TC Sports Club moved to the second place in the league standings with a 2-1 victory over Maziya in the ongoing Ooredoo Dhivehi Premier League at Galolhu National Stadium on Saturday evening.
Goals from Ibrahim Waheed Hassan and Ibrahim Mahudhee secured a fully-deserved three points for TC Sports Club against the green boys.
The result saw, TC Sports Club climbed above Maziya to second place with 22 points from 9 games, two behind the leaders New Radiant and three ahead of Maziya on third place.
The Green Boys came into this game without the suspended Mohamed Umair, and while the talented Ismail Easa started in his place, they missed his creativity and ability to dictate the attacking play.
Indeed, a side that looked so accomplished and disciplined in the recently ended Male’ League, they looked a shadow of their former selves for the much of this game.
TC Sports Club started the better of the two sides and they had the first real chance of the game on 21 minutes when Mohamed Samir’s shot from outside the box went deflected off a defender for a corner.
Then on 39 minutes, Mohamed Arif had the best chance for Maziya when he was on the end of a free-kick from Assad Ali but his headed attempt was collected by TC Sports Club keeper Kiran.
Just when the game looked to be headed for a goalless draw at half-time, Ibrahim Waheed made it 1-0 at the break as he struck a curling shot into the far corner of the net from outside the box.
Naiz Hassan was unlucky not double his team’s lead shortly after the break when his strike from inside the box went wide.
In the 63rd minute, Assad had a decent chance for Maziya but he couldn’t connect with the ball from Mohamed Irufan as Kiran collected the ball.
Then on 68 minutes, Naiz tried his luck from the distance but his shot went straight into the gloves of Maziya keeper Mahmoud Al-Youssef before Khalil’s shot from inside the box went over the bar moments later.
Cornelius Stewart nearly setup the second goal for TC Sports Club in the 76th minute when he found Mahudhee with a cross down the right side but the latter couldn’t connect with the ball.
Mahudhee made up for his earlier miss when he produced a brilliant individual performance to dribble past 3 defenders to score the second goal of the match with five minutes from time.
At the other end, with one minute from time, Assad nearly pulled a goal back for Maziya with a decent strike from on the edge of the box but a superb save from Kiran denied him.
And as the match entered stoppage-time, there was late consolation for Maziya when they were awarded a penalty after Yasfaad Habeeb was fouled inside the box. Then Easa made it 2-1 by converting the resulting spot-kick.