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Silver claim double over Civil

Written by  Tione Andsen

Lilongwe, December 23, 2017: Third-placed Silver Strikers Saturday reign supreme over their traditional city rivals, Civil Sporting as they claim a double over them with a 2-1 win in the second round of the TNM Super League played before a sizeable crowd at Silver Stadium in Area 47, Lilongwe.

The Bankers have maintained their bragging rights over their city rivals as they repeated the same marginal win they registered in the first round at Civo stadium.

Silver have pushed their points tally to 61 points while Civil Sporting are still fourth with 48 points and have finished the season.

Despite the hype surrounding derby matches, this Lilongwe derby failed to live to the expectation as it lacked fire power and entertainment as compared to the first encounter.

With the championship already wrapped up by Mighty Be Forward Wanderers, it was apparent that the two teams were playing just to fulfill the fixture.

Silver goal poacher, Matthews Sibale - playing his last game for Silver before moving to Costal do Sol in Maputo, Mozambique - was on the score sheet in the 6th minute to increase his goal tally to 16 goals for the season.

Sibale collected a pass from Victor Limbani before eluding Civil's goalkeeper, Tione Tembo. He could have claimed a double in the 17th minute but failed to beat to Tembo on one on one situation.

Civil brought in the fresh legs of Fletcher Bandawe in the 32rd minute for Chisomo Mbozanani to improve their attacking pattern but a minute later they were on receiving end as Silver's Timothy Chitedze's shot was parried by keeper Tembo before Sibale blasted over a rebound.

Silver players walked tall as they were heading for the dressing room with the narrow lead.

The bankers brought in Duncan Nyoni for Mark Fodya in the 53rd minute to move things forward but two minutes later, Civil's Raphael Phiri beat an offside trap before his long range effort went wide with goalie, Brighton Munthali to beat.

Civil added power to their squad by bringing in veteran Joseph Kachule for Patrick Thupi two minutes after that miss.

Silver's captain, Blessings Tembo made it 2-0 in the 59th minute from direct free kick.
Silver had to allow Sibale and Timothy Chitedze to rest and fused in Green Harawa and Levison Maganizo in the 70th minute.

Limbani could have made it 3-0 in the 75th minute but he unbelievably volleyed over Harawa's cross from six yard box.

Civil's captain Righteous Banda twice, on 76th and 78th minute, tested Silver's custodian, Munthali with power shots but the goal minder superbly tamed them.

With five minutes to time, Civil's Innocent Tanganyika had his inviting cross parried out by Munthali.
Substitute Kachule pulled one back at the dot of full time when he slotted in a rebound from his free kick effort to beat Munthali.

"Overall, we have watched a good game that did not live up to its billing. The two teams took the game casually. As such, it never lived to people’s expectation," a soccer fan based in Dowa, Eric Kamanga observed.

He said since the league was decided last week, the two teams had nothing to play for because its impact on log table was negligible.

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