After seasons of playing second fiddle to Civo United in the capital city derby, Silver Strikers got it right on Sunday to bag three points.
Played in a fully packed stadium, the derby lived up to its reputation with action swinging from one side to the other.
Peter Pindani, who made a return to the first team, could have put Silver ahead in the third minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the box after Pilirani Makupeâ€™s hesitation.
He shot wide in one-to-one situation against Civoâ€™s keeper Onani Nsengwa, much to the amazement of the spectators.
Recovering from the scare, Civo started making in-roads into the home side half with Jabulani Linje, Martin Masoatheka, Nelson Kambunje and Patrick Gunde orchestrating offence.
But Silverâ€™s Chipiliro Jose, Lucky Malata and Mustapha Salim diffused the attack before reaching their goalie Alex Makina.
Civoâ€™s closest opportunity in the first-half came in the 18th minute when Kambunje was left unmarked in the box, but his resultant shot hit the post with Makina completely helpless.
The visitors almost had a lead soon after, but a bad miss from Lusekelo Mwathengere cost them the match. Overlapping defender Wyson Nkhana, formerly of Bullets, operating from the deep, played one-touch with Lazarous Chirwa to set up Mwathengere who missed miserably.
The priceless goal for the home team came 22 minutes into the second-half courtesy of former Bangwe Madrid player Ndaona Daisi who headed in the roof of the net after some poor defending from Civo defenders.
â€œIt is a great victory and this goes to the fans who have suffered a lot under Civo United domination. We hope we are now ready to dictate things in the Central Region. Despite winning the league, playing second fiddle to Civo has been a sore,â€ said Silver coach Thom Mkorongo.
His counterpart Alex Masanjala conceded defeat, saying: it was anybodyâ€™s game. â€œThey scored a lucky goal and got away with it. I am still proud of my boys,â€ said Masanjala.
With the win, Silver now have opened a four-point lead at the top. They now have 21 points, Red Lions are second on 18 points, despite Sundayâ€™s 0-0 draw against Big Bullets in Zomba. Civo are third, also on 18 points.
In other matches, Blue Eagles rose from Saturdayâ€™s loss to Bvumbwe to beat Blantyre United 3-1. In the North, Kabwafu FC lost 2-0 to visiting Azam Tigers.