Leopards send Vasco back to the sea

2011-06-11 20:14

Black Leopards demolished Vasco da Gama 3-1 in the second leg of the promotion play-offs semifinal at Cape Town Stadium yesterday.

The result relegated the Cape side back to the National First Division after just a season in top flight football.

Vasco finished 15th on the Absa Premiership standings last season, which meant they had to contest in a four-team play-offs to regain their spot in the premier division.

The play-offs involve a two-legged semifinal as well as a final that is also played over two legs but yesterday Vasco fell at the first hurdle to the team they beat in last year’s play-offs to gain promotion.

The Cape side came into the match with a slight advantage, having drawn the first leg 1-1 away at Seshego Stadium last weekend.

Vasco were the first to score through their captain, Keenen Lesch, when he headed home in the 20th minute from a Josephy Kamwendo cross from the right side.

Leopards found the equaliser nine minutes later when Edgar Manaka completed the good work displayed by captain Mongezi Bobe with a cool finish to make it 1-1.

The Limpopo side went ahead four minutes into the second half, with Bobe turning the provider again to set up striker Rodney Ramagalela, who made no mistake by putting Leopards in the driving seat.

Any chance of Vasco staging a late comeback was crushed in the 85th minute when Ramagalela netted his second of the match to send
Leopards to the play-offs final and condemn Vasco to the First Division.

At the time of going to print Leopards were waiting for the winner between Bay United and Thanda Royal Zulu.

Leopards will meet the winner in a two-legged final on Wednesday and Saturday. – SuperSport.com

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