Highlands add to Chippa's woes

Premiership

Highlands Park leapfrogged Polokwane City into fourth spot in the Absa Premiership following a 2-0 win over Chippa United on Saturday evening.

Highlands coach Owen da Gama made two changes from the side that lost to Mamelodi Sundowns as Tendai Ndoro and Reneilwe Letsholonyane were called up, while midweek hero Lehlogonolo Masalesa started for Chippa this time around.

The Lions of the North were ahead on 19 minutes when a cut back from Ndoro landed perfectly for Spiwe Msimango, who stabbed into an empty net after an error from Chippa goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.

Highlands thought they had gone further in front as Letsholonyane crossed to Peter Shalulile for an easy tap-in, but the latter's strike was flagged offside.

The halftime break brought renewed optimism for Chippa, who made the game’s first change as William Twala entered for Masalesa.

Highlands struggled to string passes together despite the front-foot, whilst the visitors maintained belief with balls into penetrative areas afterwards.

The Chilli Boys looked to have levelled two minutes later after Twala turned his marker to find the bottom corner, but the effort was offside as frustration began to grow for the visitors.

Needless though, Highlands upped their tally seven minutes later after Ndoro’s first-time volley took a wicked bounce off the surface and sailed into the far corner.

Siyabangena Siyabahlaba eased to victory at the end and jump up to fourth spot, while Chippa remain the only side left in the Absa Premiership without a win this season.

Teams:

Highlands: Ngobeni, Mokoena, Mbhele, Msimango, Rae, Mbunjana, Williams, Letsholonyane, Shalulile, Mvala, Ndoro.

Subs: Heugh, Mogaila, Msane, Mbatha, Jooste, Motsepe, Nyembe.

Chippa: Tignyemb, Damons, K.Moyo, Nsabiyumva, E.Moyo, Komane, Masalesa, Malepe, Maziya, Maphangule, L.Manzini.

Subs: Mazibuko, Twala, R.Manzini, Modisane, Mahola, Kwem, Lentjies.

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