Ngcobo brace sinks Aces
Posted: 5 April 2014 Time: 15:18
Mpumalanga Black Aces’ good run in the League came to an end on Saturday afternoon when they lost 2-1 to Bidvest Wits at Mbombela Stadium.
Sthembiso Ngcobo scored a brace for the Clever Boys before hobbling off injured, while Tendai Ndoro netted the only goal for the hosts.
Ngcobo opened the scoring in the ninth minute when he beat Bafana Nhlapo with a deft lob after he was played through by a long ball from Calvin Kadi.
Ndoro had an opportunity to level matters two minutes later when he found some space on the right, but Moeneeb Josephs reacted quickly to push his effort wide of goal.
The Clever Boys threatened again in the 14th minute as a clearance fell for Jabulani Shongwe just outside the box, but he was unable to keep his volley effort down.
However, Ngcobo completed his brace a minute later, running behind the Aces defence to reach a pass from Asive Langwe before burying the ball into the bottom right corner.
Substitute Ryan Chapman had his first opportunity three minutes later after collecting a pass from Sibusiso Vilakazi, only to see his low shot saved by Nhlapo.
AmaZayoni reduced the deficit in the 41st minute when Ndoro nodded past an exposed Josephs from close range, with Abia Nale providing the assist from the right side of the box.
The second half saw Aces applying more pressure, but Mbulelo Mabizela failed to hit the target in the 60th minute after rising highest to reach Clifford Ngobeni’s corner at the far post.
Josephs then pulled off a brilliant double-save in the 73rd minute to keep his side in the lead, stopping an effort from Thabo Qalinge before keeping out Themba Zwane’s follow-up shot.
The visitors could have sealed the win in the 82nd minute when a quick counter-attack caught Aces short at the back, but Chapman was unable to capitalise as he shot wide of the target from inside the box.
Clive Barker’s side threw everything at Wits in the closing stages, but Josephs produced another great save in the second minute of added time, diving to his left to parry a powerful strike from Method Mwanjale.