MONOMOTAPA completed a treble over Motor Action when beating the Mighty Bulls at Motor Action Sports Club yesterday in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match.
REPORT BY HENRY MHARA
Motor Action. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Monomotapa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (1) 2
A first-half header by Blessing Bizeki and a simple tap-in by the impressive Clive Boroma early in the second half, saw Monoz run out comfortable winners.
The win took Monoz into position nine with 22 points, the same as Buffaloes who thumped Tripple B 5-1 at Sakubva Stadium yesterday, leaving the Bulls at bottom place with 13 points.
This was the third meeting between the two teams in a space of three weeks, after their league reverse fixture a fortnight ago and then in the BancABC Sup8r quarter-finals last week — Monoz winning all the encounters.
“We are proving to be Monoz customers,” Motor Action coach Joey Antipas said after the match.
“This was a poor display by my guys. They were running like headless chickens and it does not bode well for us. We are lacking quality players and depth,” he added.
Monoz coach Biggie Zuze, making a return to the bench after a brief absence, was satisfied.
“We worked hard for the three points. We knew it was going to be hard after our previous two matches, but we managed to dominate in both halves. It was a game well played,” Zuze said.
It was the home side that was quicker out of the blocks.
They saw a glorious chance go begging inside the first five minutes.
The speedy Ngonidzashe Maviri outpaced his marker on the right and his shot hit the crossbar after taking a slight deflection from the keeper’s palm.
Innocent Kutsanzira should have put the Mighty Bulls in front moments later, but he headed wide after beating an offside trap to meet Passmore Bernard’s free-kick.
Monoz had struggled to settle in the opening minutes of the game with their possession football failing to click, but their first attack of any note on 15 minutes would yield a goal.
A free-kick from the right was headed in by Bizeki who rose unmarked inside the box.
Monoz were pushing hard for a second goal and could have got it, but Agrippa Murimba scooped his effort over on 22 minutes and would fail to connect home a cross from the exciting Hillary Mugoniwa a minute later.
Motor Action’s best chance to equalise in the first half came on 39th minute when Merciful Ncube ran clear, but hurried his effort which went high and wide.
They would regret this chance when Monoz increased their lead 10 minutes after the break. Murimba intercepted Godfrey Moyo’s back-pass and squared the ball to Boroma who tapped home.
The outstanding Boroma nearly claimed his second of the afternoon minutes later, but his shot from inside the box was parried away by goalkeeper Marlon Jani.