Absa Premiership

Letsoalo double downs Black Leopards

Kgoloko Thobejane (Gallo Images)
Kgoloko Thobejane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Baroka remain unbeaten in the promotion/relegation play-offs after they recorded a 2-1 win over Black Leopards at the New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession against their Limpopo rivals, but Phathutshedzo Nange and Siphelele Ntshangase were struggling to make an impact.

Baroka almost took a fortuitous lead in the fourth minute when a cross from the right ricocheted off two defenders before visiting keeper Rotshidzwa Muleka reacted sharply to prevent an own-goal.

But the hosts opened the scoring in controversial fashion on 11 minutes which led to Muleka being substituted, after the keeper was knocked unconscious when he was caught in the head by Sipho Moeti's knee.

The referee decided to let play continue, and Moeti laid the ball back for Victor Letsoalo, who lifted it into the open net from 22 yards out.

Letsoalo then failed to test replacement keeper Aubrey Mathibe with a 26th minute header from Richard Matloga's cross on the right that sailed way over the crossbar.

However, the striker made no mistake with his next attempt four minutes before half-time as he got ahead of his marker at the near post to head Matloga's cross past Mathibe from six yards out.

Bakgaga took a comfortable two-goal lead into the break, but Mwape Musonda nearly pulled one back four minutes into the second half, only for the striker to waste his chance after being set up by Ntshangase.

Mziwokuthula Zimu was looking dangerous following his introduction in the 55th minute, shooting straight at Oscarine Masuluke from long range four minutes later before halving the deficit courtesy of a howler from the keeper.

Masuluke spilled a cross into the area under no pressure which allowed Zimu to tap into an open net from close range on 68 minutes.

The goal gave Lidoda Duvha confidence as they went in search of the equaliser, with Zimu again going close in the 74th minute as he steered a header against the left post from a cross on the right.

Masuluke produced a few more nervy moments in the closing stages, but he off a fine save in the 89th minute to help secure victory, pushing Musonda's shot from 20 yards out around the left post.

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