Monoz through to next round

BEITBRIDGE - Zimbabwe international hopeful Ronald Chitiyo bagged a memorable hattrick as Monomotapa secured a Mbada Diamonds Cup quarterfinal berth after beating Hardbody 3-2 here yesterday.

Monoz now face in form Highlanders, who dismissed Blue Rangers 2-1 at Barboufields Stadium yesterday.

Jacob Muzvokomba and Piniel Manhope weighed in with the goals for Hardbody in a blitz 30 minutes that yielded four goals.

Monoz got off to a dream start as this usually serene border town of Beitbridge came alive yesterday.

The 2008 Zimbabwe champions raced into the lead just 35 seconds into the match courtesy of Chitiyo who benefitted from a well worked move by Zimbabwe youth international Russell Madamombe.

Two minutes later, Madamombe and Chitiyo once again re-ignited their chemistry when they combined well with the later firing a cracker that Alexender Useni, in goals for Hardbody, could only watch as it nestled into the back of his net.

The Gweru-based outfit however were right back in it eight minutes into the game when Morgen Mungombe handled inside the box with Mdlindle Ndebele rightfully pointing to the spot.

Muzvokomba took the responsibility and stepped but saw his effort well saved by Monoz goalie Artwell Mukandi making a sensational return to the ground were he had his debut with Kiglon back in 2009.

However, Mukandi was adjudged to have moved off his line before the penalty was taken with Muzvokomba making no mistake with his second bite of the cherry.

On the half-hour mark when Manhope headed home after being set up by Irvine Mungwamba and Hardbody well and truly back in it.

However, it was Monoz who continued to dictate the pace with Madamombe, Chitiyo and Kuda Musharu proving a handful for the Hardbody defence.

Hillary Mugoniwa’s rifled effort was tipped over the bar by Useni as Monoz kept launching wave after wave of attacks.

Chitiyo secured victory for Monoz in the 59th minute after he ghosted his down the blind side to tap in Musharu’s inch perfect cross.

The former Douglas Warriors player walked away $500 richer courtesy of cup sponsors Mbada after winning man of the match award.

Monoz coach Biggie Zuze was happy with the result whilst Hardbody assistant coach Conrad Nyambabvu conceded his club was concentrating on PSL relegation dog fight.

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