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Macufe Cup match report 08 October 2017

Posted: 8 October 2017 Time: 13:59

Kaizer Chiefs won the Macufe Cup for the second successive year after defeating Bloemfontein Celtic 4-2 at the Free State Stadium.

Dumisani Zuma grabbed an early lead for Amakhosi with an impressive lobbed finish, before Victor Letsoalo quickly levelled matters for Siwelele as both teams opted for an all out attack.

Letsoalo put the Free State outfit ahead in the 19th minute with a header inside the area that found the bottom corner, 2-1.

Siyabonga Ngezana then brought Steve Komphela's troops back into the game with a header from close range a minute later, following a corner from George Maluleka.

The match was still open after half-an-hour with the vociferous crowd at Free State Stadium spurring the players on.

Bernard Parker put Amakhosi back into the lead on the stroke of halftime after being gifted space at the far post, 2-3.

Amakhosi made a number of changes at the start of the second half, which saw the likes of Joseph Molangoane, William Twala, Sibusiso Khumalo, Ryan Moon and Keagan Buchanan come onto the park.

The flow of the match was affected as both teams could not get into the last third 10 minutes into the second half.

Moon thought he had scored the fourth goal for the visitors in the 65th minute but his close-range finish was ruled out for offside by the linesman on the far side after being teed up by Molangoane.

The chances continued to dry up going into the 77th minute with Siwelele struggling to combine going forward but desperate for the equaliser.

Molangoane was brought down inside the penalty area in the 90th minute and the referee pointed to the spot. Moon stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards out to extend Chiefs' lead to 4-2.

Teams:

Celtic: Mtshali, Molekwane, Ntuli, Khasip(Sibanda 54'), Mahlasela (Masuku 84'), Abondo (Dlamini 61'), Maruping (Mabaso 79'), Phalane, Lubisi (Jembula 46'), Letsoalo, Nyondo.

Chiefs: Khuzwayo, Katsande, Ngezana, Moleko, Maluleka (Buchanan 46') Meyiwa, Jayiya (Twala 46'), Zulu (Khumalo 46'), Zuma (Molangoane 46'), Ekstein (Ngcobo 64'), Parker (Moon 46').

Article by: Staff Reporter
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