How Mine salvage point

BULAWAYO - A late equaliser from super substitute Josphat Phiri rescued How Mine from the jaws of defeat against ten-man Triangle in a Castle Premiership encounter that ended in a 1-1 draw at Luveve Stadium on Thursday.

The gold miners had fallen behind to a Limited Chikafa strike on the hour mark and looked destined for yet another home defeat before Phiri leveled matters with four minutes left on the clock.

Triangle were reduced to ten - man on 34 minutes when left back Blessing Chimwamuchere was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

Chimwamuchere, who had first been yellow-carded on 20 minutes after felling Simon Njeleza in a tussle for possession, was sent off after a deliberate handball when his team was under attack.

After the match, Triangle head coach Gishon Ntini hailed his charges for their heroic showing despite playing with a man down for a large part of the match.

"The boys endured a lot because we were reduced to ten men early in the game but what matters is that we managed to pick up a point away from home," Ntini said.

How Mine created a lot of goal scoring opportunities in the first half but these were spurned by their attackers with Simba Sithole being the chief culprit.

Luck was also not on Sithole's side on 13 minutes when his effort hit the upright and the rebound was collected by Triangle keeper Ashley Rainers.

Triangle's Courage Denias also wasted a great opportunity to give his side the lead on 25 minutes when he shot weakly at goal after taking advantage  of a mistake by the otherwise dependable How Mine skipper Herbert Dick.

The beginning of the second half saw the tale of missed chances continuing until Chikafa opened the scoring off a Pardon Chinungwa cross on 60 minutes.

Denias, who shifted to left back after the dismissal of Chimwamuchere, was denied the opportunity to give his side an insurance goal on 74 minutes when his screamer was parried for a corner by How Mine keeper Pedzisai Gumiremhete.

Triangle were made to rue that opportunity when Phiri, a second half replacement for Timothy January, slotted home from close range after his fellow substitute Nqobile Mpala had knocked a long pass from Menard Mupera onto his path.

How Mine assistant coach Philani Ncube said his charges had nearly paid the price for missing their chances.

"We wanted the three points but we missed a lot of chances and were punished," Ncube said.

"It's all part and parcel of the game and we have to focus on our next match." - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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