Platinum stems bad patch

HARARE - FC Platinum finally ended their three-match winless streak with a win over Blue Rangers in a Castle Lager Premiership encounter at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

The platinum miners lost 2-0 to defending champions Dynamos in a mid-week fixture at Rufaro last Wednesday having succumbed at home 0-3 to Monomotapa previously.

On August 19, the Zvishavane-based side were held to a disappointing nil-all draw away to Hardbody at Ascot Stadium.

William Manondo scored probably the fastest goal of the 2012 season when he netted 10 seconds into the match.

Straight from the kick-off Benjamin Marere lofted the ball into the Rangers half where Manondo had made his run without any defenders picking up his run.

Manondo beat a couple of defenders before slotting his shot past a surprised Pedzisai Gumiremhete in goals for Blue Rangers.

With the home supporters still celebrating their early goal Rangers were back in it three minutes later when Thabani Kamusoko scored past his own goalkeeper Francis Tizayi.

Kamusoko was trying to clear the ball while under the challenge of Rangers forward David Temwanjira, who was trying to get to the end of MacDonald Motsi’s cross.

The home side restored their lead in the 30th minute when a Joel Ngodzo shot deflected off Rangers defender Paul Maradzanye beating Gumiremhete for the second time.

 In the second half FC Platinum began with a similar high tempo and thought they had scored a third but Manondo’s strike was justifiably disallowed for offside by referee Mlindeli Ndebele.

The visitors also had a Temwanjira goal ruled offside in the 72nd minute.

After the match, the home side coach Tendai Chikuni was relieved for getting the three points.

“I’m pleased with the win it was always going to be difficult playing against a team that is fighting relegation. We could have won by a wider margin if we had made maximum use of the numerous chances that we created,” Chikuni told the Daily News on Sunday.

Blue Rangers assistant coach Garikai Mukangaira said: “On the first goal we failed to defend and we went on to repeat the same mistake on the second goal but I also believe that our goal that was disallowed should have stood even though the referee’s decision is final.”

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