PSL : Weekend results wrap up
In a weekend of mixed emotions were we sadly heard of the passing of Maritzburg United Mondli Cele after a good performance against Orlando Pirates, we saw 26 goals being scored in the PSL this past weekend.
Bidvest Wits 1 – 2 Mpumalanga Black Aces – Milpark Stadium
This was an end to end game, both teams gave it their all. Phakamani Mahlambi was a thorn in the Aces defense, in the first half it was him versus Man of the Match Shu-aib Walters. Collen Mbesuma scored a brace to take his goal tally this season to ten, four above second place Daine Klate.
Muhsin Ertuğral seems to have found the formula to get the best out of Mbesuma, the question now remains can he reach 20 goals this season?
Polokwane City 4 – 1 Supersport – Peter Mokaba
Polokwane City went into this game with two defeats in a row, seating at 13th on the log standing with 12 points while Supersport were 8th with 17 points. Thobani Mncwango stole the show when he scored 4 goals to help Polokwane City get the much needed win under their belt. Supersport were always chasing the game as by the time they scored it was 2 -1 already. The win took Polokwane City to position 12 temporarily.
Golden Arrows 0 – 2 Chippa United
Abafana Bes’thende went into this game looking to make up get back to winning way under Coach Clinton Larsen after their first winless game against The Urban Warrior were they drew 1 -1. Chippa United had lost two of the influential players in Lucas Twala and Mark Mayambela. The Chill boys took control of the game and look the more hungry time between the two and they were rewarded for their efforts.
Sundowns 2 – 1 Pretoria University
Bafana ba style went into this game being on 3rd position with 27 points from 13 games being dethroned from the summit of the log . Sundowns were on a 12 games unbeaten streak and were looking to make it 13 games . A win would 3 points as well as winning Q2. Khama Billiat scored his third goal in four matches before Leonardo Castro doubled the the Brazilians lead with 18 minutes remaining. Thabo Mnyamane scored a superb solo effort, but ‘Downs held on to secure their ninth win of the season. Tuks should have equalized as they finished stronger but their shooting let then down.
Maritzburg United 3 -3 Orlando Pirates
This game was a thriller of the weekend. Maritzburg United were unbeaten in four games and were looking to carry on were they left off and cap it with a win. Orlando Pirates were looking to capitalize on their momentum against Tuks were they won 2 – 0 at Lafarge Orlando Stadium. Maritzburg United shocked everyone with they dispaly and they too 3-0 lead early in the first half before Thabo Rakhale pulled on back to make it 3-1 going into the brake. In the second half Pirates looked like a new team and Maritzburg United strategy of seating back and absorbing the pressure plus taking off their attacking players cost them 3 points. Thabo Matlaba and Kemit Erasmus both scored to level matter and share the spoils.
The sad news that we received after that game that the goal scorer Mondli Cele has passed on after a car accident, may his soul rest in peace.
Bloemfontein Celtic 0 – 1 Kaizer Chiefs
Both sides were chasing their first wins in the New Year and the hosts started the match with a youthful side as they dictated terms in the opening stages of the tie. In the 71st minute, Amakhosi were awarded a penalty when Twala was fouled in the box and Katsande converted from the spot to hand Chiefs the lead, 1-0. It was Amakhosi fourth penalty in so many games. Towards the final 10 minutes of the match Siwelele tried all they could to bounce back into the encounter, but the Amakhosi successfully held on for the win. Chiefs move to the fourth spot on the Absa Premiership log table with 25 points, leaving Siwelele at number nine with 17 points.
Platinum Stars 1 – 2 Free State Stars
Ndumiso Mabena can’t stop scoring as he makes it two goals in two games. The former Orlando Pirates striker Mabena broke the deadlock with a right-footed strike two minutes before the interval. It took only six minutes for the visitors to restore parity after the restart. Ea Lla Koto captain Paulus Masehe slotted home with his right foot to make it 1-1. Last season’s Absa Premiership Golden Boot winner Sekola then stepped up and handed Ea Lla Koto the lead from spot-kick, 2-1.
Jomo Cosmos 1 -2 Ajax Cape Town
Ajax Cape Town end their winless streak as they beat Jomo Cosmos. Charlton Mashumba was first to a through ball from Mxolisi Macuphu and clinically beat Anssi Jaakkola to make it 1-0 to Cosmos in the third minute. Ajax continued dedicating terms in the second stanza and made their pressure pay ten minutes into the half when Prince Nxumalo headed home a Franklyn Cale corner-kick, 1-1. Ajax did go in front when Nxumalo turned provider and supplied a cross for Mosa Lebusa to head home, 2-1.