Gunners boost survival hopes

HARARE - Gunners finally kick-started their Castle Premiership survival quest with a well-earned victory over high-flying Monomotapa yesterday.

The victory instils some hope in Gunners’ survival ambitions as they leapfrogged two places in the positive on the log standings with just three games remaining before the season ends.

Gunners, however, are not out of the woods yet as they occupy the last relegation slot with 25 points; three points shy of Black Mambas.

Their current predicament seemed to spur them on yesterday as they showed signs of brilliance to down Monomotapa, who had been enjoying a rich vein in form in recent matches.

Chando Kupisa got the decisive goal through Tapiwa Dephistara in the 63rd minute.

The home side dominated the match and could have sealed victory with a wider margin had their strikers been clinical in front of goal.

Ismael Lawe, Willard Gondo and Justice Jangano all failed to bury good chances.

Monoz were also left to thank goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi, who pulled off some impressive saves to keep his side in the match.

Sadly, Mukandi did not get the same inspirational performance from his teammates, who failed to fashion any clear chances in the match.

Monoz’s only promising move came in the early opening minutes of the match with Russell Madamombe testing Gunners goalie Clayton Dombo with a glancing header.

Gunners quickly fought off the ropes, Lawe coming close in the 43rd minute after breaking loose in inside the box but his lack of composure saw him shooting straight into the hands of Mukandi with the yarning goal at his mercy.

Gunners started the second stanza with aplomb.

Lawe though missed a sitter after some route one football from Dombo that left him only with the keeper to beat, but the former Motor Action forward chipped wide with Mukandi a beaten man.

Dephistara finally put his side into the lead cracking a low shot following a Gondo’s rebounded effort.

Fearing the worst Monoz coach thrust in usual starters Kuda Musharu and Tawanda Nyamandwe but their introduction failed to yield any positive result.

In fact, it was Gunners who could have extended their lead through second half substitute Elenmore Rhappozzo whose powerful header drew the best from Mukandi.

Gunners wind up their season with matches against Harare City, Motor Action and Chicken Inn.

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