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Gauteng edge EP in five goal thriller

Gauteng edge EP in five goal thriller
Mothusi Madilola of Gauteng during the match between Gauteng (Blue) and Eastern Cape (Red) 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. 16:08

A brace from man-of-the-match Phillip Ndlondlo secured a 3-2 win for the the Gauteng province over the Eastern Cape in a highly entertaining 2014 SAB Under-21 National Championship encounter at the North West University Sports Grounds in Mafikeng on Wednesday.

Gauteng lead throughout to seal their progression in the tournament while the Eastern Cape crashed out following two consecutive defeats.

Lonwabo Nganglaza scored on either side of the break to grab himself a double for the Eastern Cape.

The Eastern Cape who were in dire need of a win went close through Lelethu Mini in the fifth minute, his powerful effort narrowly sailing over the bar.

It was Gauteng though who opened the scoring in the 22nd minute.A delightful left-footed cross from Phillip 'Masilela' Molangoane found namesake Ndlondlo who made no mistake from close range.

Gauteng doubled their lead 10 minutes through Thembinkosi Mbamba, the lanky striker beat the offside trap before finishing with aplomb to register his first goal of the tournament.

Eastern Cape pulled one back in the 36th minute.

The referee awarded a contentious spot-kick for what seemed to be for a shirt tug, the manner didn't matter to Nganglaza who duly slotted the ball past Gayi Xolile.

The Eastern Cape almost found the equaliser on the cusp of half-time, Xolile was out muscled in the air, but an aware Elliot Seema was there to clear off the line.

Gauteng 2-1 Eastern Cape at the break.

Ndlondlo restored Gauteng's two goal lead seven minutes into the second stanza, the diminutive midfielder slipped through the heart of Eastern Cape's defence before delivering a delightful finish to complete his brace.

Eastern Cape to their credit never gave up and again pulled to within one goal through Ngangalaza in the 62nd minute.

A free-kick found its way through a sea of bodies to Nganglaza who produced a diving header to complete his double on the day.

Chances were at a premium in the closing stages as both teams began to tire, Gauteng 3-2 victors at the final whistle.