M’well Academy win opening league encounter

2016-10-19 06:00
Royal Bucks winger Aviwe Vani displays his soccer skills. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

Royal Bucks winger Aviwe Vani displays his soccer skills. Photo: SELBY MADIKANE

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MOTHERWELL Academy got off to a good start this season when they overcame Royal Bucks 2-0 in their Safa Nelson Mandela Bay SAB Regional League opening game at the Motherwell NU 2 Stadium on Saturday.

Despite chilly and windy conditions, fans came out in large numbers to watch the Motherwell derby. Following a lively start, Motherwell broke the deadlock when Abongile Twani scored a spectacular goal, with Royal Bucks goalkeeper Sibongile Baron Tsewana well beaten in 40th minute.

Motherwell seemed to be threatening down their wings. Tsewana showcased his heroics when he saved Twani’s thunderous shot in a range in the 44th minute.

Motherwell left wing Bulelani Busko Nongongoma gave the Bucks’ young wingback Thabo Manyathi a tough time.

On the other hand, the Bucks had a couple of chances of their own, but Motherwell goalkeeper Xolisa Pamba showed his class by saving the efforts of Nkosikhona Simayile and Aviwe Vani. Motherwell ended the first 45 minutes as the better of the two sides. However, Pamba left the Bucks players frustrated as he was on fire between the goals.

The Bucks looked as if they would score their opening goal, but Pamba was unbeatable between the sticks.

The Bucks nearly broke the deadlock after Qetello Letsie’s well-struck shot went wide in the 62nd minute with Pamba well beaten after a good move by Lwazi Rodolo and Vani.

Motherwell right wing Xolisa Njamela delivered a good cross to Nongongoma, who put the ball in the back of the net in the 79th minute.

Other results in the Safa Nelson Mandela Bay SAB Regional League:

Camper United 0-1 NMMU Madibaz

Mabayibone Strikers 2-0 Showvillage United

Central Acemates 0-1 Young Cosmos

Despatch Pioneers 0-2 Ikamva Movers

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