Action picked up in Week 2 of the M-League as two teams in Division 1 worked their way out of tough games at the Oleai Sports Complex Field last Sunday.
Wild Bill's had a tension-filled debut and pulled off a 3-2 win over Tan Holdings, which came off an easy 2-0 win in the league opener against Inter Godfather's before falling short in its second assignment. The Wild Bill's-Tan Holding's match was so intense that several players were cautioned and ejected from the game.
Jack Thoensaket was one of the players cautioned in the first half, but he made up for the infraction in the second half after scoring the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute. Thoensaket earned two goals in their close win, drilling his first in the 42nd minute. Two minutes before his goal, Tanapon Unsa put Wild Bill's in the scoreboard and they went on to end the first half with a 2-1 lead. Sung Su broke the ice in the 36th minute to give Tan Holding's the temporary lead before Wild Bill's gained back-to-back goals.
Tan Holding's then equalized off Lee Epperson's goal just three minutes into the second half.
Inter Godfather's 2, Paire 1
In the second game, Inter Godfather's recovered from its debut loss after outclassing Paire.
Peter Loken connected on a pair of goals, including the game-winning one just eight minutes before the match ended.
It was a come-from-behind win for Inter, as Paire took a 1-0 lead off Tyler Wilsey's goal in the 59th minute. Paire hung on to the driver's seat midway in the second half before Loken hit his first goal in the 78th minute and then tricked Paire's defense anew four minutes later.
Matansa 8, Kanoa FC 2
Matansa had a rousing debut in Division 2 after whipping Kanoa Resort FC.
Chiraj Chhetri led Matansa with his four goals, while Ho Jin Woo had a pair, and Kamrul and Bir Tamang contributed one apiece.
Kanoa (0-0-2) drew one goal each from youth players Marc Mora and Sean Perez.
MP United 8, Shirley's 1
Also cruising to an easy win in Division 2 was MP United (2-0-0), which crushed Shirley's FC last Wednesday night.
Joe Miller was unstoppable for MP United, as he drilled five goals. Feng Chun Jin, Zheng Xu, and Jireh Yobech added one apiece for the Division 2 leader.
Shirley's lone goal in its debut was courtesy of Raymond Zapanta.