Baroka clinch crucial win over Galaxy


Baroka FC got back to winning ways in the DStv Premiership after defeating TS Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

As veteran Vuyo Mere debuted for Galaxy, the host named Bonginkosi Makume, Manuel Kambala, Thamsanqa Masiya and Kgodiso Monama as four changes from their loss to Marumo Gallants FC.

With heavy losses in midweek to Mamelodi Sundowns and TS Galaxy respectively, Baroka and Galaxy eagerly hoped to get back to winning ways in their fight against the dreaded axe.

To that, Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele showed their intention and registered the breakthrough within the first twenty minutes through a header by Sbonelo Ngubane from a ball by Sekela Sithole.

With the Rockets looking to get back and Bakgaga trying to obtain their tally, the visitors were reduced to ten players in additional time as Orebotse Mongae got his marching orders.

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The events prior to the end of the first spell required the Rockets to shuffle up their eleven ahead of the second half and removed McBeth Mahlangu for Carlos Fillipetto.

Baroka battled and battled profusely to maintain their narrow advantage with the visitors amidst a man down gunning for the equaliser moments from the resumption of play.

The introduction of Bafana Bafana international Ethan Brooks for Shane Roberts late on highlighted the very intention of the Rockets.

However, the host did enough in the latter exchanges to see out the win and ended their run of three straight defeats.

Confirmed line-ups:

Baroka: Masuluke,  Mphahlele,  Shozi, Farmer, Ngubane, Kambala, Makume, Masiya, Sithole, Monama,  Makgopa.

Subs: Chipezeze, Junior,  Dlala, Chauke, Bombi, Goldstone, Mgaga.

Galaxy: Van der Linde, Sanoka, M.Mahlangu, Msimango,  Mere, Roberts, Aubaas, Hlongwane, Mongae, Teto, Kwem.

Subs:  Kolak, Lekay, Mngomezulu, Brooks, Filipetto, S.Mahlangu, Nduli, Mbunjana, Mahashe.