Sweet revenge for ‘Mamba as they thump Malanti
SOCCER - Correctional Services s i de Green Mamba have extended their unbeaten run to six after thumping Malanti Chiefs 3-2.
The tightly contested clash was played at the Somhlolo National Stadium yesterday. It was sweet revenge for the Correctional Services side which lost 0-1 to the Pigg’s Peak based ensemble in the first round of the league. Green Mamba dominated the first stanza and waited until the 40th minute to open score sheet and it was marauding striker Musa Dlamini who blasted home a Phinda 'Phindrix' Dlamini past the visitors’ goalkeeper Ntokozo Shabangu inside the box.
The green and white ensemble doubled the score-line three minutes later from the spot kick after Njabulo Tfwala was fouled inside the box.
It was Mamba’s defensive mid- fielder Mxolisi Mkhontfo took up the responsibility and he made no mistake but to net against former side before the breather.
The match took a different turn the last half with Malanti coming out with guns blazing. The Christopher Temba led charges pulled one back a minute into the restart through their hitman Charles Molopo who headed home a Sandile Mazibuko header.
The current league top goal scorer almost levelled matters in the 73rd-minute but was unfortunate as his fine header was tipped over the cross bar by Green Mamba goalkeeper Siyabonga Simelane. Green Mamba’s Solomon Oladele extended their lead eight minutes before fulltime with a fine strike much against the run of play inside the box. Malanti forced a comeback with Molopo’s grabbing brace, adding his tally to 12 goals.
The striker converted from the spot kick after Green Mamba defender Sanele Khumalo was penalised for handling a Njabulo Tfwala back pass inside the box.