It took the People’s Team only 18 minutes kill-off their resilient visitors, who forced a barren draw against Bullets in the first round.
The Ndirande outfit got their first goal in the 4th minute through enterprising forward Patrick Phiri after he was put thru by Henry Kabichi. And eight minutes later, Bullets were on song again, thanks to midfielder Nelson Kangunje’s excellent finish.
In the 18th minute, forward Chiukepo Msowoya found the back of the net following a Phiri’s perfect delivery. Phiri was also named man-of-the-match.
In the second half, Karonga United came a changed side, building attacks from the back and got a consolation through Bernard Msiska but it was a case of too little too late.
Bullets coach Rodgers Yasin praised his charges for collecting maximum points over the resilient visitors.
“We told the boys not to underrate Karonga United and we planned to put the game to bed in the first half. And we thank God that we managed to score in the opening minutes of the game, and our opponents got destabilized,” said Yasin.
Karonga United coach Christopher Nyambose attributed the loss to poor coordination between the midfield and the back four.
“We were giving them a lot of space, especially on the midfield were our colleagues had an urge over and went on grab those three quick goals. At the half time, we told the boys not give them any space at the same time pushing forward to get goals. We tried to come back into the game, but the damage was already done in the first. We lost it in the first,” said Nyambose.
Nyambose, however, said their focus has now been shifted to their next game against Tigers FC at Mulanje Park Stadium on Sunday.
“Today’s game is water under the bridge. We will fight our own battles,” he emphasized.
Bullets now top the log table with 45 points from 19 games, followed by Mighty Be Forward Wanderers with 37 points from 18 games. Wanderers condemned Civil Sporting to a 0-1 defeat at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe. They got their goal through man-of-the-match Yamikani Chester.
Silver Strikers, who beat Mzuni FC 1-0, are third with 36 points from 18 games. Forward Khuda Muyaba netted for the homeside.
Elsewhere, TN Stars maintained their perfect run with a 2-1 home win over Moyale FC at Kasungu Stadium. Juma Liwata and Ian Chinyama netted for TN Stars while Kondwani Ngoma scored for the visitors.
TN Stars are sixth with 24 points from 18 games while Moyale are on tenth position with 21 points from the same number of games.
Nchalo United and Mafco FC pocked a point each after settling for a barren draw at Kalulu Stadium. Nchalo United are anchoring the table with 11 points from 18 games, a point behind Mafco who have played 17 games.