Date:15 December 2016 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Madridtas continued to pave their way up the points ladder by beating A1 Terrors 2-1 in their ABC Motsepe League match at the Tshifudi Stadium on Saturday.
As if they were playing in front of their home crowd, Terrors approached the game aggressively, with their strikers showing a huge appetite for goals. They knocked on the opposition's door for the first time in the 10th minute. Solomon Seopela tried his luck from the edge of the box with a half volley. The keeper of Madridtas, Thuso Nevhufumba, stretched to the limit to execute a brilliant save.
That was a wake-up call to the defenders of Madridtas, Khathutshelo Mukomafhedzi, Lutendo Mulaudzi and Maduvha Mudologi. Madridtas had their chance in the 19th minute, but their bulldozer striker, Pfunzo Tshikotshi, suffered the pain of watching his ground cutter going wide.
The visitors from Modimolle were the first to find the net. A defender of Madridtas, Mulisa Phalanndwa, handled the ball within his own penalty box. The referee, Mr Sandani Nelufule, was quick to award a penalty to Terrors. Johannes Diale scored from the white spot with a ground cutter. The home side found the equalizer nine minutes later.
Reagan Maluleke was on target with a header, following a neat pass from Gift Nemutandani. Two defenders for Terrors, Elias Morapedi and Freddy Tlale, were reprimanded with yellow cards for the use of abusive language towards the referee in the 37th minute. Madridtas replaced Tondani Nkhumeleni and Reagan Malulele with Rofhiwa Netshiungani and Khuliso Gunyule respectively in the 59th minute.
Netshiungani formed a deadly combination with Pfunzo Tshikotshi and Dakalo Nemakonde at the forefront. Dakalo Nemakonde was warned with a card for obstructing Lawrence Seema in the 74th minute. Madridtas scored their winning goal via Dakalo Nemakonde seven minutes before the final whistle. Madridtas solidified their defence by introducing Lucky Masutha for Khathutshelo Nemakonde in the dying minutes of the game.
Gift Nemutandani of Madridtas kicks the high ball, while Ronny Kgare of Terrors is on his heels.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.