Lion City lose to lacklustre Milan

2017-11-22 06:00
Matta Milan left wing Mpakamo Jininda competes with Lion City skipper Phumelelo Msila for the ball.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Matta Milan left wing Mpakamo Jininda competes with Lion City skipper Phumelelo Msila for the ball.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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MATTA Milan rubbed salt into Lion City’s wounds when they defeated them 2-1 during their ABC Motsepe League clash at Motherwell NU 2 Stadium on Saturday.

Both sides suffered huge defeats last Saturday when City went down 4-2 to Mthatha City, while Milan were defeated 6-0 by Bizana Pondo Chiefs.

Milan drew three games this season, while City won only two games and drew one so far in their seven games.

The first half ended in a goalless draw. In the second half, City’s back wings looked shaky and Milan’s wings took advantage of that.

Milan skipper, Thamsanqa Tibe, rounded City left wing back Sinolwethu Pakana and whipped in a long cross to Mpakamo Jininda who scored his side’s opening goal in the 57th minute.

City could have equalised, but their substitute, Mkhuseli Mgodleli, missed the cross that was supplied to him by Luxolo Bibo Tobi in the 70th minute. Mbangetha Thando passed the cross that was earlier missed by Mgodleli and sent it to his skipper, Tibe.

He delivered a good pass to Xolisile Mbada who scored Milan’s second goal in the 71st minute.

City caught the visitors’ defenders sleeping with Malizole Freedom Funani banging in their consolation goal in the 83rd minute. City supporters’ hopes were shattered after Mnoneleli Mayeye Zitho’s shot flew over the goals with goalkeeper Ayabonga Mbilini beaten.

The game between FC Buffalo and SUBS did not take place, but Safa EC Secretary Isaac Klaas stated the reason would be made known after match officials submitted their reports.

Other ABC Motsepe League results:

Spears 2-1 Bizana Pondo Chiefs

Highbury 1-2 Sibanye FC

Future Tigers 1-1 Mthatha City

EC Bees 2-1 Tornado

City Lads 5-1 Try Again

PE Stars 0-0 Butterworth FC

– SELBY MADIKANE

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