PSL News 9.5.2016 10:53 am

NFD wrap: Wins for Baroka and Highlands Park

Samukelo Nkosi (r) of Highlands Park celebrates his goal with his teammates during the National First Division match between Highlands Park and Black Leopards at the Makhulong Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

Samukelo Nkosi (r) of Highlands Park celebrates his goal with his teammates during the National First Division match between Highlands Park and Black Leopards at the Makhulong Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

There were wins for the top two sides in the National First Division – Baroka FC and Highlands Park, while Mbombela United have sneaked into the play-off zone.

Vasco Da Gama 2-0 Royal Eagles – Parow Park

Eagles’ promotion hopes suffered a setback when they lost in Cape Town, the home side scoring in each half – Stanley Muishond netting in the opening half before Jarrod Moroole made it 2-0 after the break.

Baroka FC 1-0 Witbank Spurs – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

The only goal of what had been a tight game came around 10 minutes from time, Ayanda Jwara coming off the bench to secure the vital three points which keep Baroka three points above Highlands Park and knock Spurs out of the top three.

Cape Town All Stars 2-0 FC Cape Town – Athlone Stadium

The home side started strongly, going in front after 11 minutes when Paseka Mako capitilised on some uncertain defending. The lead was doubled on 33 minutes when Thembinkosi Lorch’s shot was deflected, the ball just crossing over the line. The African Beasts pushed hard for a goal in the second half, but could not break down a well-organised Igugu Lekapa defence.

Mbombela United 5-3 African Warriors – Kanyamazane Stadium

Lebogang Maboe (9th minute) opened proceedings before Thamsanqa Ngema leveled it in the 20th minute. Bheki Malida (25th) put Mbombela back in front, only for Bonginkosi Nxumalo to make it 2-2 with his 39ht minute goal.

Victor Shongwe put the Mpumalanga side in the lead when he scored from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half. The fourth goal was added 12 minutes from time, Siyethemba Mnguni doing the business before Mlungisi Nkosi got goal number five in the 82nd minute. Mzwandile Qwela got a late consolation for the Free State side when he scored in the 93rd minute.

Highlands Park 2-0 Black Leopards – Makhulong Stadium

A goal from Samukelo Nkosi ensured a first half lead for the Lions of the North. Mothobi Mvala registered in the second stanza in Tembisa, keeping Highlands within three points of Baroka.

Meanwhile, there were important wins on Sunday afternoon for two of Cape Town’s NFD clubs – Santos and Milano United.

Santos 1-0 Moroka Swallows

Zeca Marques saw his Santos side beating his former employers as the Peoples’ Team moved five points clear of the relegation zone, while Swallows remain in 15th spot.

The first half saw the Gauteng side enjoying the better of the chances, but Edwin Sitayitayi, Clifford Mulenga and Msekeli Mvalo failed to make use of their opportunities.

The Peoples’ Team took the lead on 76 minutes, captain Tyren Arendse beating Aubrey Mathibe from the penalty spot after Shafeeq Arendse was ruled to have been fouled inside the Birds’ box. Both sides had chances to alter the score-line in an exciting last 15 minutes, but the hosts were able to see out the win.

AmaZulu 0-1 Milano United

Milano moved within three points of the play-off zone after edging out AmaZulu at the Princess Magogo Stadium.

The only goal of the game came after 10 minutes, Gregory Roelf beating Sage Stephens. Goodman Dlamini had the chance to equalize three minutes later, but shot over the bar after being one on one with the Kinnes’ keeper.

Thanda Royal Zulu FC v Mthatha Bucks: Postponed

The National First Division fixture between Thanda Royal Zulu and Mthatha Bucks scheduled for Umhlathuze Sport Complex in Richards Bay was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.

The PSL has confirmed that this fixture will be replayed on Tuesday, May 10, at the same venue at 3pm.

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