Shabanie Mine ………….(2)2
Triangle ………………….. (0)0
SHABANIE MINE enhanced their chances of finishing in the top eight after dismissing Triangle 2-0 in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match played at Maglas Stadium yesterday.
A brace by Pervington Zimunya in the 20th and 40th minutes saw the Chinda Boys take their points tally to 40 and move one place up into eighth position on the log.
Shabanie Mine coach Luke Masomere praised his charges for a good show which saw his side collect four points in two matches.
“It was a very good result and I am happy to have collected maximum points. We played very well regardless of injuries that dogged us ahead of the match,” he said.
Gishon Ntini, the Triangle coach, conceded defeat.
“We played very well, but Shabanie Mine were better in front of goal. Most of my regular players did not feature today and I think that to some extent affected our game,” he said.
The two teams struggled with their game, resulting in the match turning into a ping pong affair which, however, suited Shabanie Mine, who usually rely on pumping long balls forward.
Rightfully so, the home side found themselves in the lead 20 minutes into the match when Zimunya got to the end of a Frank Bushiri cross from the left and beat Ashley Reyners in goals for Triangle with a first-time short from inside the box.
Zimunya returned to haunt Reyners 20 minutes later when he converted from the penalty spot after the Triangle goalkeeper had brought him down inside the box in a one on one situation.
Triangle, who struggled for rhythm, allowing Shabanie to settle, hardly created any meaningful chances in the first half.
The Sugar Boys returned a different side after the breather, perhaps after some lashing from Ntini and almost pulled one back in the 46th minute, but Misheck Mburayi’s shot from outside the box was parried out for a corner by Victor Twaliki in goals for Shabanie Mine.
Zimunya could have grabbed himself a hat-trick in the 56th minute, but Reyners denied him with a point-blank save.
The Shabanie Mine midfielder who was lurking unmarked inside the box, got to the end of a Valentine Ndaba cross, but watched in agony as Reyners blocked his fine header from close range.
Ntini pulled out William Gondo for Richard Kawondera in the 57th minute as he tried to bring in fresh legs and maybe reduce the deficit.