TMCC Match 2 – Match Report: Yangon United FC vs. Lao Toyota FC
Yangon United FC stated their intent with a crushing 5-2 defeat of Laos Premier League Champions Lao Toyota FC on Sunday afternoon in the second match of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship.
Adilson Dos Santos Souza made his bow for the 2015 Myanmar National League winners and made an instant impact netting the game’s first two goals before, David Htan, Kyaw Ko Ko and Yan Aung Kyaw rounded off the impressive victory at Yangon’s Thuwanna Youth Training Centre Stadium.
The Yangon Lions had gone into the game in disarray after the recent announcement of the departure of the clubs’ three star Brazilians; Luiz Fernando Pongelupe, Emerson Guacha and Cezar Augusto. Nevertheless, the club moved swiftly to secure the services of Brazilian sharpshooter Adilson, and the 28-year old did not disappoint the over 8,000 fans in attendance. Yangon United stamped their authority early on to the game by going close to scoring twice in quick succession through Adilson and Kyaw Ko Ko.
It was Adilson who opened the scoring, and his own Yangon United account, in the game’s 14th minute with a powerful header from his teammate’s pinpoint right-wing cross, burying the ball beyond Vathana Keodouangdeth in the Lao Toyota goal from six yards out. The Brazilian was in the right place again just five minutes later to bag his second goal, also with his head, rising highest in the box to direct the ball into the Lao Toyota goal once more.
Kyi Lin’s running on the left wing proved a thorn in the side of the Lao Toyota defence as the national team star made use of the available space to fire in crosses and through balls to forwards Kyaw Ko Ko and Adilson. However, Yangon United were unable to capitalise on possession in the remainder of the first half and went into the break only two goals up, though it could have been many more.
After the restart, Kazuo Homma, who was so expertly shackled in TMCC Match 1 against Boeung Ket Angkor FC, answered his critics with an expertly taken poacher’s goal in the 47th minute to bring the visitors within a goal of the opposition. However, a deftly struck 30-yard chip from David Htan just three minutes later restored Yangon’s two-goal cushion, much to the delight of the Yangon fans.
Kyaw Ko Ko got his name on the scoresheet at the hour-mark, finishing a wonderfully crafted passing move with a final darting run into the box to beat the Lao Toyota keeper and put Yangon United 4-1 up and cruising.
Yangon nabbed a fifth goal through attacking midfielder Yan Aung Kyaw, before Lao Toyota substitute Frederic Pooda hit a final consolation goal deep into stoppage time.
Yangon United FC player Yan Aung Kyaw, speaking after the match, was underwhelmed with the team’s performance but paid special tribute to two-goal debut hero Adilson. “We played well today, although we have played better in the past. I expect we will need to be stronger in Cambodia and we will do our best to improve.” He said. “Adilson was special today and I’m sure these are the first of many, many goals for our club. Good luck to him.” He added.
Newly-appointed Yangon United head coach Emerson Alcantara was pleased with the team’s performance on the day and was adamant that the club would go to Phnom Penh looking for the win. “I have only been in the job for two weeks, but we have a good, strong squad. We need reinforcements and that will come but for now we look forward to Cambodia. Said the ex-Timor-Leste coach. “We will go there for the win, playing for the draw is not in our philosophy, so yes we will face the Cambodian side next Sunday and play to win.”
Match three of the round-robin stage of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 will see Yangon United travel to Cambodia to face Boeung Ket Angkor FC in the semi-final qualification decider. The match will be played at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium on Sunday, November 29.