Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve bagged three goals to defeat BE Forward Wanderers Reserve 0-3 in the Blantyre mini-derby at Chilomoni Stadium on Sunday.
The junior Bullets led 0-2 at half-time before consolidating their lead in the closing half to bag home maximum points at the hands of their rivals in the ThumbsUp Southern Region Football Association League.
Stanley Billiati gave Bullets Reserve an early lead as he capitalized on a quick move that saw him break into Wanderers Reserve’s penalty area before he volleyed the ball home just after 60 seconds from kick-off.
The young Nomads quickly recovered after conceding the goal and launched an attack that won them a free kick in the 6th minute 25 yards from goal, however NBB Reserve goalkeeper Clever Mkungula gave them no room to convert from the setpiece.
Billiati claimed a brace as he doubled Bullets Reserve’s lead in the 19th minute after the Enos Chatama side exchanged great passes before the teenage attacker found room to score his second goal.
The home side had another opportunity to pull one back with 10 minutes to go before half-time after getting space inside the box, but Mkungula again came to the rescue as he forced a corner kick that was defended well by Bullets Reserve.
Chatama was forced to make an early change following David Daudi’s injury and he was replaced by Wilton Kaunda Jnr in the 37th minute.
Nomads had another chance wasted as they had a free kick from the edge of the 18-yard area blasted over the bar with two minutes to go in the first-half.
The hosts looked a better side in the opening minutes of the final half as they kept pressing for a goal, but Bullets Reserve were outstanding in defense marshaled by Nixon Nyasulu, Mac Lameck and the Man of the Match Yamikani Mologeni.
In the 53rd minute Bullets Reserve came close, unfortunately Billiati’s opportunity to claim a hattrick was denied by the Wanderers ‘keeper Joel Ngwira who blocked the oncoming ball from close range with him already gone to the ground.
Youngster Patrick Mwaungulu had a clear cut chance to register his name on the scoresheet but the lad sent a weak shot direct at the goalkeeper.
Wanderers were reduced to 10 men after Chikondi Gwetsani was sent off in the 69th minute for two bookable offenses and with a one man advantage Bullets Reserve starting knocking the ball around before Mologeni set Billiati who saw his shot blocked again in the 75th minute.
Chatama pulled out Mwaungulu in the 77th minute and he introduced the fresh legs of Lanjesi Nkhoma who found the back of the net six minutes after coming on the pitch following a great team effort from the junior Bullets.
The junior Nomads finished the match with nine players after Leonard Msonda received a straight red card in stoppage time for a ruthless challenge on Felix Demakude.