A brace for Lerato Lamola and a goal for Velemseni Ndwandwe secured us a 3-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the ABSA Premiership tonight at Princess Magogo Stadium.
A solid and positive start to the game paid off in the 4th minute as Lamola curled a shot around Chiefs last defender and Khune after receiving the ball in the box. His shot tucked just into the far post to put us in the lead.
The remainder of the half was a positive one. We used the ball well and took it to the opposition as we looked to solidify the lead we had secured. Lamola was unlucky not to score again in the first 45 after keeping the Amakhosi defenders under pressure with help form Ndwandwe, Magubane and Venter.
Great play in the middle of the field saw us turn over some promising ball. Zuke did well on a number of occasions to feed both wings, and create pockets we could attack from.
We should have gone into the lead before the break, seeing as Castro received a red card in the 16th minute, but a determined Chiefs team managed to pull one back in the 43rd minute off the boot of Parker.
Returning from the break, we made an early change with Danny Phiri returning to the field after a long recovery. He made an impact from the first second, linking up well with Venter and Ndwandwe.
Lamola was well placed to get his second goal. A play up the near side with a well timed cross found him ready to pounce in the box. He connected the ball well and got it underneath Khune.
The introduction of Mahachi did wonders for our attack shortly after. He, Ndwandwe and Lamola terrorized the defence.
There were passages of play when we allowed Chiefs back into the game. Some free kicks were conceded close to the box and again Mbaeva did his job well tonight to make some great saves.
Ndwandwe was awarded for an outstanding game in the 4th minute of extra time when he found the back of the net and made sure of the win for us.
Every player on the field needs to be commended for a well played game tonight. The team played as a unit and this was evident from the result.
A great result for us ahead of Saturdays home game against Platinum Stars.