Sweet start  for Triangle

Triangle United.............................(2) 2
Ngezi Platinum Stars.....................(1) 1

TRIANGLE United had to hold on for dear life in the second period before eventually shutting out Ngezi Platinum Stars and win their opening 2019 Castle Lager Premiership match at Gibbo Stadium yesterday.

The Sugar Sugar Boys scored early in the second half from the spot after Russel Madamombe beat Ngezi goalkeeper Nelson Chadya from 12 yards out.

Ngezi, who finished last season in second place, equalised through a well-taken free kick by new signing Barnabas Mushunje in the 28th minute that deceived the home side’s goalkeeper Chang Marion.
Centre back Kudzai Chigwida restored Triangle’s lead seven minutes before the break.

In the second period, Ngezi threw everything at the home side but they could not find a way through Marion.
Triangle coach Taurai Mangwiro was pleased with the resilience shown by his side especially in that second period when they were under severe pressure from the home side.

“We faced a very determined opponent and what we did right was to take the game to them in the early stages,” Mangwiro said.
“We were unlucky not to have surged ahead in the first minutes and we kept probing and got the penalty. 

“Where we needed a cushioning goal, we somehow allowed them to claw back into the game and they punished us with a well-taken free kick; our goalkeeper misjudged the trajectory of the ball.
“We did well to recover and in the second half, we had to take in a lot of pressure from a very good opponent, who I feel had two very good chances when we failed to defend but in the end we deserved won.”
New Ngezi Platinum coach Erol Akbay was disappointed by his team for gifting Triangle both goals.

“I think we lost because of two stupid mistakes; one was by my goalkeeper and the other by my player,” the Dutchman said.
“We knew Triangle would play long balls and crosses; they are very physical but the problem is how do you react to this game plan?

“In the first half we didn’t react very good and in the second half we tried to play football and we created a number of good chances than our opponent.

“In football if you create more chances than your opponent it’s OK and that’s why I cannot complain about our game. 
“We played very good but you have to score.”

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