Absa Premiership match report Black Leopards v AmaZulu 15 December 2018
Posted: 15 December 2018 Time: 13:58
AmaZulu's three-game winning run in the Absa Premiership came to an end after they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Black Leopards on Saturday afternoon.
It was AmaZulu with the opening sight on goal after Emiliano Tade evaded a charge down to have a crack at Rotshidzwa Muleka, who had no choice but to stop the effort from finding the top corner.
A goalkeeping change was needed for Leopards after Muleka was unable to continue. He was replaced by Themba Ndlovu inside five minutes.
Butholezwe Ncube from a few metres outside the box called Ndlovu to an acrobatic finger-tip after being nicely set-up, as the KZN side continued to threaten.
Through injury, Usuthu were forced to make an early change before the half and hour mark when Xolani Slawula entered for Marc Van Heerden.
Leopards made a few threats of their own with Mwape Musonda picking off a few through balls to get a sight on goal, but ultimately neither side could find a breakthrough before the break.
Renewed energy was how AmaZulu kick started the second half, with Tade flashing a shot from outside the box narrowly wide of target.
Lidoda Duvha quickly plumed up a response from a wide space when Pentjie Zulu’s shot needed Siyabonga Mbatha to get down to push the effort for a corner.
Similarly, Khuliso Mudau made space through the edge of the box to get a shot away from the right which landed straight to Mbatha.
The stadium was brought to raptures when Leopards went ahead through an easy tap-in from five-yards inside the box by Lefa Hlongwane after a through ball from Zulu.
Soon, it was two when Bereng latched on to a nicely laid through ball to blast into the roof of the net with 12 minutes to go.
Substitute Lesedi Kapinga shaved the outside of the post, as Leopards closed in on a third following a string of passes which started from the right hand side.
In quite exquisite fashion, Karuru handed the visitors a lifeline with a back-heel from inside the box following a cross from the right.
Intentions of a come back was quickly squashed as Musonda beat the offside trap to find the top corner to restore their two-goal cushion and hand Dylan Kerr his first win in the dugout.
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