Richards Bay FC slide to defeat in the rain
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
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
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.
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...