FC Platinum in big win

ZVISHAVAVNE - FC Platinum bounced back from the midweek defeat to Dynamos by hammering Triangle 4-0 in a one-sided Castle Premiership match at Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane on Saturday.

The platinum miners came into yesterday’s match still aggrieved by the 1-0 loss to the defending champions on Wednesday through a hotly contested Ocean Mushure penalty.

To their credit, the FC Platinum put in a polished performance against the Chiredzi-based sugar cane farmers.   

The home side opened the scoring in the 14th minute through full back Qadr Amin with a sweetly timed volley off a Marshall Mudehwe corner kick.

Two minute later, the platinum miners were 2-0 up when Simon Shoko beat Triangle goalie Edmund Chimhini with a low shot.

Steven Sibanda scored the third for the home side five minutes after the halftime break when his free kick caught Chimhini off guard.

The Triangle keeper was off his line when Sibanda struck the dead ball and when was unable to adjust his position as the ball went in.

Michelle Katsvairo completed the rout when he scored the home side’s fourth goal in the 71st minute.

With Triangle surging forward to try and get a consolation goal, Platinum were able to turn over possession and launched a quick counter attack.

Sibanda fed Katsaviro, who was able to beat Chimhini with a low shot.

FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa was elated with the victory following the disappointment in midweek when they lost to DeMbare.

“It’s pleasing to win with such a big margin,” Mutasa said. “We played well and deserved to win. Our defence was resolute as evidenced by our ability to maintain a clean sheet in the match.”

Triangle coach Biggie Zuze was disappointed with his players’ performance considering that they came into yesterday’s match high on confidence after walloping Buffaloes 5-1 in midweek.

Yesterday, Triangle were a different side and were made to pay for their sloppiness by the home side.

“I think we are becoming known for all the wrong reasons as we have suddenly become accustomed to donating possession and goals easily,” Zuze said.

“We played well but lacked precision upfront. We had chances and they (Platinum) also had theirs which they converted.

“The result was not a true reflection of the match as we had a lot of chances but our execution was very poor.”

With the win, FC Platinum moved into eighth place on the log with 12 points while Triangle remained in the relegation zone in 13th place with eight points.

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