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Limpopo register first win

Limpopo register first win
Brian Siphamandla Mazubane of Kwa Zulu Natal challenged by Nyiko Nkwinika of Limpopo during the match between Limpopo (P) and KwaZulu Natal (G) at the SAB U21 National Championships being held at the North West University Stadium on the 16 July 2014

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014. 12:45

Limpopo claimed their first win at the SAB Under-21 Championship when they defeated KwaZulu-Natal 3-2 at the North West University Sports Grounds on Wednesday.

Dawny Makgatho scored a brace and Candy Eethe was also on target for Limpopo, while Kwanele Hlongwane and Mondli Ndlovu were on target for KZN.

Limpopo went into the game needing maximum points to revive their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals and fired the first effort in the 7th minute with Keletso Matlala curling a freekick wide of the near post.

JB Muhlaba's side continued to apply the pressure and twice came close to breaking the deadlock with Hlulani Mandlazi firing a low effort wide in the 20th minute, while Murphy Matoane did the same less than a minute later.

Then it was KwaZulu-Natal who twice threatened their opponents' goal as Romario Morris forced a good save from the goalkeeper in the 23rd minute, before Steven Michaels shot straight at goalkeeper from close range two minutes later.

Sphamandla Mazubane then saw his solid volley saved by William Kgopa in the 43rd minute but the Limpopo goalkeeper was beaten a minute later as Hlongwane finished from close range to make it 1-0 after his side failed to clear the ball inside the six-yard box.

Limpopo almost levelled matters on the stroke of half time as Murphy Matoane rose highest to meet a corner from Mandlazi, only to see his heafder tipped over the crossbar by Anton Lungwase.

KwaZulu-Natal were under pressure from the restart with Makgatho forcing a brilliant low shot from Lungwase with a well-struck right-footed shot in the 47th minute.

Limpopo eventually made their pressure count in the 52nd minute as Makgatho buried the ball past the goalkeeper from the left side to level the scores at 1-1.

Makgatho then turned from scorer to provider six minutes later, cutting in from the left before playing a low cross for Eethe to bury his first time shot past the diving goalkeeper, putting his side 2-1 ahead.

Makgatho then grabbed his brace in the 78th minute, running onto a brilliant through-pass on the left before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner to hand his side a 3-1 lead.

KwaZulu-Natal pulled one goal back in the 80th minute from a swift move which saw Hlongwane breaking through on the left before squaring the ball for Ndlovu to sidefoot home.

With North West going down to Free State in their last match, all four teams in the group are tied on four points and the top three sides will be decided on goal difference.