Platinum feast on Chicken Inn

ZVISHAVANE - FC Platinum put up a splendid second half performance scoring two goals in five minutes to subdue a determined Chicken Inn in a Castle Larger Premiership match at Mandava Stadium yesterday.

With the win, the Zvishavane-based side moved into fourth place with 45 points while the Gamecocks remained in sixth place with 41 points.

It was a battle of tactical wits between Mornan Mapeza and Joey Antipas and the former emerged victorious.

Chicken Inn had an upper hand in the first half but could not convert their dominance into goals.

The visitors congested the midfield with Brian Juru and Thabani Goredema forming an impenetrable line in front of their defence.

The hosts failed to play their normal passing game resorting to long balls that were ably dealt with by the Chicken Inn defence.

In the second half, Mapeza brought in Zambian Obrey Chirwa for the struggling Ashley Mukwenya.

The move paid dividends as the pace of Chirwa complimented by hard running Donald Ngoma stretched the Chicken Inn defence.

The stretched visitors' defence capitulated when Ben Nyahunzvi, who had come on for the injured Moses Jackson, brought down Ngoma outside the box.

Thabani Kamusoko opened the scoring from the set piece as he beat Gamecocks keeper Elvis Chipezeze at his near post.

The hosts increased the lead five minutes later when Ngoma headed in a cross from Chirwa from the right.

FC Platinum broke on a counter attack using his Chirwa’s blistering pace and he sent in a cross for the striker for an easy header.

Mapeza was buoyed by the victory saying it resonates well with their push for a top four finish.

“We are in the right direction. The top four finish fight is going on well and we need to remain focused,” said Mapeza.

Antipas was left to rue the failure of converting their first half dominance into goals as they now return to Bulawayo without a point.

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