NFD play-offs: Vasco back to First Division after one season in PSL

2011-06-13 00:00

BLACK Leopards beat Vasco da Gama 3-1 in the Promotion Playoffs semi-final second leg match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon to relegate the Cape side to the National First Division after just one season in top-flight football.

Vasco finished 15th on the Premier Soccer League standings last season which meant they had to contest in the four-team playoffs to regain their spot in the country’s premier division.

The playoffs involve a two-legged semi-final as well as a final that is also played over two legs, unfortunately for Vasco they fell at the first hurdle to the team they beat in last year’s playoffs to gain promotion.

The Cape side came into the match with a slight advantage after drawing the first leg 1-1 away from home on Wednesday.

Vasco were the first to score when their captain Keenen Lesch scored with a header in the 20th minute from a Josephy Kamwendo’s cross.

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.

Four minutes into the second half striker Rodney Ramagalela put Leopards in the driving seat.

In the 85th minute, Ramagalela netted his second of the match to send Leopards to the playoffs final and condemn Vasco to the first division.

Leopards will face Bay United in the playoffs final where the winner will be promoted to the Premier Soccer League next season.

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