• Alasdair Howorth

Superior quality makes the difference as Maziya SRC comfortably beat Super United Sports 3-0

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

A freekick from captain Mohamed Umair and a brace from Cornelius Stewart were enough for Maziya to see off a spirited Super United Sports side.

As can be the case often when reporting football matches from around the world, I was unable to watch the first 25 minutes of the match due to the Facebook Live video being posted only in the 25th minute. Because of that I missed the first goal for Maziya from captain Mohamed Umair, stroking in a lovely free kick after 17 minutes.

As expected Maziya dominated the ball for most of the game with Super United Sport happy to sit deep in a rigid 4-1-4-1 out of possession and hit long balls up to centre forward Victor Munoz to hold up the ball and bring in others. While Maziya saw much of the ball they were unable to break down the Super United Sport defence from open play and needed the superb freekick from Umair to unlock the game.

With Ibrahim Aisam and Hussain Nihaan sitting in front of their back four, Maziya's fluid front four were free to attack with Umair in particular looking sharp. However, for all their creativity in the forward department they looked a threat far more in transition with balls over the top nearly sending through the pacey Cornelius Stewart on goal. And this was the route to goal for their second goal. Umair, after winning the ball in his own half, clipping a ball into the channel for Stewart to chase. The Vicentian then cut inside from the left and curled home a wonderful strike into the top corner.

Super United Sport had almost nothing going forward and became more desperate in trying to force their way back into the game. Maziya were happy to take advantage of the space opening up as a result and once again it was a turnover in midfield which led to Stewart's second goal of the game. After they won the ball back just inside their half, Mahudhee Hussain played a lovely incisive pass to send Stewart one on one. He rounded the on-rushing keeper and slid home.

Having not even mustered a shot in the first half Suspatis needed a response if they were to avoid an embarrassing defeat. They duly responded and came out in the second half fired up, playing much more positively and further up the park. They swapped wingers and were beginning to cause problems down the right flank with Ahmed Aiham overlapping from full back. He and winger Farhan were finding overloads and delivering more quality balls in the final third. Aiham nearly pulled a goal back when he rode a couple challenges before rounding the keeper, but his shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by centre-back Planic.

Neither side created any clear cut chances in the final half- hour, with both keepers only being called upon a few times. Both sides seemed to have an eye on future fixtures as they brought off their main creative threats which killed any momentum that was building in the second half. In particular for Maziya, when Man of the Match Stewart they lacked any threat in behind the higher line of Suspatis

Image courtesy of the Dhiraagu Dhivehi Premier League Facebook page

For Risto Vidakovic it is an excellent start to life with the Green Boys, winning the type of match he will expected to win with ease as they look to compete continentally in the AFC Cup. The result puts them back on top after Valencia dropped points yesterday and they will look to make the spot their own and push on to defend their title.

For Ahmed Nashid and his Super United Sport side, they will take heart from a strong second half in which they competed with Maziya. They will not be too disappointed with the result and will still be very happy with their start to life in the Dhiraagu Dhivehi Premier League.

Stats courtesy of the Dhiraagu Dhivehi Premier League Facebook page and the table is courtesy of flashscore.com


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