Marere goal sinks Dongo

RUSAPE - How Mine picked up their first win of the 2015 Castle Premiership season after subduing a spirited Dongo Sawmills 1-2 in a closely contested encounter here yesterday.

Wonder Sithole drew first blood for the visitors during a rain socked afternoon in the fifth.

The leagues debutants rallied back and were level 14 minutes from time through Kelvin Katindika’s strike.

Second half substitute Benjamin Marere, however, broke the home supporters’ hearts when headed home the winner for How mine four minutes before the end.

It was a welcome win for Luke Masomere and his side, who were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Chapungu in their opening match of the season last weekend.

“I have seven players on my injury list and I’m happy with the performance of the boys today,” Masomere said.

Dongo Sawmills gaffer Shadreck Mugurasave felt his side lost due to schoolboy blunders they made at the back.

“The match was fair and balanced. We only conceded because of simple defensive mistakes,” Mugurasave said.

For the first goal, the Dongo defence was guilty of ball watching allowing Sithole all the time to find his spot after goalmouth scramble during a corner kick.

After conceding, the home side were lucky not to g down further when Chiredzi-based referee Jimmy Makwanda waved away the visitors’ appeal for a penalty when a goal-bound Limited Chikafa was bundled inside the box.

After the break, Dongo were the better side with and Martin Nyazira almost equaliser when his header went over by a few inches.

Martin Tapatapa, Evans Chikwaikwai and Derek Chitsanzara all had good chance to beat How Mine goalie Bernard Donavan but they fluffed their lines.

With the clock ticking away, Katandika then produced a wonderful strike from the edge of the box to draw level.

Marere, however, had the last say as his header silenced the home fans.

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