Richards Bay FC slide to de­feat in the rain

Eyethu Baywatch - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO - Dave Sa­vides

HAV­ING gone ahead with a clas­sic goal soon af­ter the game started, Richards Bay FC were dis­ap­point­ingly on the wrong end of a see-saw strug­gle that saw them even­tu­ally slide to a 4-2 de­feat at the uMh­lathuze Sta­dium on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

But while the loss to Jomo Cos­mos was a bit­ter pill to swal­low, let it be said this was one of the most en­ter­tain­ing games lo­cal fans have wit­nessed for ages.

Both teams showed ex­cep­tional stan­dards of pass­ing and con­trol, even when the heav­ens opened at the break and the sec­ond half was played in steady rain and slip­pery con­di­tions.

Thabiso Nkoana thun­dered home a bel­ter af­ter seven min­utes af­ter be­ing clev­erly fed by Michael Gumede to give a pumped-up NRB side

the lead.

How­ever, one de­fen­sive lapse and a cruel de­flec­tion that left Bay skip­per Xolani Ng­cobo no chance be­tween the sticks saw the vis­i­tors nudge ahead and take a 2-1 lead into the change rooms.

It could have been a whole lot dif­fer­ent pic­ture had a num­ber of way­ward NRB shots and a few that were well saved found their way into the back of the net.

The sec­ond stanza had ex­actly the same pat­tern as the first 45 min­utes, with Stan­ley Muis­hond drilling a fierce long range shot past Cos­mos goalie King Ndlovu early on to level mat­ters at

2-2.

Alas, this was fol­lowed by march­ing or­ders for Thabo Rale­bak­eng af­ter a sec­ond yel­low and the ex­tra space on the field was ex­pertly ex­ploited by Jomo Sono’s men, who added an­other two late in the game to take the three points. Richards Bay will shake this one off and look for­ward to Sun­day’s away clash to Mthatha Bucks, who are lan­guish­ing in rock bot­tom po­si­tion on the NFD log.

Dave Sa­vides

Richards Bay head coach Jean Losci­uto looks on as play­maker Paseka Sekese slides a pass through the Cos­mos de­fence Michael Gumede stands strong against two op­po­nents be­fore feed­ing the ball for NRB’s first goal Stan­ley Muis­hond cel­e­brates his su­perb...

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