TC Sports Club clinched a narrow 3-2 win over Thinadhoo to go top of the table in the ongoing Ooredoo Dhivehi Premier League.
The result saw, TC Sports Club climbed to first place with 19 points, while Thinadhoo remained on fifth spot with 10 points.
TC Sports Club dominated the play for the majority of the opening half but were unable to find a breakthrough as Thinadhoo held them to a goalless draw at the break.
Cornelius Stewart had TC Sports Club’s best chance on 41 minutes when he received a decent ball from Ibrahim Mahudhee but his poor first touch let him down as Thinadhoo keeper Dzhanybekov Ruslan collected the ball.
During the stoppage-time of the first half, Mohamed Samir’s goal bound cross went across the face of the goal as Cornelius failed to connect with the ball, even a slightest touch from the latter could have given the lead to TC Sports Club.
Cornelius finally broke the deadlock for TC Sports Club in the 52nd minute as his strike went between the keeper Dzhanybekov’s leg after receiving an inch-perfect long pass from Khalil.
Cornelius was on the score sheet again six minutes later, when he struck a decent shot over the keeper’s head and onto the empty net from inside the box.
In the 65th minute, Ahmed Rizuwan pulled a goal back for Thinadhoo, having received a decent ball from Imran Nasheed.
Then on 77 minutes, Imran was involved again when his cross was headed by Jose Avila from close range as Thinadhoo leveled the score 2-2.
A minute later, Risfan nearly gave the lead to Thinadhoo when he forced a decent save from TC Sports Club keeper Ibrahim Nadheem with a decent strike from a very tight angle.
However, Ibrahim Mahudhee made it 3-2 for TC Sports Club with 11 minutes remaining on the clock after receiving a pass from Cornelius.
At the other end, Ansar Ibrahim tried his luck from outside the box as he forced a decent save from Nadheem in the 85th minute.
Then on 87 minutes Ibrahim Mahudhee missed a decent chance to extend his team’s lead as his header went wide from close range after receiving a cross by Muruthala.