As soon as the draw was made and we had drawn TS GALAXY, there was an uneasy excitement that left a feeling we had already made the final. This feel and premature assumption was based on the fact that TS GALAXY were from a lower division.
Little did we realize that it was a tricky fixture where the opponent had nothing to lose. We performed below our normal standards throughout the match. Even though we were not at our best we managed to create enough chances to win the match.
Besides scoring from a penalty we had a great opportunity to kill the match off in the 90th minute. Mutizwa went 1v1 with the keeper and hit the upright. The opponent turned over possession and won a free kick in our defensive zone and furthermore conceded a corner.
The resulting corner was headed into our own net by our own player and it was 1:1 and the 90 minutes came to an end. The match went to extra 30 minutes.
We were very poor in the last 30 minutes. Our team lacked the energy, started cramping and had no legs. The opponent was better on the ball and deep in the second half of the extra time they unlocked our defence and made it 1:2.
We failed to respond and the third goal was conceded from what looked like an “out ball”. The score was 1:3. We never applied ourselves in this crucial match at a very unique position. We lost the match but a lot of lessons were learnt.
We looking forward to the Tuesday encounter against KAIZER CHIEFS where we fighting to end in the Top 8 bracket.