A last-gasp Ronald Chitiyo strike helped Monomotapa cancel FC Platinum’s late lead in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro yesterday.
FC Platinum…(0) 1
REPORT BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Daniel Vheremu’s headed goal off a Ray Sibanda corner kick, three minutes before time, thrust the platinum miners ahead.
Monoz’s search for the equaliser seemed painful and elusive as Kuda Musharu’s goal was ruled offside by referee Ruzive Ruzive, a minute into injury time.
But Chitiyo sensationally equalised in the fifth minute of added time, in the same fashion Dynamos defender Partson Jaure denied Highlanders three points last month.
With one point gained, FC Platinum dislodged Highlanders at the top with 21 points.
But their stay on top could last for just 24 hours if Highlanders beat How Mine this afternoon.
The match promised to be a high-scoring one in the early stages as Charles Rukwanhi’s shot was saved by FC Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari four minutes into play and a minute later Nelson Mazivisa beat an offside trap only to be denied by Monoz goalie Tapiwa Zvaita in a face-to-face situation.
Mazivisa struggled all afternoon and again fluffed a glorious opportunity facing Zvaita seven minutes into the second half.
Monomotapa coach Biggie Zuze was not complaining about the result.
“This was a very exciting match from both sides. To us, it is a fair result considering we escaped defeat though I feel we should have won it in the first half where we missed some chances. When they were leading us we never lost hope because a game of football ends with the final whistle,” said Zuze.
Chilumba appeared a dejected man after his team surrendering their lead.
“Of course I am [saddened], we gave up our lead. We lacked concentration at the end of the match and we paid for it,” said Chilumba.
…as Mighty Bulls beat Shabanie Mine
Report by By Jermaine Hangazha
Motor Action. . . (2) 2
Shabanie Mine . . . (1) 1
A brilliant goal by Fungai Chirinda and a late surge by Shabanie Mine was not enough to overturn Motor Action’s early 2-1 lead in a Caste Lager Premier Soccer League match at Motor Action Sports Club yesterday.
Misheck Mburayi registerd his name very early on the score sheet after he made a superb finish to Clement Matawu’s rebound header in the first minute.
The Mighty Bulls doubled their lead in the 15th minute through Dillan Chivandire who scored with a clinical strike inside the 18 yard box.
Shabanie Mine pulled one back through Fungai Chirinda in the 39th minute, but Motor Action managed to withstand a barrage from Luke Masomere’s side to earn a 2-1 victory.