FC Platinum down Triangle, extend lead

TRIANGLE - FC Platinum extended their lead at the top of the Castle Premiership table to five points after edging fighting Triangle here yesterday.

Norman Mapeza’s charges rallied ahead through Nqobizita Masuku’s ninth minute strike but Tichaona Mapungwana restored parity with a screamer from outside the box eight minutes later.

Tarisai Rukanda, however, restored the visitors’ lead in the 38th minute which proved to be the winner.

With the win, coupled by a surprise defeat of second-placed CAPS United by Bulawayo City yesterday, it means Platinum are now on 42 points.  

The loss left Triangle gaffer David “Yogi” Mandigora a devastated man.

“I am very disappointed by this loss. We disappointed our supporters. We did all we could but we couldn’t score,” Mandigora said after the game.

Mapeza was, however, was full of praise for his side’s response to a morale-sapping draw at home to lowly Mutare City last week.

“It was a good game of football, my boys played good football in the first half and I knew they were going to come at us in the second half but we were disciplined in defence.

“We created a few more chances in the second half, I’m just happy for the three points. Our focus is now on the game against Chicken Inn and the preparations start now,” Mapeza said.

The win was deserved after a dominant display in which the visitors’ sleek passing game was asserted throughout the game although Triangle were dangerous on the break.

The quick-fire three-goal first half thriller, however, saw a cagey second period.

The Sugar Sugar Boys came back with greater intent with Nelson Mazivisa’s perfect header being tipped over by FC Platinum shot-stopper Petros Mhari four minutes after the interval.

With the see saw battle in full swing again Walter Musona would have put the game well beyond the home side but skied an excellent Charles Sibanda set-up in the 57th minute.

Triangle could have restored parity two minutes later when second half substitute Lameck Nhamo’s thunderbolt was smothered by Mhari.

Although both teams continued to push for a goal, there were no meaningful forays into the final third of the pitch by either team with the game having already been decided in the first period.

Teams:

Triangle: Ronald Mudimu, Brian Juwayeyi, Rodwell Mhlanga, Ralph Kawondera, Donald Dzvinyai, Kudzai Chigwida, Marvelous Mukumba, Tichaona Mapungwana, James Chivasa (Lameck Nhamo 45’), Nelson Maziwisa, Nelson Meson (Courage Denias 77’)

FC Platinum: Petros Mhari, Ian Nekati, Gift Bello, Elvis Moyo, Kevin Moyo, Winston Mhango, Rodwell Chinyengetere (Wellington Kamudyariwa 71’) , Nqobizita Masuku, Charles Sibanda, Walter Musona, Tarisai Rukanda (77’ Marshal Mudehwe)

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