Mamelodi Sundowns, Golden Arrows and Polokwane City continue to battle it out in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC), all three teams winning this weekend.
Sundowns maintained their position at the top of the MDC standings by virtue of a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Jomo Cosmos at Olen Park on Sunday.
With second-placed Golden Arrows and Polokwane City, in third, also securing wins, Ntando Ngubane’s strike in injury time was all the more important for the title-challenging Downs.
Shane Thompson had opened the scoring for Ezenkosi after half an hour, but a resolute Downs were back on level terms just three minutes after the restart through Matlala Makgalwa before Ntando Ngubane made sure of the points in the dying minutes of the tie.
The result sees Cosmos occupy ninth place with 13 points from 11 matches, some 14 points adrift of their opponents this weekend.
Golden Arrows, meanwhile, remained just two points off the pace with their 3-2 win over Chippa United at the Wolfson Stadium.
Mhlengi Cele netted first for the Chilli Boys on 31 minutes with Arrows back on level terms minutes before the half-time interval through Andile Fikizolo.
Yurigg Conwood inadvertently beat his own keeper to hand Abafana Bes’thende the lead for the first time in the match before Fikizolo seemingly put the game to bed with his second with three minutes remaining.
And despite Joseph Mkhonto netting a penalty late on for the hosts, Arrows were able to hold on to all three points to stay in second place with Chippa down in 15th spot.
Elsewhere, Polokwane City’s 2-1 victory over the University of Pretoria at Loftus Stadium, also on Sunday, saw them remain within touching distance of the top two sides, on 23 points from their 11 matches played.
Rise and Shine took a six minute lead through Muzikayifani Ngidi with William Baloyi adding a second 10 minutes into the second half. Claudio De Almeida pulled a goal back for AmaTuks with 79 minutes on the clock, but it proved to be a little too late for the eighth-placed side.
Bidvest Wits, meanwhile, returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 win over SuperSport United. It took a 91st-minute goal from Liam Jordan to secure all three points and move the Clever Boys to within a solitory point of Matsatsantsa, in sixth place with 15 points.
Bloemfontein Celtic though enjoyed a torrid time at home on Saturday as they went down 2-1 to Platinum Stars. Dikwena needed barely a minute to find their feet with Neo Links hitting the back of the net with the fans barely in their seats.
Jesse Seekoei managed to find an equaliser late in the first half but Siwelele’s joy was to be short-lived as Tebogo Khasipe saw red shortly after the restart before a Ruele Modise penalty sealed Celtic’s fate.
In other matches, Orlando Pirates were able to pull away from near the foot of the table to move level on points with Free State Stars following their 1-0 victory over Dikwena – into 12th place with 12 points – Roger Majafa scoring the only goal of the game on 74 minutes.
And in the final match of the weekend, Kaizer Chiefs were held to a 2-2 draw by bottom-side Mpumalanga Black Aces, at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday morning.
Amakhosi had opened up a two-goal lead through Benny Malope after just 12 minutes of play and Nkululeko Buthelezi on 38 minutes. But the hosts were always going to be on the back foot after letting Junior Thobela reduce the deficit just three minutes into the second stanza. And try as they might with ten men; Chiefs were ultimately undone as Bhongolethu Jayiya slotted home from the penalty spot with 70 minutes on the clock.