Peter Mutharika Southern Region Women Football League defending champions Blantyre Zero on Sunday beat Ntopwa Super Queens 1-0 at Chiwembe ground in Blantyre.
Sheila Dimba scored in the 60th minute to put smiles on the faces of Blantyre Zero players, officials and fans.
Dimba took advantage of a communication breakdown between defenders Esnart Kayera and Naomi Fatchi to win possession of the ball and fire a long-range shot past goalkeeper Mwayi Kasiya.
Kasiya, who usually plays as a striker, was in goals in place of Ndaziona Sikelo who was down with malaria.
The win has helped Blantyre Zero to consolidate their lead at the top of the nine-team league. They now have six points more than second-placed Zomba City Queens whereas Ntopwa Queens have maintained the third slot despite the defeat.
Blantyre Zero coach Abel Mkandawire said his team struggled to win because the pitch was waterlogged.
“My girls are not used to playing on a waterlogged pitch. Nevertheless, I should admit that Ntopwa played well today,” Mkandawire said.
Ntopwa Queens team manager Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman thanked his players for giving the defenfing champions tough time on the pitch.