Highlands edge AmaTuks
Posted: 11 June 2016 Time: 14:14
Highlands Park edged University of Pretoria 1-0 in their PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-off tie in Tembisa on Saturday.
Jose Garcia decided affairs with a superb free-kick in the 52nd minute at Makhulong Stadium.
Allan Freese's charges top the three-team table with six points from two games - three points ahead of Mbombela United.
AmaTuks are yet to open their account after two matches.
The visitors were the better side in the first half, with Atusaye Nyondo testing goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini with a curling shot from the edge of the area 17 minutes in.
Highlands suffered a setback three minutes later as defender Ryan Rae went off with a knock to the face, prompting the introduction of Kgmotso Koena.
Soon after Tuks were forced to make a change as Siyabonga Ngubane took the place of the injured Mpho Maruping.
Shaun Bartlett's men showed intent going forward towards the end of the stanza through the likes of Nyondo and Thabo Mosadi.
Highlands started the second period brightly, as Mothobi Mvala triggered a sharp stop from Tristyn Coetsee early on.
The NFD runners-up stole ahead a minute later through Garcia's sublime set-piece from range.
Bartlett's side pressed for a way back but Kapini survived a penalty shout as he foiled efforts from Ronald Ketjijere and Getaneh Kebede.
Highlands Park: Kapini, Leonard, Rae, Isaacs, Mphele, Christian, Matloga, Mvala, Mathibe, Boke, Garcia
AmaTuks: Coetsee, Jaure, Mthethwa, Sibande, Zwane, Maruping, Ntombayithethi, Ketjijere, Mosadi, Kebede, Nyondo