Hwange in dramatic win

ZVISHAVANE - Striker Aleck Marime scored a stoppage time winner as Hwange came from two goals down to beat FC Platinum in a Castle Premiership match at Mandava Stadium on Saturday.

Right-back Erick Chipeta was the architect of the memorable win as he scored one goal direct from a corner kick and was involved in the other two goals.

The platinum miners had threatened to runaway with the match when Michelle Katsviro scored in the 18th minute before a Qadr Amini penalty made it 2-0  12minutes before halftime.

Hwange, however, turned the match on its head in the second period when Marime pulled one back on 55 minutes after heading home a Chipeta corner kick.

Chipeta equalised for the coal miners when his corner kick in the 78th minute sailed over Platinum goalkeeper Talbert Shumba before going in at the far post.

With the teams headed for a draw, Hwange won a corner in the last minute of added time and it sent the entire home side defence panicking.

Another vicious Chipeta delivery from the corner kick cannoned off the upright and Marime turned in the bound to stun the home with virtually the last kick of the match.

This was Hwange’s second win from two matches and it cemented their place on top of the log standings with a maximum six points.        

Hwange coach Nation Dube was elated with the spirited performance by his charges, who appear to be a formidable side this season.

"I told my players that the second half belonged to us and they did exactly that," said Dube.

"I told them that the first half was over, go and enjoy the game. We started dictating pace in the second half.

“We are taking each game as it comes and won't get carried away by this superb show."

The Hwange hero of the day, Chipeta, echoed his coach’s sentiments and was delighted with his performance.

"We kept faith that we will win and started uplifting each other and at the end we managed to come back," Chipeta said.

"After getting the first goal we grew in confidence and FC Platinum began to panicking. At the end of the day team work carried us through."

Hwange have so far scored eight goals in two matches after beating army side Buffaloes 5-1 in the first match of the season last weekend.

FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was shell shocked after the match as he watched his side drop a two goal advantage.

"We failed to defend set pieces. We let in soft goals," is all what Mutasa could say a fulltime.

The platinum miners are yet to collect maximum points after they needed a late Thabani Kamusoko goal to equalise against Premiership debutants Chiredzi FC last weekend.

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