PSL Promotion Playoff : Highlands Park move closer to gaining Promotion to PSL
Highlands Park edged University of Pretoria 1-0 in their PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-off tie in Tembisa on Saturday.
It was a cagey affair in the first half with both sides struggling to string passes along and losing ball position cheaply.
Atusaye Nyondo should have grabbed the first goal of the game on the 17th minutes but his curling shot from the edge of the box was easily dealt with by experienced goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.
Highlands suffered a setback as defender Ryan Rae went off with a knock to the face, and a force substitution was made with the introduction of Kgmotso Koena.
Amatuks also were forced to make a substitution after Mpho Maruping picked up an injury and Siyabonga Ngubane was introduced
Later on, in the first half, Thabo Mosadi alongside Nyondo started asking a lot of question to the Highlands Park defense
The game went into the break with both sides locked at 0 -0.
The second half provided better entertainment as both sides came out guns blazing
Highlands started the second period brightly, as Mothobi Mvala triggered a sharp stop from Tristyn Coetsee early on.
Highlands Park won a free kick just outside the box
Jose Garcia delivered sublime set-piece from range that left Coetsee flat-footed to make it Highlands 1 – 0 Amatuks
Amatuks call for a penalty was not heard after Kapini seemed to have fouled efforts from RonaldKetjijere and Getaneh Kebede.
Amatuks should have equalized but attempt after attempt went wide.Highlands park failed to capitalize every time they c
Highlands park failed to capitalize every time they caught Amatuks on the counter.
Allan Freese’s charges top the three-team table with six points from two games – three points ahead of Mbombela United.
AmaTuks are yet to open their account after two matches.
Highlands Park: Kapini, Leonard, Rae, Isaacs, Mphele, Christian, Matloga, Mvala, Mathibe, Boke, Garcia
AmaTuks: Coetsee, Jaure, Mthethwa, Sibande, Zwane, Maruping, Ntombayithethi, Ketjijere, Mosadi, Kebede, Nyondo