Second-half treble gives four points lead to Blues

Second half goals from Adrian Gallardo, Ali Fasir and Stevan Markovic was enough to earn a 3-0 victory for New Radiant in their game against Kudahuvadhoo as they edge closer to the league title.

The result saw, New Radiant picked up an impressive 33 points after 12 games, four ahead of their nearest rival TC Sports Club and 9 ahead of Maziya on third place while Kudahuvadhoo remained on bottom of the table with two points from 12 games.

The Blues could clinch the title after their next game,  if they managed to get a point against second place TC Sports Club.

Kudahuvadhoo team were missing the likes of Ibrahim Ushamath and Mohamed Ihusan due to suspension while Akram Abdul Ghani was a notable absentee as well for the similar reason.

The first real chance of the opening half fell to Ibrahim Fazeel in the eighth minute but his shot from inside the box was saved by Kudahuvadhoo keeper Abdulla Yazeed.

Then on 11 minutes, Fazeel had the best chance of the half when he struck the cross bar with a decent header from Adrian Gallardo’s cross down the left side.

Three minutes later, Fasir had another wonderful chance from inside the box but his shot was claimed by Yazeed.

In the 37th minute, Gallardo had another decent chance from inside the box but his headed attempt went straight into the gloves of Yazeed.

With just three minutes after the break, Jibola had a decent chance for Kudahuvadhoo but his deflected shot from outside the box went straight into the gloves of Imran.

A minute later, Ali Ashfaq hits the post with a decent strike from inside the box.

In the 52nd minute, Gallardo finally broke the deadlock through a penalty when Fazeel was fouled inside the box by Ibrahim Rashad.

Three minutes later, Ashfaq’s Free-kick found Stevan Markovic but his attempt was cleared out of danger by the impressive Yazeed.

Fasir double their lead with a left footed strike from inside the box after receiving a decent pass from Hamza on 65 minutes.

Then on 70 minutes, Fazeel had another chance but he couldn’t connect with the ball from Gallardo as Yazeed collected it.

Moments later, Markovic made it 3-0 with a free header from inside the box after receiving a brilliant cross from Fasir down the left side.

There were flurry of chances for Ashfaq, Gallardo and Fasir but failed to convert them.

Gallardo forced a decent save from Yazeed with a close range strike, 12 minutes from time.

The closing stages produced another couple of chances to Ashfaq and Fasir with the latter being unlucky when his deflected strike went off the post before Yazeed tipped it over the bar for a corner.

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