An epic Derby battle took place today as we took on AmaZulu FC at King Zwelithini Stadium in the Diski Shield competition.
After being 3 goals up, we were holding on in the end for the win as AmaZulu threw all that they had at us in the dying minutes looking for an equaliser.
From the first minute it was clear that we were in for an entertaining game of soccer today. AmaZulu came onto the pitch and showed early intentions of opening the scoring. A well organised defence made sure that this would not be the case, and they worked hard to make sure that the attacking plays from Ntsundwana were dealt with as he pushed into the final third.
After consolidating on the park and finding their rhythm, we began to gain some confidence. This was evident in the play as we began attacking the hosts lines.
Khwela opened the scoring off a well struck range attempt that caught AmaZulu keeper, Boshoff, off guard. This turned the game for us and the boys began playing more fluidly.
Ten minutes later Conco doubled the lead as he found the back of the net. AmaZulu had a number of chances to pull one back before the break, but were unable to do so.
In the second half it was once again us who struck first. Pushing into the final third and frustrating the opponents, they eventually conceded a penalty after Maphumulo was brought down in the box. Conco made sure of his mark and took the lead up to three.
The persistence of the hosts paid off in the 65th minute though, with Shangase finding the back of the net.
We were then reduced to 10 players as Mgwazela made a dangerous late tackle on Shangase on the side line. AmaZulu took advantage of this by putting pressure on the defenders. Another late tackle in the box gave the home side the opportunity to pull another goal back and Shangase did the honours for the club. Reducing the lead to just a goal with 8 minutes of official time left.
The team dug deep to defend the lead, and managed to do so for the remainder of the time left to play.
Another 3 points in the bag and a strong win once again for the boys
The next game in the Shield competition is next weekend, against Maritzburg United.