Brothers Union continued their fine form in the second phase and also brought an end to Arambagh Krira Sangha's brilliant run in the Bangladesh Premier League, winning Sunday's 15th round match 2-1 at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong.
Brothers have earned 10 points from their last four matches, winning three and drawing one. The Gopibagh outfit leapfrogged their opponents into the top half of the points table, climbing two places up to fifth with 21 points from 15 matches.
Prior to Sunday's defeat, Arambagh had the fewest number of league losses this season. Arambagh now find themselves at sixth position with one point less than Brothers.
In-form Nigerian striker Nkowcha Kingsley gave Brothers the lead with only three minutes into the clock, in the process bagging his 14th league goal this season.
Haitian forward Augustin Walson netted his 10th league goal to double the margin in the 25th minute.
Mohammad Sajidur Rahman's header in the 63rd minute pulled one back for Arambagh.
Meanwhile in the day's other match at the same venue, Uttar Baridhara Club moved out of the bottom of the relegation zone after quite a while as they shocked 10-man Rahmatganj MFS with a 2-0 win. Feni Soccer Club are now mired at the bottom of the 12-team standings.
Monir Alam took the lead for Uttar Baridhara in the 73rd minute before Khalekuzzaman Sabuj doubled the lead in the 86th minute.
Rahmatganj were then reduced to 10 men when Eleta Benjamin Jr received his marching orders in the second half.
After winning only two matches in 11 attempts in the first phase, Uttar Baridhara revived themselves in the second phase, clinching two victories from four matches. They are now 11th with 13 points from 15 matches, three more than bottom-placed Feni.
Rahmatganj remained at fourth with 25 points from the same number of outings.
(Kingsley 3, Walson 25) 1 Arambagh
(Monir 73, Sabuj 83) 0 Rahmatganj