Castle Lager Premier Soccer League week 13 was full of explosive encounters as the much anticipated Bulawayo derby between Highlanders and How Mine ended in a one all stalemate and Triangle finally win at Gibbo Stadium.
How Mine took control of the game through Timothy January’s strike on the 11 minute as they squandered a lot chances in the first half. The visitors paid the price for their failure to score more goals in the first half that they completely dominated.
The visitors were on fire during the opening minutes and Bosso keeper Ariel Sibanda had to work overtime time to deny the gold miners the lead until the 11th minute when January found the opener.
The referee awarded Bosso the penalty after second half substitute Thomas Chideu was brought down by How Mine defender Nelson Tachi as he was trying to get a through ball inside the box that saw Highlanders scoring to level the score line. Knox Mutizwa’s second half penalty helped 10-men Bosso to salvage a point.
How Mine gaffer Luke ‘Vahombe’ Masomere was disappointed by his charges’ performance and failing to convert chances in the first half.
“We really played well, we dominated play and we could have wrapped up the game in the first half, but we missed a lot of chances,” said Masomere.
However Highlanders coach Bongani Mafu was comfortable with the result and he revealed that his charges showed quality in managing to salvage a draw.
“It was a tough match where the opponents used experience to get almost all over us, but we managed to a get a draw in the end,” revealed Mafu.
On Saturday Chicken Inn cemented their lead with a 2 – 1 victory over 10-men Chapungu at Ascot Stadium. Second half strikes by Edmore Chirambadare and Danny Phiri cancelled the first half effort by Allen Tavarwisa.
The result means that the Gamecocks as they are affectionately known go to league mini break as comfortable leaders with 29 point from 13 matches.
Harare giants Dynamos manage to salvage a point when they played ZPC Kariba at their newly base Nyamhunga Stadium in match that ended in a one all stalemate.
Action continued on Sunday when Harare City whacked debutants Dongo Sawmills 3 – 0 at Vengere Stadium, whilst Buffaloes registered their second win of the season when they walloped new comers Whawha 3 – 0.
Triangle returned to the winning ways after three games without a win and they dismissed Tsholotsho 2 – 0 and the match between Hwange and FC Platinum ended in a one all draw.
Newly promoted side Flame Lily defied all odds when they held CAPS United to a goalless draw at the National Sports Stadium.
- ZPC Kariba 1 – 1 Dynamos
- Chapungu 1 – 2 Chicken Inn
- Dongo Sawmills 0 – 3 Harare City
- Buffaloes 3 – 0 Whawha
- Hwange 1 – 1 FC Platinum
- Triangle 2 – 0 Tsholotsho
- CAPS United 0 – 0 Flame Lily
- Highlanders 1 – 1 How Mine