Highbury celebrate weekend victory over Spears

2018-03-28 06:00
Highbury defender Lusanda Magasana is challenged by Spears striker Sabelo Xolo.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Highbury defender Lusanda Magasana is challenged by Spears striker Sabelo Xolo.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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THE Nelson Mandela Bay semi-professional side, Highbury FC, gave a good account of themselves when they overcame Spears of the Nation 2-0 during their ABC Motsepe League match at the NMU South Campus Fields on Human Rights Day.

Highbury FC got into the game slowly, with the visiting side attacking relentlessly. However, Highbury’s defence did their homework as they avoided making unnecessary mistakes.

Spears skipper Mncedisi Nala and midfielder Zolani Nobetshi initiated good moves in the midfield, but Highbury skipper Bright Ndlovu kept on stopping the duo.

Highbury’s long-serving player, Andile Mkhize, was outstanding in the central defence position. Nala sent a perfect pass to his striker, Olwethu Sithole, whose effort was halted by Ndlovu.

Spears came up strong with their right wing, Sabelo Xolo, attempting a close-range shot that was saved by Highbury goalkeeper Ntuthuko Mthethwa.

Highbury right winger Luyanda Jibiliza, along with Ndlovu and Ntuthuko Goqo, gave Spears’ defence a headache when they attacked. In the last minutes of the first half, Mziwamahlubi Mthintsilana struck a powerful shot from a set piece that gave the home side a 1-0 lead, with Spears’ goalkeeper, Mpumelelo Luwaca, well beaten.

In the second half, Highbury could have doubled their lead after Goqo failed to score a goal following the handling errors made by goalkeeper Luwaca.

Jackson Dondolo and Ndlovu made some good runs down the right flank.

Mthintsilana defeated the goalkeeper with a scorcher that gave Highbury a two-goal cushion. Highbury goalkeeper Mthethwa was the hero of the day when he deflected a close-range header by Xolo.

Ndlovu intercepted Spears left back Mbonisi Chagi’s pass, but Goqo expected to receive the ball that he shot straight into Luwaca’s hands.

Other ABC Motsepe League results:

PE Stars 1-2 Tornado

Lion City 1-2 Bizana Pondo Chiefs

Matta Milan 1-0 Future Tigers

Butterworth 0-0 Try Again FC

FC Buffalo 1-0 Sibanye

SUBS 1-1 Butterworth

Lion City 2-1 Future Tigers

Tornado FC 7-1 Try Again FC

Bizana Pondo Chiefs 5-3 Highbury

Matta Milan 0-0 EC Bees

Sibanye 2-0 (w/o) City Lads

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