There were a couple of surprise results, and a whole lot of goals – 26 in eight games – during what was an action packed afternoon of NFD Nedbank Cup competition qualifying games on Tuesday.
MTHATHA BUCKS 2-0 CAPE TOWN ALL STARS – MTHATHA STADIUM
Mthatha Bucks brushed off their poor form in the league to beat a Cape Town All Stars side that are third on the NFD standings. The Eastern Cape side made the perfect start when they took the lead with only six minutes on the clock through Siphelele Jonasi. It was 2-0 just nine minutes later when veteran striker Moses Spandeel netted his fourth goal for the club this season, the hosts able to hold on for the win.
WITBANK SPURS 0-2 SANTOS – PUMA RUGBY STADIUM
Santos gained revenge for their earlier season league defeat to Spurs, the Cape side taking the lead seven minutes before the break through Brent Adonis. The visiting team were to double their lead in the 57th minute via a Devin Saal goal and were able to hold on comfortably for the win.
HIGHLANDS PARK 4-3 MILANO UNITED – MAKHULONG STADIUM
First half goals by Mothobi Mvala, Thando Mdluli, Richard Matloga and Ryan Rae made it seem as if the hosts had the game in the bag at half time.
But the Cape side fought back valiantly, falling just one goal short of taking the match to extra time as Gregory Roelf and a goal from Taariq Fielies nearly brought them back into the contest.
AMAZULU 4-1 THANDA ROYAL ZULU – PRINCESS MAGOGO STADIUM
AmaZulu were off to a blistering start, going 2-0 up inside 20 minutes as Bornwell Mwape struck with a close range effort after Tshepo Liphoko’s before Goodman Dlamini slammed in a powerful drive.
Thanda were however able to reduce the deficit before the break thanks to Nzuzo Luthuli, who latched onto a loose ball after Sage Stephens had only been able to parry the initial effort. But Usuthu wrapped up proceedings in the 80th minute when Tapelo Nyongo headed in from Petrus Shitembi’s corner kick before Nkanyiso Zungu fired in a superb free kick moments later.
BAROKA FC 1-0 ROYAL EAGLES – OLD PETER MOKABA STADIUM
Baroka FC were able to edge out Royal Eagles, thanks to an own goal by Lesego Manganyi on 46 minutes.
VASCO DA GAMA 2-3 MBOMBELA UNITED – PAROW PARK
The sides went into the break deadlocked at one goal a piece after Matthew Rowell netted for the visitors, while Cohen Stander was on target for the Mpumalanga outfit. But while Kirizestom Ntambi was able to get on the score-sheet for the Cape team in the second half, a second half brace from substitute Bongani Ndhlovu proved the difference on the day.
MOROKA SWALLOWS 4-0 F.C. CAPE TOWN – DOBSONVILLE STADIUM
Swallows were 1-0 up at the interval courtesy of Hector Zulu. The home side the struck gold in the second stanza as a goal from Repo Malepe, a Rudolf Bester strike and a Thabo Moloi own goal made it an afternoon to remember for the Birds faithful.
AFRICAN WARRIORS 1 (1) -1 (3) BLACK LEOPARDS – CHARLES MOPELI STADIUM
After Warriors had drawn first blood through Tsietsi Maduna, Leopards were to pull a level matters in the second half through Khunadi Nkoana, the match going into extra time and then penalties as the score-line remained locked at 1-1. Lidoda Duvha were to hold their nerve in the shoot-out as they emerged 3-1 victors.