AmaTuks ease pressure

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Thabo Mnyamane’s solitary goal handed the University of Pretoria a much needed 1-0 victory over Platinum Stars yesterday at the Tuks Stadium in Pretoria.

Steve Barker’s charges had failed to collect points in their last three league encounters and the victory, the first of the year, lifts the cloud of anxiety that was hanging over the club.

Mynamane got the break in the 32nd minute after capitalising on Vuyo Mere’s defensive slip-up to put one past Stars shot-stopper, his second goal in his second start in the top tier.

Lindokuhle Mbatha though, made a monumental run, late in the first half, to sneak past Tuks’ defence but failed to make anything off the ball when confronted by Washinton Arubi.

A freekick was awarded for a foul by Buhle Mkhwanazi on Henrico Botes just before the break, but a direct shot at goal from Mogakolodi Ngele went over the crossbar sending Stars into temporary panic mode.

Mnyamane’s goal was the only thing separating the sides when the referee sent them to half-time deliberations.

The visitors found themselves under constant bombardment with their defence looking frail when Geofrey Massa missed a one-on-one opportunity with Mpontshane in the 68th minute and another seconds from time.

Meanwhile Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Maritzburg United 2-1 to collect three valuable points that saw the Clive Barker’s men move to 12th on Premiership standings.

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