season.
Since Yangon United had already reached the semifinals before playing against Maha United, some changes were made to the starting line-up, leaving out all foreign players and deploying local players. Maha United had no hope of making the semis, but came out with a solid set of players.
Yangon United attacked from the start and Okkar Naing opened the scoring in the fourth minute. But Maha United were awarded a penalty kick in the 27th minute and Patrick touched the ball to tie the score.
However, Yan Naing Oo added second goal back in the 33rd minute for team Yangon to lead the match by 2:1 after the first half.
In the second half, Yangon United managed to win the game, and Zaw Win Thein scored the third goal to ensure victory in the 66th minute.
Likewise, University Team smashed GFA 3-1 at the Padonma Stadium. Though GFA led the game with Hla Bhone Oo’s goal at 28 minute, the University made come-from-behind actions with the goals of Nyein Zeyar at 62 minute, Hlaing Bwar at 66 minute and Zaw Zaw Htike at 81 minute respectively.
In the Group A, the semifinalist Yangon United bagged 24 points while Maha United collected 15 points, GFA and University team shared the result, garnering nine points each and Shwe Pyitha made just three points.
Shan United will also take on Rakhine United at Thuwunna YTC and Kachin United will face Glory Goal FC at Yangon United Sports Complex today as Group B matches. — Ko Nyi Lay/KZL

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