This was the last match for the year 2019 and the last for the first round. The heat was on and the grass dry which affected the rhythm of our game. The opponent was always first on the ball and we were always a second late.
Our midfield press was to loose and we never fought for first ball nor second balls against a very physical team with good work ethic but very limited technical ability except long balls played to Shalulile who proved to be handful to our defenders. The opponent got themselves ahead by snatching a goal from a corner kick when Rae headed unchallenged.
The score was 1:0. We kept trying but our players rook long to listen to a basic instruction where we needed to hold our full backs lower so that we created the space behind opponent wingbacks. As soon as we did that, we created enough opportunities. Makhubela had his chance hit the cross when there was only goalkeeper to beat. Teams went to the break at 1;0. The officials really made our job difficult through their incompetence.
The second half resumed and we looked more dangerous and Sibeko missed an open net and got another two chances but failed to convert. Mutizwa also had two chances, Shitolo, Makhubela had chances as well but we were blunt in front of goal. The opponent were awarded a very dubious penalty and they made it 2:0.
We tried but nothing came through and the match ended 2:0.
Our next encounter, which would mark the start of the second round is on the 3rd January 2020.