Try Again kick off New Year on a positive note

2018-01-10 06:00
Try Again Football Club midfielder, Andile Mqebele, keeps an eye on Lion City midfielder, Mnoneleli Mayeye Zitho. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Try Again Football Club midfielder, Andile Mqebele, keeps an eye on Lion City midfielder, Mnoneleli Mayeye Zitho. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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TRY Again Football Club (TAFC) embarrassed Lion City 3-1 in front of their diehard supporters during their ABC Motsepe League clash that took place at Motherwell NU 2 Stadium on Saturday.

City took the game to the visitors with their midfielders winning the lion’s share of ball possession. Ayabonga Koli, Mnoneleli Zitho, Luxolo Tobi and Kgasane Kgasane piled immense pressure on their counterparts. Koli whipped a perfect cross to Freedom Masixole Funani who headed home a world-class goal.

City could have scored more goals, but their strikers were harmless in front of TAFC’s goalkeeper, Sikelela Pink.

TAFC striker Samkelo Koti scored the equalising goal after a long struggle late in the first half. The two sides then went to the break with a goal apiece.

TAFC stepped up their game in the second half with City’s experienced midfielder, Zitho, sustaining an injury. Head coach Thembinkosi Bigman Lindani had no option but to replace Zitho with Thozamile Bojo Magwala.

Zitho played an instrumental role in the midfield and his absence was highly felt as his side’s midfielders looked disjointed. TAFC increased their lead following a goal that was banged in by Yanga Sigidi.

City could not crack the defence of TAFC because their 10 players made sure the hosts did not get a chance to score. Koti put the last nail into City’s coffin when he scored his second goal that made the final score 3-1 in favour of TAFC.

In another game, Highbury FC started the year in grand style after they walloped Butterworth 4-0 at Gelvandale Stadium. Abdul “Charlie” Seidu came up with a brace while Masixole “China” Mkokeli and Chris Vena scored a goal apiece.

SUBS also registered an emphatic 3-1 win over Matta Milan in Butterworth, while PE Stars secured a comprehensive 5-1 away victory over Future Tigers in Ginsberg.

Sibanye FC played to a 1-1 draw against Mthatha City at Gelvandale Stadium.

Other ABC Motsepe League results:

Bizana Pondo Chiefs 1-2 EC Bees

FC Buffalo 0-2 City Lads

Spears 1-2 Tornado.

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