Baroka dump lack­lus­tre Sun­downs out of Knock­out

The Sunday Independent - - SPORT - ANA SPORTS REPORTER

BAROKA FC put in one of their best per­for­mances of the sea­son to see off Mamelodi Sun­downs with a 2-0 vic­tory in a Telkom Knock­out quar­ter­fi­nal at the Peter Mok­aba Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

A 22nd minute penalty from Mduduzi Mdantsane and an own goal 22 min­utes from time by Downs keeper Reyaad Pi­eterse, saw Bak­gaga through to a de­served win against a vis­it­ing team that rarely posed much threat in front of goal, de­spite their star-stud­ded line-up.

Sun­downs did start brightly, look­ing good with their move­ment and crisp in­ter­play, with Le­bo­hang Maboe par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. How­ever, as has been the case for much of this sea­son, there was no end prod­uct.

Baroka, cur­rently sec­ond bot­tom on the league ta­ble, had showed lit­tle threat go­ing for­ward. But they were gifted the chance to go in front when Mosa Le­busa was pe­nalised af­ter Tal­ent Chawapiwa’s header had struck his arm, in what was a de­bat­able call by ref­eree Vic­tor Gomes.

Mdantsane stepped up for the spot kick and took it with com­po­sure as he sent Pi­eterse the wrong way.

The Brazil­ians looked to play them­selves back into the game, but apart from a cou­ple of half chances for Gas­ton Sirino and an Andile Jali ball which nearly picked out Toni Silva, there was lit­tle threat to the home side’s goal.

The vis­i­tors con­tin­ued to en­joy more of the ball af­ter the in­ter­val, and were very un­lucky not to be back on level terms in the 53rd minute when Sirino had a goal ruled off­side.

In­stead, Sun­downs were to suf­fer a sucker punch in the 68th minute when Matome Kgoetyane’s cross was de­flected by Le­busa, be­fore a wrong­footed Pi­eterse turned the ball into his own net with his out­stretched fin­gers.

The hosts nearly added a third goal when a weak back-pass from Jali al­lowed Kgoetyane in, but af­ter lob­bing Pi­eterse, the ball landed on the roof of the net.

Sun­downs were still in with a chance and it took a fan­tas­tic div­ing save by Baroka keeper Elvis Chipezeze to keep out an 83rd minute shot from Aubrey Ngoma.

How­ever as things tran­spired, the Pre­to­ria team never looked like mak­ing a comeback and they could have lost by a larger mar­gin were it not for an ex­cel­lent save from Pi­eterse to deny Kgoetyane be­fore Te­bogo Sodi had a goal ruled off­sides and an­other shot blocked on the line. – African News Agency (ANA)

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